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Zurich Financial Services - Global Associate Program

Available spots 80-100
Industry Financial Services
Functional area
  • Claims
  • Finance and Actuarial Services
  • HR / Organization
  • IT
  • Legal
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Risk Engineering
  • Sales & Distribution
  • Underwriting
Starting date Sep 01, 2009
Duration 44 weeks
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Japan
  • Latin America
  • North America
  • South East Asia
  • Switzerland
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • United States
  • UK
Language requirements
  • English (Fluent)
  • Another European language
Mentorship program Yes
Preferred study background
  • Business Studies
  • Computer science / IT
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • Law
  • Mathematics
Recruitment process
  • Online application
  • Telephone interview
  • Face-to-face interview
  • Assessment center
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Required skills

Leadership 7
Team working 7
Problem solving 7
Communication 6
Creativity 6
Commercial Awareness 7
Pressure Resistance 7
Flexibility 7
Networking 6


The Global Associate Program is for those with the drive to become senior technical experts and leaders with Zurich. Each year we select about 80 top
talents from around the world through a rigorous recruiting process. So if you want to work for a leading global insurer, if you are keen on working in different countries and determined to succeed, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

As a Global Associate you will participate in an intensive program which includes classroom trainings by the most inspirational senior managers of Zurich and personal mentoring. You will experience three different on-the-job assignments in two different countries and functions. You will build a network of associates from around the world, throughout the program and beyond.

Right from the start you will play an important role in your selected function. You will learn to understand the target markets, the customers, the distribution channels and the internal processes of our global company. The functions you can choose to work in include:

You will learn how to interpret policy language, gather information to determine damage and liability and be able to negotiate a settlement to satisfy our customers’ needs.
You will be developed to be the new generation of business leaders within the finance functions. You will learn how to plan and execute a
financial plan, manage our cash resources, interface with the financial community and our investors.
Information Technology
You will learn from experts how we use some of the latest technology to deliver innovative business
solutions. We will give you responsibility upfront to use your know-how to influence and make your contribution to our IT strategy.
Risk Engineering
You will learn how to complete a risk assessment, develop risk control plans and deliver risk engineering consulting services.
You will learn how to evaluate the risks of our customers, determine the price and terms for accepting the transfer of those risks and work with internal and external parties to sell the customer an insurance solution.
Other key functions
You can also choose from positions in other key functions such as Actuarial, Distribution, HR, Marketing, Operations and Product Management, etc.

Examples of placements

Program Modules

Introduction – 4 weeks
Global introduction - you will learn about our business and your role as a Global Associate (Zurich, Switzerland)
Home country assignment (primary function) – 21 weeks
You will receive expert, in-depth training while working in your chosen function.
Home country assignment (secondary function) – 4 weeks
You will receive expert, in-depth training in a secondary function to give you a broader understanding of the insurance business.
Strategic training – 1 week
You will have expert tutorials with our global senior management teams on Zurich’s vision, mission and the long-term strategy.
International assignment (primary function) – 10 weeks
You will work in a business division outside your home country to gain further cultural experience and valuable expertise in your chosen function.
Holidays – 3 weeks
Insurance simulation – 1 week – and graduation – after 44 weeks
After successfully completing the program, you will graduate and take on your role in your chosen function.


If you think you have what it takes to become a future leader, are a top performer in your graduating class, are fluent in English and know a second language well, we would be happy to hear from you. You will need to be prepared to take on the challenge of excelling in a global company and you must be willing to take on assignments outside your home country during the program.