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International Business Development Manager

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Would you like to work with talented and inspiring MBA colleagues in an innovative environment? Then we are the perfect company for you!

The history of Admiral Group is one of amazing growth. The company was started by two INSEAD MBA graduates and has a strong track record and reputations for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Admiral was launched in January 1993 with just one brand, zero customers and 57 members of staff. The company started from scratch and today has a market capitalization of over £6 billion and is a member of the FTSE100.

We market motor insurance direct to individuals in the UK, Spain, Italy, France and the US, and run a number of insurance comparison websites globally.

...but we are not all about Insurance! We also have Loans, Sharing Economy and New Products teams that will lead the Group to our next success. The Group has 16 brands (8 outside UK), over 4 million customers and 9000 members of staff worldwide.

We are consistently voted among the best places to work in UK and Europe, and are currently ranked number 2 in the Sunday Times 30 best Large Companies to work for.

Job description

To pursue our ambitious growth strategy (launching new products, entering new markets..) we are looking for very high entrepreneurial drive people to be part of our International Business Development Team.

Working at Admiral Group inside this Team means taking ownership from day one and giving everything for our projects to make a meaningful and sustainable impact. The IBDM Team is an international taskforce who has the knowledge, the motivation and the talent to set up Admiral’s companies worldwide and for this reason, you will be at the forefront of pioneering change and you will need to use your initiative, creation and leadership to make it happens!

Taking strategy one step further, you will collaborate with Senior Managers across the business and across the Group to provide advisory services that bridge thoughtful strategy, detailed planning, and disciplined execution.

We consider the role as an excellent preparation of highly talented people for a future line leadership role. In fact, the next step from this role could be to take on P&L responsibility within the Group. All the CEOs and some of the most senior international managers in Admiral Group originally entered the company via the same position.

Project scope includes:

Analysing the organic growth potential of new business ideas (both high level strategic analysis and detailed financial planning)

Supporting in-country management teams with specific business issues

Providing leadership to help share best-practice across the group

Helping evolve early stage ideas into future-growth initiatives

Assessing new geographies for future business launches

Exploring new ideas and assessing their potential to become new products/services

Main Responsibilities

Work with the company's senior executive leadership to understand the key strategic issues facing the business

Acts independently and in a very entrepreneurial way to determine methods and procedures on new assignments

Provide as expert resource on strategy development for the business including involvement in various teams to proactively suggest potential projects

Structure and execute operational and strategic initiatives by developing work plans, gathering and synthesizing relevant data, leading analyses and developing final recommendations.

Communicate findings to senior management and to the broader organization.

Drive proposals through to implementation and results

Work with various stakeholders to take products from ‘test and learn’ into ‘production’

Reporting to: CEOs/Head of BDMs

Based in: Cardiff (UK)

About you

This is a high profile role within the Group, suitable for someone with a long term focus on building a career within Admiral. All-round business competency and the ability to get on and communicate with colleagues at all levels and across multiple geographies are the critical success factors for the role.

Beyond that we ask for:

  • Very entrepreneurial mindset and have deep interest in developing businesses
  • Fluent English, and either French, Spanish or Italian mandatory
  • Proven experience working in an advisory role, either in a consulting firm, as an in-house consultant, or in a demonstrably similar setting (project based, financial and strategic analysis, exposure to senior management, etc.)
  • Analytical and strategic skills, yet highly pragmatic and results-oriented
  • Willingness to roll your sleeves up and learn from the bottom up, including getting on the phones with customers
  • Appetite to travel regularly between the Group’s operations.
  • Ability to blend in with a strong management team and culture
  • Personality and a sense of humour (we believe work should be fun!)
  • Passion about making things happen!