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International Women’s Day: Deborah’s Story

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12/05/2020

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For International Women’s Day we wanted celebrate the women in our business and their achievements. As a company with 51% female staff, and 52% of all internal promotions going to women in 2019, we’re keen to raise awareness against the bias and take action towards equality.We thought this was the perfect opportunity to catch up with Deborah, our Executive Learning and Development Manager. Here’s what she had to tell us about her experience at Admiral…‘’I joined Admiral in October 2016 as a Graduate working within the Business Development team. I got to work with very talented individuals who helped me shape the way I looked at my career. After 6 months, I became the Executive Recruitment Manager for the Group. I recently started leading our Learning and Development initiatives for middle and senior managers; making sure we spot, train and develop the best talents within the business!’’ I think I have a natural aptitude to build strong relationships and trust with people. I tend to combine this with creative thinking and a capacity to learn fast. This has allowed me to work on various projects and adapt quickly to different audiences.

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We’re building something special…. Meet Na, Senior Software Engineer at AFSL

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24/10/2019

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"Our Business Development team are keen to expand our business, and the Technology team are helping to implement ideas and feedback to the business on what technology we could provide and improve. I’m excited about moving the business forward, together." What’s your role in AFSL?I’m currently working in the Technology team as a Senior Software Engineer. Some of the work I do includes managing the existing cloud infrastructure, as well as maintaining and developing our products per business growth needs. I also work closely with third parties on the systems integration, and there’s plenty of other things going on to keep me busy!How did you get into your role?After working in my previous team for almost 5 years, I was looking for an opportunity to expand my technical knowledge, particularly around the cloud platform and Kubernetes areas. I was also interested in joining a start-up team, where I could get involved in putting software delivery processes in place. Fortunately, AFSL were looking for someone new to join their Technology team to start on the new in-house infrastructure and system!In the long term, I see myself continuing to support our cross-functional teams in AFSL, and spending more time investigating and pushing our technology forward to satisfy business needs.What do you like about working in AFSL?The transparency across AFSL. A communication gap is a common issue in many workplaces, but AFSL makes a good effort to be transparent and honest about what’s happening in the business. There are lots of different forms of sharing information and news here, which encourages people to be honest about their ideas and feelings.Secondly, the people – this is really important to me. Not only are people friendly and always willing to help, but I’ve also been learning a lot from very talented people with lots of different experiences and backgrounds.What excites you about the future of AFSL?Lots of things! Our Business Development team are keen to expand our business, and the Technology team are helping to implement ideas and feedback to the business on what technology we could provide and improve. I’m excited about moving the business forward, together.Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of joining AFSL?AFSL is growing at a fast pace, with plenty of exciting and various opportunities. If you’re willing to take on a challenge, explore new areas or want to take a step forward in your career, grab the opportunity!In the Technology team, I’d say that having a drive to learn is essential. We all know that technology moves incredibly fast, so keeping up to date with modern technology will hugely benefit yourself and AFSL. This business also encourages you to challenge our existing technical solutions and processes, so shout about your ideas.

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We’re building something special…. Meet Tom, Software Engineer at AFSL

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24/10/2019

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"Having seen the Technology team grow from just two others and myself to a full team, it’s really exciting seeing our progress accelerate. There are lots of exciting projects going on!"What’s your role in AFSL?I currently work as a Python Backend Software Engineer in AFSL’s Technology team.How are you finding it so far?I’m having a wonderful time working for AFSL. I have been working here full-time for a month, and part-time for the last two years. Work is always interesting and there’s never a dull day with my colleagues!How did you get into your role?I came to Admiral during Sixth Form, after meeting a Business Development Manager at an Insurtech hackathon. I did some work experience here and was invited back to work at Admiral throughout my degree.I joined a small cross-functional team in 2017, which would soon grow up to AFSL’s Technology team. Since 2018, I’ve been working on Admiral One, the new cloud-first microservice platform that underpins our new Car Finance and Unsecured Personal Loan journeys.How does AFSL differ from previous work you’ve done?My job in AFSL is my first full-time position, but it’s very different from the group assignments that I’ve worked on at university. It’s refreshing to work on and build solutions that are related to real business problems, instead of coursework that can sometimes feel a bit artificial.What do you like about working in AFSL?I love how I’m allowed to work and how friendly all my colleagues are. When I’m given a task, I’m left to go away and get it done as best I can. I’ve never felt guilty about spending time to get my head around something that might be less familiar to me. It’s also liberating knowing that you can come to your manager at any time if you need pointing in the right direction, or for a code-chew to see how you’re getting on. I think this playful attitude to development really brings out my best qualities and has immediately killed the impostor syndrome I felt when I first joined.What excites you about the future of AFSL?Having seen the Technology team grow from just two others and myself to a full team, it’s really exciting seeing our progress accelerate. There are lots of exciting projects going on!Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of joining AFSL?I think all you need to thrive here is a real drive to learn and to be happy doing things that are new to you. All the people I work with here are so supportive.

