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Senior Data Engineer - Group Commercial Insurance Transformation Team 80%-100%


At Zurich, we are well on the way to becoming both customer obsessed and data driven. Our continued success in transforming the way we work within Commerical Insurance underwriting, means we are looking to build our team further to deliver on our growth plans for the function. 


If you're looking to work in a start up feel environment, with great energy, ambition but being part of a key function in a global company, then we would love to hear from you. 


Based in Zurich Switzerland, in our newly opened HQ at lakeside Zurich, it's a unique chance to grow your career, business skills and have fun along the way. 


What you will do


  • Solve high impact business problems with a particular focus on Underwriting, for example: understanding claims drivers, portfolio optimization or improving our risk selection.

  • Learn how Commercial Insurance works at its core, including dedicated training.

  • Be part of a fast-paced entrepreneurially minded global team, which is daring to challenge the status quo.

  • Developing and driving adoption of our main global Underwriting analytical product suite.

  • Excelling on your technical skills by working with internal and external experts.

  • Working on high impact projects with end-to-end responsibility for their success.

  • Experimenting with the right cloud-based technology to solve specific business problems.

  • Generating insights from internal and external data sources, using a wide range of tools and methodologies, e.g., from building complex big data pipelines in Spark and Scala to applying Semantics and/or Machine Learning and extending our front-end applications.

  • Building applications loved by internal and external users: from implementing proof of concepts to full-scale solutions; from portfolio management applications used by senior Zurich executives to Applications Programming Interfaces embedded into the core Underwriting processes.

  • Making sure our platform expands and runs reliably in Production: build or help build AI models, add new and further optimize existing data pipelines, expand our automation architecture (e.g., web scrapers, automated user alerts).

  • Coordinating directly with product managers and application users globally (with particular focus on adoption).

  • Mentoring and developing more junior team members on all matters above.

  • Work location is Zurich, Switzerland, so if applying from outside, then relocating would be needed. 

What you bring


Technically strong: 

  • Professional experience with data engineering.

  • Any Data frame API (like Spark or Pandas) and SQL.

  • Query optimizations (RDBMS or Spark) and indexing.

  • Knows Java and/or Scala well, functional programming experience is a plus.

  • Knowledge of scripting languages, such as Python, R, bash.

  • Experience working on all stages of the software development lifecycle.

  • Can-do attitude, with a clear focus on the end-product and user experience and the specific business use case.

  • Passion to tackle real business problems and persistence to follow through with your recommendations.

  • Good team player and communicator.

  • Excellent written and spoken English, other European languages are a plus.

Preferred skills/experience:

  • Experience with cloud-based technology and solution design: e.g., experience with Microsoft Azure Products, Databricks, Kubernetes, Docker.

  • Front-end development experience is a strong plus.

  • Experience in geospatial data modelling and data manipulation at large scale.

  • Good working knowledge of Redis, Elastic suite product, and NoSQL.

  • Experience in designing, running, and expanding AI models (in particular, text classification, entity extraction, clustering & topic modeling) in production; with a main focus on Natural Language processing.

  • Experience with web scraping, e.g., Selenium.

  • Prior work experience in (re)-insurance.

Additional Information


We look forward to receiving your online application. 


Zurich wants to attract the best talent and we acknowledge that talents might not always be available full-time. At Zurich we will consider requests for flexible working. Many of our employees work flexibly in a variety of ways. Please talk to us during the interview about the flexibility you may need.

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Information for recruitment agencies


Zurich does not accept any applications from recruitment agencies for this position. We refuse any responsibility for unsolicited applications as well as any associated fees. 


Why Zurich


At Zurich, we like to think outside the box and challenge the status quo. We take an optimistic approach by focusing on the positives and constantly asking What can go right? 

We are an equal opportunity employer who knows that each employee is unique - that’s what makes our team so great! 
Join us as we constantly explore new ways to protect our customers and the planet.

  • Location(s):  CH - Zürich, ES - Madrid, DE - Frankfurt, ES - Barcelona, CH - Basel, CH - Lausanne, CH - Luzern, CH - St. Gallen, CH - Zug, DE - München, FR - Paris, IT - Milan 
  • Remote working: Yes
  • Schedule: Full Time
  • Recruiter name: Christopher Parkinson

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