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Company Profile - Allianz Cornhill Insurance plc


Allianz Cornhill is a highly respected general insurer in the UK, employing around 4,500 employees across a number of specialist divisions. Many of these are among the top 5 in their chosen markets. These include PetPlan, Schemes, Commercial Lines and Personal Lines.

Who are we?

Allianz Cornhill’s parent Company, Allianz, is one of the world’s largest insurance companies. They employ over 187,000 people in many leading insurance companies across the globe. Allianz itself is a household name in Germany and is based in Munich. In the UK, Allianz Cornhill stresses the financial stability and resources that being part of Allianz brings.

The Allianz name is relatively new to the UK marketplace, until 2003 the Company was simply known as Cornhill Insurance. Cornhill Insurance was founded in 1905, and became a household name in England through its cricket sponsorship in the 80s and 90s.

Currently Allianz is a main sponsor with the Williams Formula 1 racing team. This relationship aligns itself to the organisation’s values but also goes further to enhance Allianz as a trusted global brand.

Career Opportunities

Being the best takes passion. It takes focus. And it takes a single-minded determination to excel in everything you do. That determination has seen us awarded General Insurer of the Year at the British Insurance Awards for two years running. It’s also fuelling an exciting future – and now we need the brightest and most ambitious graduates in the UK to be part of it. Yes, you’ll get all the support you need to build an outstanding career. Personalised training and development for example, giving you a broad mix of technical, commercial and leadership skills.

For you that means more variety, more security and excellent career development opportunities. Plus as part of the Global Allianz Group, we have the stability and capacity to deliver the exciting future you’re looking for.

Equal Opportunities
The Group is committed to promoting equal opportunities for all employees and working as an equal opportunities employer.

Training and Development

Employees of the group are actively encouraged to progress and develop their careers. The objectives of the training policy are to:

  • ensure that at all times the Company has an ample resource of people with exemplary skills, experience, and ability to achieve existing and emerging business plans;
  • enhance the contribution of employees to the dynamics and success of the Company; and to
  • enable individuals to realise their full potential and so achieve maximum job satisfaction.

Development begins from day one with the Allianz Cornhill Induction Programme, designed to support you in your first few weeks. From there a wide range of learning is available, from a range of technical and non-technical courses to learning tools such as the IVY PC study station located at a number of offices throughout the country. There is an Open Learning Centre (OLC) based at Guildford Head Office incorporating numerous facilities; internet PC's, scanner, TV and video, a quiet area for study, books, videos CD-ROMs and tapes. Staff can use the centre's materials either on site, or on a library basis at their own location.

The Company provides tools and learning opportunities which will enable and assist you to plan your training as your career progresses, such as career development workshops, as well as a performance appraisal and development framework based on job-related competencies. All staff are encouraged to follow personal development plans covering both technical and non-technical areas.

In addition to providng a range of locally based internal and external learning events, such is Allianz Cornhill's commitment to the training and development of its employees that the company purchased its own training centre, Allianz Cornhill Manor in 1976. Providing both residential and day courses in a wide spectrum of subjects employees can successfully plan career development and fulfilment.

Case Studies

Corporate Management Trainee Scheme
Law graduate, Michael Markwell, has been Musical Insurance Manager at Schemes since May last year. He was attracted by the flexibility of the Corporate Management Trainee Scheme and its size compared with the larger law firms/consultancy firms taking on 35-40 graduates each year.

“The CMT scheme appeared to offer a more personal support framework than many firms, and more of an opportunity to control the direction of your career,” says Michael.

Since joining the scheme in 2001 Michael has held various posts in Guildford, London and Tunbridge Wells – five moves in three years. “I haven't had to travel too far,” he says, “and moving becomes easier as you get to know more faces around the company and build a support network of colleagues, mentors, line managers etc. There’s a lot of support from HR and the managers involved in the scheme in the early stages, which is really important.”

Now, in his first management role, his key responsibilities are for sales, marketing and underwriting, setting vision and strategy, leading /managing a team of ten people, controlling the budget, and hitting new business targets without eroding profit margins.

“I've learnt an amazing amount and will continue to learn for at least another 18-24 months in this role,” he says. “My general ambition is simply to use each role to improve my own skills and experience whilst contributing positively to the business. Provided you hit or exceed your targets and you're prepared to be flexible about career direction, opportunities will always come up.”

Michael is keen to praise the support he’s had while on the scheme. “It’s been fantastic,” he says. “I've made some great friends and have had some great nights out over the last few years!”

What we offer

Allianz Cornhill offers a full benefits package one that you would expect from a large, quality insurer. Terms and conditions vary slightly in some locations, but among the standard are the following:

Location Allowance
We pay location allowances in some areas of the country where it costs more to live and work.

Lunch Allowances
At our offices that do not have a subsidised restaurant, we pay a lunch allowance. Hot and cold drinks are available free of charge.

Pension Scheme
The company has a contributory Money Purchase Staff Pension Scheme, which also includes life cover. The minimum age is 18. The normal retirement age for all employees is 63.

Medical Insurance
Discounts on private medical insurance with BUPA are available to all employees who are not eligible to join the company paid scheme.

Employee Share Ownership Plan
The share ownership plan enables you to buy shares in Allianz AG on a special basis allowing you to participate in the shareholding of the Allianz group.

Insurance Discounts
Employees can benefit from preferential rates for personal insurance on products such as motor, home or pet through the company.

Sports Clubs Membership

You can benefit from a reduction in the membership cost of local gyms at many of our locations.

Professional Further Education
The company actively supports attainment of relevant professional studies and qualifications through use of personal development plans, financial assistance with course fees and payment of relevant membership fees.

How to apply

Find out more about our different graduate trainee opportunities by clicking on the options to the right.

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