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Zurich NA AVP, Innovation - SIBD in Santa Fe, New Mexico

AVP, Innovation - SIBD


Zurich North America is currently looking for an AVP, Innovation for our Strategy, Innovation, and Business Development (SIBD) team, ideally based out of our North American Headquarters located in Schaumburg, Illinois or virtual.

Strategy, Innovation, and Business Development is a trusted advisor that addresses the most important issues facing Zurich North America by collaborating with BU and SSU leaders on a wide variety of projects in a fast-paced environment. We are looking for a leader who takes a holistic and customer-centric approach to innovation to address short and long-term business opportunities, develops solutions, identifies, and collaborates with the resources from various disciplines needed to execute on those solutions.

  • Advises Global Senior Leaders and business units in the identification of business improvement and innovation opportunities, and acts as a catalyst to accelerate and drive the execution of solutions that integrate enterprise and business unit/strategic support unit strategic direction

  • Leads complex problem solving of the most important challenges facing Zurich North America, from idea inception to testing proof of concept Role will also ensure appropriate change management practices are effectively utilized throughout the lifecycle to improve execution and delivery of results.

  • Serves as an innovation expert utilizing industry and customer trends to look at opportunities with a fresh perspective, while influencing business units to rapidly adapt to change

  • Builds a robust pipeline of tangible innovation ideas and effectuate execution to achieve measurable results through strong collaboration and influence across Zurich.

  • Actively participates and represents Zurich in external innovation platforms (e.g., Insurtech, Plug and Play etc.) through distinctive thought leadership

  • Prepares materials for key external presentations and internal business discussions

The AVP, SIBD will be responsible for the following:

  • Partnering with Business Unit leaders to develop overall strategy for the region

  • Leading cross functional teams in taking ideas from inception to execution, while navigating ambiguity and working with a sense of urgency

  • Providing feedback and support to team members and leaders

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and 8 or more years of experience in the Business In Insurance, Operations Training and/or Change Management areaOR

  • High School Diploma or Equivalent and 10 or more years of experience in the Business In Insurance, Operations Training and/or Change Management areaAND

  • 3 or more years managing a team of people

  • Enterprise-wide project management experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • MBA

  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving skills

  • Strong project management skills and experience managing large scale projects

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adjust message to varying levels of audience

  • 3 or more years of people development experience

  • Self-starter and comfortable with ambiguity

  • Great people manager and able to work effectively in a matrixed organization

  • Ability to influence without direct authority

  • Works well managing multiple priorities and tight deadlines

A future with Zurich

Now is the time to move forward and make a difference. At Zurich, we want you to share your unique perspectives, experiences and ideas so we can grow and drive sustainable change together. As part of a leading global organization, Zurich North America has over 148 years of experience managing risk and supporting resilience. Today, Zurich North America is a leading provider of commercial property-casualty insurance solutions and a wide range of risk management products and services for businesses and individuals. We serve more than 25 industries, from agriculture to technology, and we insure 90% of the Fortune 500®. Our growth strategy is not limited to our business. As an employer, we strive to provide ongoing career development opportunities, and we foster an environment where voices are diverse, behaviors are inclusive, actions drive equity, and our people feel a sense of belonging. Be a part of the next evolution of the insurance industry. Join us in building a brighter future for our colleagues, our customers and the communities we serve. Zurich maintains a comprehensive employee benefits package for employees as well as eligible dependents and competitive compensation. Please click here (https://www.zurichna.com/careers) to learn more.

As a global company, Zurich recognizes the diversity of our workforce as an asset. We recruit talented people from a variety of backgrounds with unique perspectives that are truly welcome here. Taken together, diversity and inclusion bring us closer to our common goal: exceeding our customers’ expectations. Zurich does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status. EOE disability/vet

Zurich does not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies. Any unsolicited resume will become the property of Zurich American Insurance. If you are a preferred vendor, please use our Recruiting Agency Portal for resume submission.

Location(s): AM - Schaumburg, AM - Remote Work (US)

Remote Working: Yes

Schedule: Full Time

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