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Spotlight on People Services

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23/08/2019

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Amie began her career with us over six years ago when she finished her Business Management Degree. ‘’After I worked as a travel agent for just under a year I decided to apply to Admiral as some of my friends worked there and told me that there were good progression opportunities.‘’I initially joined Admiral as a Renewals Consultant - I had my eye on the Admiral Graduate Scheme but I was promoted to Senior in Renewals so I stayed in the department for  five and a half years.’’‘’During my time in Renewals I completed a home learning qualification – a CIPD (HR qualification) as this was an area that had always interested me during my degree.After I completed my qualification, a job came up internally to join the HR department, or People Services as we call it in Admiral, - I applied and got the job!’’As People Services Coordinators we manage the administration for the whole company, with responsibility for things such as maternity, AWOL (absent without leave), salary changes, job role changes, adding new starters on to the system, etc. This is a huge responsibility as there are specific deadlines in which tasks need to be completed and as you’re dealing with important things such as salaries, attention to detail is vital. With over 6,000 staff in the UK, the role can be challenging at times but also very rewarding.’’‘’The skills you need to be successful in such a role are, being able to manage your own time effectively, confidentiality, professionalism and fantastic communication skills - especially important as you’re regularly liaising with senior management.’’ Admiral is an attractive employer because of how they look after their staff, with benefits such as MOF (ministry of fun) and MOH (ministry of health), as well as the great progression and training opportunities which I’ve fully exploited! Wherever you start, and whatever your role, you'll benefit from support and training to map out and pursue a fulfilling career at Admiral.  Button

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The people behind the promotions: Valva, Executive Recruitment Officer

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22/11/2018

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Valva has only been working for Admiral since June 2016 but with her dedication and hard work, along with her international flare, she has already become a valuable member of the recruitment team. Having decided that she wanted a change in her life and some international experience, Valva approached our offices in Seville (Admiral Seguros) and asked if she could work for Admiral in Cardiff. Due to Valva’s wealth of experience in HR and the international culture that we encourage at Admiral, it was arranged that she would work for Admiral for the summer.Valva arrived in Cardiff in June 2016 and worked on a project comparing our recruitment process to Spain’s. After her final presentation, Admiral offered her a full time position in the Cardiff office.‘’My time in Cardiff was a complete u-turn experience for me, so when I was offered a full time role here I couldn’t reject it.”‘’My first full time position at Admiral after my summer placement was quite admin heavy, so I kept asking if I could do more to help the team and challenge myself. This paid off as I then started to take care of the Business Development Executive recruitment process, as well as internships.”‘’That was the starting point of my development, and I have recently been offered the role of Executive Recruitment Officer, which I was over the moon with! In my new role I recruit for the UK as well as for our Operations in France, Spain and Italy.”We asked Valva what she enjoys about her job and working for Admiral. What I love the most about my job is having objectives and deadlines that we need to achieve, always with the international ingredient. Career Fairs, trainings, projects... there aren’t two exact days in a row.  There is also a good balance working with Deborah, the Executive Recruitment Manager, as our personalities really complement each other. It’s good to know that your team will be there outside the workplace too. ‘’Definitely I can say that the culture of Admiral was what captivated me. Much more than our entrepreneurial mindset or our ‘always ongoing things’, the spirit of the team is incomparable. The feeling that we all are people with our own needs and the willingness to help each other. There is no fear to speak up, ask for feedback and improve, personally and professionally speaking. I think I made my mark in this company and I can’t see myself working for anyone else. And of course the Ministry of Fun helps!”

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