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Interview with IE MBA and one of Admirals International Pricing Managers

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27/05/2020

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your backgroundI’m originally from Spain, I have an academic background in Telecommunications engineering and Computer Science, prior to completing my MBA at IE. Before joining Admiral as an International Pricing Manager, I worked for six years in Paris, managing the performance of IT systems and business applications at a French multinational in the sector of environmental services. In these years I progressed steadily from intern to managing a team of six people.My work was very fulfilling from both a personal and a technical point of view: I built strong friendships and had lots of fun at the office, while tackling the challenges of moving most of the company’s IT systems to the cloud. In my position, I was able to see the impact of our team’s work on the satisfaction of the company’s employees and on the bottom line. However, I felt that my work had little direct impact on the customers and the top line. Pursuing an MBA seemed the best option to complement my engineering skills with business in order to pivot my career toward roles that have the direct business impact that I seek.What motivated you to apply for Admiral as an International Pricing Manager? The Admiral Recruitment team visited my business school (IE) in Madrid to present the company and its MBA leadership development program at a career forum. Although I was in Hong Kong doing an academic exchange program, a classmate told me about Admiral and sent me the slide deck of the presentation. From those slides and my own research, I discovered many aspects that I liked about Admiral. For example, the company’s culture strongly promoted employee well-being, emphasising a fun workplace and a flexible work-life balance. The fact that Admiral was founded by two MBA Graduates and that several MBA recruits have progressed to business division CEOs convinced me that it was a company well suited for a fresh MBA Graduate.The role of International Pricing Manager was very appealing because of the impact that pricing has on both the customers and the top line of a company. This role, which sits within the International Pricing and Analytics Team, seemed to also provide the opportunity to work closely with data scientists on interesting topics such as Machine Learning. The prospect of continuing my career in a multicultural setting and travelling regularly to France, Spain, Italy and the US was the icing on the cake. So, I decided to apply.What were your expectations of the role before starting?Since I was going to pivot my career to a very different path in a highly analytical role, I expected the learning curve to be particularly steep. My concerns about being able to ramp up as fast as required were mitigated thanks to the support provided by the Admiral Recruitment team during the interview process; there is an induction period that is tailored to the previous background and the future role of each candidate.And how was your experience of moving to a new city?Settling in a new country can be challenging. As soon as you move, you need to deal with many local administrative procedures on top of looking for somewhere to live. Settling in Cardiff was less difficult than expected thanks to the help of the Admiral Recruitment team. They provided me with a company house for free, swiftly answered all the questions that I had about administrative procedures, and gave me any documentation that I needed, such as a proof of address to open a local bank account.Finding accommodation in Cardiff was much easier and cheaper, compared to the cities in which I had previously lived. Cardiff strikes a good balance regarding population density, having a compact city centre with many offices, amenities, and flats, and suburbs with traditional houses, both around the city centre and in the bay area. An unexpected advantage of this city is that my house is located only 10 minutes away from the office by bicycle, significantly closer than my previous commutes.How has your experience in the IPM role been so far?My teammates were very welcoming, and I soon realised that I had the chance to be in one of the most multicultural teams within the company. The scope of the role is larger than I expected, covering diverse types of pricing strategies, leveraging advanced AI models, and working with both UK and international stakeholders at all levels of the organisation. Training within the Claims department has allowed me to learn more about core activities in the insurance sector and understand the strong focus of the company on caring for our customers.The induction phase includes a range of training, I received an unexpected assignment during my second training stage; researching how other companies outside the insurance sector use data innovatively to put together a case study and presentation for the Admiral international CEOs. This assignment has given me the opportunity to gain visibility among top management in an early stage of my career within the company.What projects or initiatives lie on the horizon for you?After my induction, I will work on a wide variety of projects. For example, helping devise our future pricing strategies and ramping up the deployment of machine learning models in the cloud. The scope of these projects may be for single products or cross-product, ranging from traditional car insurance policies, to telematics policies, loans, or on-demand car insurance.There is an increasing emphasis on innovation, so I expect to have the opportunity to work on projects that allow Admiral to continue staying ahead of the curve. This is particularly interesting to me in light of the accelerating evolution of the Finance and Insurance sectors, in the context of disruptive technologies and new business models.Apply Now - Future Leaders Program - International Pricing ManagerApply Now - Future Leaders Program - International Business Development Manager

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How to get into Analytics?

