Head Cost Allocations (Ref. No.: 85897)

Place of work
Contract type
Start date
By agreement

Information about the position

Job description, responsibilities and duties

About us:
This is your opportunity to join Swiss Re Group - one of the world's leading wholesale providers of reinsurance, insurance and other creative forms of insurance-based risk transfer. Our business at Swiss Re is about understanding and analysing the major risks that concern the world - from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. We combine experience with expertise and creative thinking to build new opportunities and solutions for our clients. And we enable the risk-taking essential to enterprise and progress. This is only possible with around 10,000 truly exceptional Swiss Re people across our group worldwide.
About the role
You will lead a team of finance professionals that administers the process and governance, stakeholder coordination, tools and change management related to global cost allocations at Swiss Re. This includes both the preparation of management views of costs across the company´s business segments and the execution of intercompany recharges across our legal entities globally. Having the ability to drive a newly integrated set of global processes and stakeholders related to costs – on a newly rolled-out platform (Service Cost Accounting using SAP technology) – is crucial.
You will report to the Head of Group Cost Management and will necessitate sophisticated interactions with leaders in the Finance, IT, Operations, Legal and Global Outsourcing communities who are involved in the recharges and allocation of administrative costs. A nuanced understanding of Swiss Re's cost allocation model from a financial and conceptual standpoint will be required very rapidly.
Key activities include:
Central custody of all data related to cost and intercompany recharges, including all master data (both self-generated and interfaced), allocation keys and drivers, and cost bases
Process management and coordination of change management for allocations and recharges, including steering the approval process
Coordination and facilitation of the cost governance bodies, including regular operational alignment and execution, as well a Change Advisory Board for large-scale future release management and development
Oversight of intercompany service agreement management including agreement inception, change management and associated workflows involving all key finance, legal and operations partners
Robust process documentation and risk control framework covering all elements of the integrated solution (Business Segment/Management Unit results and legal entity bookings/recharges), including interaction with operational risk management and internal/external audit
Ensuring delivery of accurate and timely intra-group service recharges for quarterly accounting submissions, as well as for full-year projections and the annual financial plan. Oversee and lead preparation of ad hoc reporting and financial analysis including simulation runs
Drive the cost allocation process into the next level or automation and digitalization as part of the overall Finance Group Operations (FGO)tech deliverables
This role also involves regular communication with the cost planning, reporting and assurance teams in FGO; coordination with divisional cost controllers across all Business Divisions and Group Functions; and regular dialogue with individuals in non-technical accounting, indirect tax, transfer pricing, legal and global outsourcing. Finally, the ability to condense complex model implications into concrete financial outcomes will be key for your regular interactions with the Group Operations CFO.

Basic wage component (gross) and other rewards

Minimum base salary for this job from 2500 EUR gross/month/full time. Our offer to you may be higher based on your skills and experience and will include additional rewards and benefits.

Requirements for the employee

Candidates with education suit the position

University education (Bachelor's degree)
University education (Master's degree)

Language skills

English - Upper intermediate (B2)

Personality requirements and skills

About you:
We are looking for you if you love working in a fast-paced environment and enjoy the contrast of process and governance execution with ad hoc delivery. You use your analytical strength and flair for numbers to support our internal stakeholders in their quest for more transparency and ultimately more productivity. A deep understanding of process management and quality assurance is essential to provide reliable and timely information for our management.
This position is for you, if:
You are eager to focus and commit for our clients/partners
You are a good communicator, listener and facilitator
You are experienced in planning, prioritizing and administering work in an international and cross-functional environment
You are able to convey complicated information in a structured and managerial way
Feeling at home in abstract concepts yet pragmatic when it comes to implementation
Used to dealing constructively with senior stakeholders
University degree, preferable in a finance related field
Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
Exemplary facility in written and spoken English
Deep understanding of Swiss Re business organization, business processes and corporate culture is a strong asset but not a necessary requirement.


Brief description of the company

As the world's leading reinsurance company, Swiss Reinsurance Company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, we specialize in covering concepts in capital and risk management.
We combine financial strength with experience, knowledge and creative thought to exploit new opportunities in the interests of our clients, staff and shareholders. Opportunities for you. Opportunities for us.
Website: www.swissre.com

Number of employees

1000 an more employees

Company address

Swiss Re Management AG
Mlynské Nivy 12
821 08 Bratislava


Contact person: Lucia Vargova

ID: 3734554   Dátum zverejnenia: 7.8.2019   Základná zložka mzdy (brutto) a ďalšie odmeny:   Minimum base salary for this job from 2500 EUR gross/month/full time. Our offer to you may be higher based on your skills and experience and will include additional rewards and benefits.