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INSEAD graduate Cosmin: A company with a very open-minded culture

Hello, I’m Cosmin, currently working as an International Pricing Manager with Admiral. I studied Computer Science at the Polytechnic Institute of Bucharest, and then went to work in the Construction industry, initially as a Tender Manager, then as a Regional Project Manager. After a few years of valuable work experience, I made the decision to study an MBA at INSEAD.

The MBA experience was truly amazing and surpassed all my expectations. For me, the MBA programme develops your ability to adapt quickly and to be flexible. At the same time, INSEAD, with its multinational environment, helps you become better at communicating and working across different cultures. It also enables you to see things from a multi-faceted perspective – this is very important in any job you have.

I changed industry to join Admiral and I believe that the skills I’d gained through my MBA helped to make the transition smoother. But why Admiral? Many reasons. For one, I was aware of the company’s spectacular growth and I knew that Admiral was one of the biggest motor insurers in the UK. I also knew that Admiral was consistently ranked as one of the best employers to work for – not just in the UK but also in Europe. The fact that Admiral was started by two INSEAD alumni was also appealing to me. This made me expect to discover a company with a very open-minded culture. I was also drawn by the fact that the company employed quite a few MBAs.

I’ve been here for just over a year now and I can honestly say my experience of working with Admiral has gone beyond my expectations. I’m currently working as an International Pricing Manager. My work has a significant impact on Admiral’s international success. I discuss potential price changes and other issues pertinent to our profitability with my Pricing colleagues. It’s then my job to make sure that overall rates are set at a level that strikes a balance between competitiveness and profitability. The work is incredibly challenging and varied – which is exactly how I want my job to be. The MBA meant that I had the right mindset and skills for my job. I’m able to adapt to change and I am confident communicating across different countries.

If I could go back to when I was studying for my MBA and give myself one piece of advice? Learn another language – and play more sports! Sport is a great way to build strong and lasting relations with your peers.

Cosmin Sarbu, International Pricing Manager, Admiral