Gen Re: Experienced Life Underwriter (Cape Town)

Experienced Life Underwriter

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General Re Corporation, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is a holding company for global reinsurance and related operations, with more than 2,000 employees worldwide. It owns General Reinsurance Corporation and General Reinsurance AG, which conduct business as Gen Re.

Gen Re delivers reinsurance solutions to the Life/Health and Property/Casualty insurance industries. Represented in all major reinsurance markets through a network of more than 40 offices, we have earned superior financial strength ratings from each of the major rating agencies.

General Reinsurance Africa Ltd (a subsidiary of General Reinsurance AG) currently offers an excellent opportunity for an Experienced Life Underwriter in our Cape Town office.


Your Role

The position of Life Underwriter includes a broad range of tasks, including:

  • Providing technical underwriting advice and support to Gen Re clients

  • Evaluating life insurance products in relation to best risk management practices

  • Assimilation of a variety of information and the ability to distil, synopsise, conclude and communicate a well thought through decision, bearing in mind the variety of company product rules and Gen Re governance.

  • Delivering of presentations and training

  • Marketing activities, including giving presentations at conferences and writing articles

  • Participating in international projects


Responsibilities continue to grow and evolve throughout one’s career at Gen Re. Our employees enjoy a strong work/life balance, flexibility, a quality work environment, comprehensive benefits and a competitive compensation structure. We are continually committed to strengthening our employees’ professional skills, industry knowledge and personal growth.


Your Profile

  • South African product knowledge – Life, disability and health insurance

  • Medical qualifications would be advantageous

  • Significant underwriting experience

  • Previous education and training experience within the life insurance industry

  • Ability to provide underwriting assessments on a range of life insurance products

  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

  • Capacity to work effectively in a team environment

  • High degree of energy and creativity

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Solid software skills

  • Fluent English


Does this sounds exciting?

If you are interested in this position, please submit your CV together with details of your salary expectations and your earliest possible starting date to careerscapetown@genre.com.


In your cover letter please let us know what interests you about the role and why you think you would be right for the position.

The closing date for applications is 15 November 2020.


Only successful candidates will be contacted. Preference will be given to previously disadvantaged candidates.

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