JLT Case Studies: Careers in Insurance and Risk Management

JLT Specialty Case Studies

Olle Svensson - Strategy Analyst

After my undergraduate studies in Lund, Sweden, I continued my academic path with a Masters in Finance & Strategy at Copenhagen Business School. A year before graduation, I applied for an internship at JLT in Stockholm where I got my first experience in the world of insurance broking, and whetted my appetite to pursue a professional career within insurance. 

I was accepted onto JLT’s Graduate Programme in London in 2012, where I began work as an executive aide (EA) to a senior director.  As an EA I got to work on various different projects and assignments in a fast paced and stimulating environment. I was thrown into challenging situations and was given a great deal of responsibility and trust. The position gave me invaluable, in-depth insight into how the industry works, both strategically, financially and structurally. Alongside my job as EA, I was part a small broking team, which gave me complementary insurance broking skills as well as exposure to both clients and markets.

After almost two years working as EA I felt ready and confident to move on to my next role within JLT and fortunately there was a vacancy for an Analyst within our Strategic Growth team. The transition to my new role and team was very smooth as I could use many of those skills and experiences that I gained as EA. As a Strategy Analyst I work with JLT’s London based business units and directors with corporate development and strategic growth projects, such as acquisitions and investments.

Kate Muir-Jones – Account Handler, Credit Political & Security Risk

Having completed a Masters in International Relations at the London School of Economics in 2009 I accepted an internship within a small Lloyd’s broking house. 

This role gave me an opportunity to learn more about Lloyd’s, different classes of insurance and the risk placing process. Given my academic background I found political risks most interesting and after 8 months I applied for the role of Account Handler within the Credit and Political Risk Division at JLT.

I started work at JLT in July 2010 and as I was a relatively recent graduate I was invited to join the JLT Specialty Graduate Programme. This was a great opportunity to meet people across the JLT divisions and provided access to senior executives who gave presentations and offered career guidance. The Graduate Programme also provided a clear structure for embarking on ACII qualifications and I was pleased to finally obtain my ACII in October 2013.

Andy Swan - Partner, Aerospace 

I have now been at JLT for over 5 years and I have never had a dull moment. The days are always varied and I deal with clients from all over Asia, the Middle East, South Africa, Ethiopia along with Colombia and Mexico. I have met some amazing people and visited over 50 countries in the course of my work including off the beaten track destinations such as Mongolia, Laos, and Myanma. I have now achieved the fellowship of the chartered insurance institute (FCII).

These clients all have the same basic needs from their broker: Understanding their business, delivering a very good product and a good price, consistently high levels of service and speedy claims handling 24/7 and to deal with someone they like. 

Naresh Dade - Associate, Construction

I am from Glasgow, Scotland and studied at Glasgow Caledonian University. I graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Risk Management in 2008 and joined JLT Specialty on their Graduate Development scheme in September 2008. Since joining the insurance industry I have become an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Insurance, a Member of the Institute of Risk Management and a Chartered Insurance Broker. 

JLT came to Glasgow Caledonian to present to the Risk Management students early in March 2008, and it was then I decided I wanted to work for JLT. The main reason I was keen to work for JLT was that the average age of Employees at the time was a ripe 35, and this spoke volumes in terms of the potential opportunities for relatively young and ambitious graduates. Those presenting also sold the culture and the work / life balance of JLT rather well as I am definitely a work hard, play hard kind of person.  I then applied for the graduate scheme and I was asked to complete some online questionnaires and tests as part of the recruitment process.  The next stage was an assessment centre which consisted of various group and individual exercises, including a presentation and interview.  I was then called back for a final interview where I met my then future line manager and some members of the construction team.