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13/05/2020

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Intellectually challenging, interesting and enjoyable. Jobs in Business Analytics, Pricing and MI functions are at the very heart of a company. Through data analysis, these teams have the chance to make a real difference.As analytical careers grow in popularity, we thought it would be a good time to ask some of our analysts how to get into Analytics. They said...To develop your passion, the big step would be to opt for a degree, or A-level in a mathematical subject such as Maths, Physics, Engineering (or another STEM degree). Check out GradCracker, it’s the UK's careers website for STEM students. There, you will find what type of work placements, Internships and Graduate jobs are on offer.We generally look for individuals that have a logical approach to problem solving and attention to detail. If you’re good at crosswords, sudoku, quizzes or other problem-solving activities, then this is great practice and it shows us you’re a logical thinker.Experience in a programming language or even using Excel and writing macros in Visual Basic will also support you in working towards an analytical career.It’s not just about working on your own, a key part of working in Analytics is the ability to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience. This is an acquired skill, so any experience that you can get in this would be advantageous. Find out more about a few of our Analysts at Admiral…Adii - From analyst internship to placement year in PricingMatt - One of our Analyst GradsArianne - Physics Graduate and now one of our Analyst GradsHere are our current Analyst vacancies:Quality AnalystSenior Automation Test EngineerAutomation Test Engineer

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How to Secure a Place on a Graduate Programme

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07/05/2020

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Before applying: Get involved in things in and outside of University. Join a society, a club, volunteer, or gain work experience where and when you can. This will help you stand out and give an insight into your personality and skills. Update your CV. Make sure you highlight relevant experiences and skills, and don’t forget to include all your qualifications. For CV tips, check out our 7 Tips for CV Success.Research different roles and different companies and find the one for you. We want to know why you’re choosing our grad programme and our business, so you must know your stuff.  Submitting a written application form:Write your answers in Microsoft Word first, proofread and spell check everything before you submit it.Read each question thoroughly, be concise and structure your answers.If you’re asked to give an example, try applying a method like STAR (situation, task, action, result).  Interviews:Practice and prepare. Think about what you may be asked (interviewers will nearly always ask you a range of behaviour and competency questions), so prepare some good examples that cover a range of topics.Know your strengths and weaknesses and be honest. We want to know what you’re good at but we also want to see that you can recognise your weaknesses and know when you need to ask for support from your team.If you have some work experience, be sure to know exactly what that has taught you and what skills you’ve gained from it.Try not to let your nerves get the better of you. Don’t be afraid to ask for a minute before approaching an answer, particularly if it’s a business scenario or problem-solving question. Interviewers want to see how you approach and think through your answer.Lastly, and most importantly, be yourself and let your personality shine through! We want to get to know YOU.You can read more about our Graduate Schemes here. Our Programme will open this Autumn.

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How to Work from Home Successfully

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24/04/2020

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Whether you live alone or you're having to entertain three children, working from home is an adjustment for us all. Although working in your PJs all day sounds great, it's advised that you try and set some boundaries for yourself where possible, in order to keep productive and more importantly, look after your own wellbeing.Create the right working environmentWhile the sofa or bedroom may be relaxing, it can have long-lasting effects on posture if not used correctly. Ensure you support your lower back, find a solid seat that supports you in an upright position. Create a dedicated workspace, if possible, use a separate, quiet room that is away from distractions. Sunlight can have a big impact on your mental health, and it will brighten up your room. Keep your space organised and fully stocked with everything you need for a productive day. Get started earlyWake up early and get dressed! Setting a start time for work will motivate you to get going. Why not make the most of this extra time in the morning? Set your priorities and take control of the day. You can get some household duties done, prepare some activities for the kids, or just make yourself a kickstart healthy breakfast.     Structure your dayYou would assume work-life balance would be better working from home but it's very easy to get lost in an activity. It's important to set a time to finish work and make sure you stick to it. Plan ahead, set your deadlines, book in your meetings, and schedule your tasks. Take regular breaksTaking regular breaks is important. Step away from your computer and refocus for a while. Government guidelines say we can go out for one form of exercise - go for a walk or a cycle in your local area, or do a home work out. Stay connectedPick up the phone and chat with your work colleagues. This doesn't always have to be about work. Why don't you check in on how people are doing generally and grab a virtual cuppa together?  Happy home working!  

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How to write a successful CV

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15/04/2020

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We recognise that this may be a stressful time to look for new employment.  Here are our top 7 CV tips to help you get started.Make your CV aesthetically pleasing by finding the right balance of white space and text. Use a readable font and be consistent with bold, caps and italic writing. Wow the recruiter in the upper middle part of your CV to capture their attention. Be concise and use bullet points to keep your CV under two sides of A4. Make sure your employment history is in chronological order to make your career journey and experience clear to the reader. Consider the employer’s needs and read the job description to tailor your CV to the job you are applying for. Make sure your key achievements are outlined in your work history. Try backing up your statements with data and examples. Spell check everything and remove any jargon. Always be honest and factual in your CV.We hope these tips are helpful and go some way in achieving CV success.As always, we would welcome an application from you.  To view our current vacancies, please click here.

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