MBA Future Leaders Program 2021/22
About the job
“Admiral Group is looking for a handful of special individuals who are seeking opportunities, challenges and the freedom to create their own career path – ultimately, for them to become the future leaders of this FTSE100 company.
If you are curious, pragmatic, nice to work with and not afraid of making your own way, we want to hear from you! We need leaders who want to have impact - and we’ll help you get there.”
~Admiral – Building CEOs, one at a time~
So, who are we and what can this role offer you?
Admiral Group was founded by two INSEAD MBAs and is a FTSE 100 financial services company, with a market cap of over £8bn and operations in the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and the USA. We have a strong company culture and were voted the 3rd Best Big Company to Work For in the UK by the Sunday Times in 2020.
In the UK, the role reports directly to our Group CEO, Milena Mondini, and focuses on three areas – strategy, new ventures, and product – both in the UK operations and internationally. You’ll be working as an internal senior strategy consultant for CEOs and senior management to solve real business problems. No prior knowledge or experience in insurance or financial services is required.
Working as part of our MBA team means taking ownership from day one and producing tangible business results. You’ll need to deliver value to our business, be able to make challenging decisions, and always be on the lookout for improvements and innovative solutions.
If you impress us after 12 months, we expect you to move into a senior position, setting you up for a successful, rewarding and exciting career with us.
Most of Admiral’s CEOs and many of our most senior managers started their Admiral careers in this role.
Project scope includes:
The three key focus areas for projects are: Group strategy, new ventures, and product development.
Specifically, this may include:
- Assessing new ventures
- Reviewing the organic growth potential of new business ideas
- Supporting in-country management teams in solving real business challenges
- Supporting and driving strategic initiatives
- Providing leadership to help share best practice across the Group
- International projects
You’ll be expected to:
- Work with senior executives on key strategic issues facing the business
- Provide an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to your assignments
- Structure and execute operational and strategic initiatives by developing work plans, gathering and synthesizing relevant data, problem solving and developing final recommendations
- Engage with stakeholders across the business
- Drive proposals through to implementation and final results
- Communicate findings with senior management and the broader organization
- Work with various stakeholders to take products from ‘test and learn’ into ‘production’ phase
The Group level role is based in Cardiff. There are also opportunities in Paris, Rome, and Seville, however we usually recommend spending an initial six-month period in our HQ in Cardiff to become familiar with the business at Group level and to network with our senior managers and CEOs before moving to your preferred location. This can be discussed based on personal circumstances. The scope of the role varies slightly between operations.
Specific requirements of the role:
- MBA from a top business school
- Fluent English (verbal and written)
- Proven experience working in an advisory role
Desirable traits and attributes:
- Entrepreneurial mindset and a keen interest in developing businesses
- Analytical and strategic skills, but also pragmatic and results-oriented
- Ability to take ownership of your projects, whilst still collaborating effectively with colleagues across the business
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills
- Willingness to roll up your sleeves and get involved
- Appetite to work across the Group’s international operations
- Personality and a sense of humor (we believe work should be fun!)
- Passionate about making things happen
- Fluency in one of our operational languages (French, Italian, Spanish) would be a bonus
Follow our MBA Leadership Programs on Linkedin for insights into the company, interviews with senior managers, and MBA stories.
Salary, Benefits and Work-Life Balance
We do not have a set salary for this position, as it will be dependent on the successful candidate’s experience. We are happy to see CVs from all candidates who meet the requirements, and will be happy to discuss the remuneration package.
At Admiral, we are proud to be a diverse business where we put our people and customers first. We have great benefits to ensure employees have a great work-life balance; it's one of the reasons we're voted as one of the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to Work For in the UK. We want you to have an element of freedom to define a working lifestyle that supports this, so accommodate flexible hours wherever possible.
Please note, we are unable to accept CVs via email.
Our Commitment to You
At Admiral, we are committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace. Admiral is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.
All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.
