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International Business Development Manager 2019/20

Business Role Type
Business Support Role
Business Support Departments
International ~International
Location
International
External Closing Date
19/12/2019
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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 the Admiral Group is one of amazing growth with a strong track record of entrepreneurship started by two INSEAD graduates.


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 capitalisation of over £6 billion and is a member of the FTSE 100.


It markets motor insurance direct to individuals in the UK, Spain, Italy, France and the US, and runs a number of insurance comparison websites multi-nationally.


We are not all about Insurance! You will find Loans, Sharing Economy and New Products teams that will push our Group into our next success.


Now the Group has 18 brands (9 outside UK), over 6 million customers and 10 000 members of staff worldwide. We are consistently voted among the best places to work in UK and Europe, and are currently ranked number 6 in the Sunday Times 25 best Large Companies to work for.


Job description

To pursue our growth strategy (launching new products, entering new markets..) we are looking for highly entrepreneurial 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 senior position. 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:

• Reviewing 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 executives to understand the key strategic issues facing the business
• Acts in a very entrepreneurial way to provide outcomes and 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, 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, Paris, Rome or Seville, with at least 6 months in our headquarters in Cardiff.

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 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:

  • MBA
  • Very entrepreneurial mindset and have deep interest in developing businesses
  • Fluent English, it will be a plus one language among French, Spanish and Italian
  • 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 pragmatic and results-oriented
  • Willigness to roll 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!