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Group Chief Technology Officer

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About Swiss Re
The Swiss Re Group is one of the world's leading providers of reinsurance, insurance and other forms of insurance-based risk transfer, working to make the world more resilient. It anticipates and manages risk – from natural catastrophes to climate change, from ageing populations to cybercrime. The aim of the Swiss Re Group is to enable society to thrive and progress, creating new opportunities and solutions for its clients. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, where it was founded in 1863, the Swiss Re Group operates through a network of around 80 offices globally. It is organised into three Business Units, each with a distinct strategy and set of objectives contributing to the Group's overall mission.

About the Organisation

The Information Technology Division is responsible for setting the information and technology strategy of the Swiss Re Group as well as the development and operation of the major part of Swiss Re's application landscape and global infrastructure.
Group Chief Technology Officer
The opportunity
About the Role
The Group Chief Technology Officer (GCTO) will be a member of the IT Division's Executive Team (IT ET) which sets the IT strategy and oversees critical IT services and controls. The GCTO is setting the Technology Strategy in accordance with the other IT ET members. The GCTO leads the strategic Cloud Transformation Program which is about to bring the existing on-prem operated business application in to the cloud and which is also responsible for building Swiss Re's multi-cloud operating platform (all new solutions are being developed for a public cloud environment) amongst other responsibilities in collaboration with overall Division IT.

The GCTO also acts as the technology advisor to the Group CEO, Group COO, and Group CIO and closely collaborates with the CISO in security matters.

As a consequence of the reduced maintain-effort, the focus of the IT Division is shifting even further into the direction of business value creation. The GCTO will work closely with the business to explore the potential of leading-edge technology and offer the technological platform to drive business value. The GCTO is expected to support the evolution of the endpoint strategy.

The newly appointed Chief Technology Officer will need to actively co-drive the future technology stack and roadmap of Swiss Re. S/he is expected to bring a solid understanding of state of the art technology like cloud or AI and is experienced in agile development processes. Wider experience in data science are also key requirements for the successful candidate. The organisation of the GCTO will cover competencies including Cyber Defense, Strategic Cloud Management (Partnerships, Contracting etc.), Cloud Architecture and Governance.

About you
About You
The candidate has strong analytical skills, is flexible and must be a seasoned and accomplished professional who has demonstrated a career characterized by a continued and successful track record and ever-increasing responsibilities as a Senior Manager in a large, complex global IT structures. The position requires a person capable of understanding the whole technological scope of a global organization and with proven leadership and management skills across different cultures, geographies and different organizational levels. The ideal candidate also drove and accomplished global transformational programmes of complex IT infrastructures.

A strong background in Technology is necessary, since this position focuses on a transformation of the IT landscape. Heavy emphasis will be placed on the candidate's experience with cloud native solutions development and operations and knowledge of state of the art technology like AI and data science.

The successful candidate must possess gravitas and be highly effective when working with top Swiss Re management and other key external stakeholders.

The candidate will possess the credibility and experience to mentor and professionally develop individuals and the team. S/he will be able to attract especially technical talent from the outside.

Candidates have excellent communication skills. S/he will be able to communicate with conviction and motivate people to collaborate across organizational boundaries. They need to be fluent in English, any other language will be a plus.

About us
This is your opportunity to join one of the world's leading reinsurers. Our reinsurance 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 innovative thinking to create 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.

Take a risk worth taking. Register and apply at www.swissre.com/careers
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