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We caught up with Chris, who began his Admiral career almost nine years ago, after spending six years as a Lance Corporal, having served two tours in Iraq We were extremely proud to publicise our promise of support to all those who serve, by signing the Army Covenant back in July this year. We recognise that our Army Reservists are a crucial part of the Defence family, and by implementing protective and flexible workplace policies, we’re able to empower our employees to make a real difference to their personal and professional development.We caught up with Chris to hear his story…Can you tell us a bit about your Army career and career at Admiral?‘I left school with no GCSE’s and decided the Army was the best option for me. I passed my basic training and chose to become a driver by trade and completed all possible licences, including; 17.55-ft, 55-ton, motorbike, off-road, etc, all by the time I hit 17.When I reached my 18th birthday, I volunteered to be deployed to Iraq and that’s when I picked up my Lance Corporal title.In the space of two years, I’d spent a year in Iraq on two separate deployments and I’d experienced a lot, including seeing roadside bombs and losing three friends. After two tours, I was ready for something else and thought to myself, what can I do now?I’m so grateful to Admiral for taking me on during a recession, as I was struggling to find a job for a while. The role was a call centre position, so very different from my background, but I saw it as a great opportunity and a foot in the door. It was a massive change for me, going from what I’d experienced in the Army, to an office-based job, and not forgetting to mention, a pay cut too. After six months I adapted well, got used to the different environment and started to enjoy it.I began in Motor Claims and have since explored various areas of the business, including becoming Admiral’s very own chauffer (which sadly isn’t a position anymore!), before ending up where I am today, which is on the Superior Car team. That’s part of the beauty of Admiral, there are so many internal opportunities to move about the business and broaden your horizons.The Chauffer role sounds interesting, how did that come about?In Admiral, there are many opportunities to develop and experience other areas of the business, so when a job came up for an internal chauffeur, I applied and was successful. I had already completed relevant qualifications for this role whilst in the Army, so it felt like the perfect opportunity for me! Importantly, how was the transition from a career in the Army to a career at Admiral?After being out of the Army for a while, I re-joined as a reservist; I was working full-time at Admiral and part-time in the Reserves. This was a great, but gruelling two years.Admiral supported me during this time and paid me during my training days, as well as the required time away.After my time in the regular Army and Reserves, I adjusted to life at Admiral fine. The decompression training provided by the Army helps bring you back to normality, but also, I love working at Admiral; the simple fact that you don’t have to wear a uniform, or shave; it’s a different world. Coming to Admiral was easy for me, you’re able to leave work on time, and do whatever you want after work, and during the weekends.Whilst I enjoyed my time in the Army, which taught me so much, I now appreciate working in a relaxed environment – and knowing exactly what my day will entail.It’s all the little things about working here that made it such an easy transition for me.What are you doing now and are you enjoying it?I’m now a part of Claims’ Superior Car team – managing a small team that I helped set up from scratch. It involves helping customers who’ve unfortunately been involved in an accident in a “supercar” (Ferrari McLaren , Rolls Royce, etc.). My skills and experiences developed during my Army career, along with my passion for cars and driving, has allowed me to flourish in this role.I feel very lucky that Admiral took that chance on me nine years ago, I’m able to work with my passion and I really do enjoy coming to work every day – how many people can say that?
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We understand that balancing the demands of a family and a career can be challenging at times. Taking time off work to be with your new family is very important and we recognise that many fathers, partners and adopters want to be more hands on and involved with the care of their children. We are committed to supporting our staff when they go through parenthood and a valued source of support is provided by our Parental Leave policies. The policies allow staff to spend cherished time at home with their family, so that when they return to work, they can thrive and flourish. Our policies go above the statutory pay requirements to encourage our staff to take more time at home when they become parents. As long as you've worked for us for 26 weeks, you can expect the following benefits. Maternity LeaveEmployees receive 16 weeks of full pay, followed by 23 weeks statutory maternity payPaternity LeaveEmployees receive 2 weeks full pay, 2 weeks statutory paternity pay and 12 days of unpaid leave (should they wish to take it)Shared Parental LeaveWhen both parents work for Admiral they can share the 16-weeks full pay benefit. So, if the mother/primary caregiver decides to return to work prior to 16 weeks, the other parent can pick up the remaining weeks on full payIf one parent is employed by Admiral, and together with their partner fulfil eligibility criteria, they can share the Parental LeaveAdmiral believes that the support doesn’t stop at Parental Leave. We recognise that flexible working is another valuable way in which our staff can attain the work-life balance they need and so employees can request flexible working arrangements.Our employee benefits don’t stop here, take a look at our top 7 perks for working at Admiral.
As one of our four pillars to our culture, Reward and Recognition is extremely important. We believe that happy staff make happy customers, so we have a huge range of great benefits to make sure everybody has something to smile about! Here are a few of our more popular ones.