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Head of Insurance

Date:  01-Mar-2023
Job Req ID:  2576
Company:  John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited


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John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited


A highly-diversified and global corporation, the Swire Group’s businesses encompass property, aviation, beverages and food chain, as well as marine and trading & industrial activities. Its core businesses are mainly focused in Asia, with its key operations in Hong Kong and the Chinese Mainland. Within Asia, Swire's activities come under the Group's publicly quoted arm, Swire Pacific Limited, which is the largest shareholder in two Hong Kong listed companies: Swire Properties and Cathay Pacific Airways.


John Swire & Sons (H.K.) Limited is the holding company of the publicly-listed conglomerate, Swire Pacific Ltd. Our Group Risk Management Department is now inviting candidates to apply for the following position:



Head of Insurance


The role will lead overall insurance strategy for Swire Pacific, manage the Group’s insurance programmes, and provide oversight and support to all operating companies in selection, purchase, claims management and review of all insurance programmes.



  • Lead the Group’s central insurance programmes and strategy, from insurer selection, assessment, review, to making recommendations to Group Executives and the Board. Oversee insurance programmes which primarily cover Hong Kong, Chinese Mainland, Taiwan and USA, but are also expanding to new countries in South East Asia
  • Select and manage Group insurance brokers and other insurance related service providers 
  • Oversee and assist operating companies with broker selection, programme design and handling of major claims for  industry specific insurance programmes
  • For the Group’s central programmes proactively assist in the resolution of large or complex insurance claims, management of ongoing claims and the maintenance of a claims database
  • Foster and maintain relationships with key insurance partners through stewardship reviews, renewal presentations, participation on client councils and ad-hoc meetings
  • Act as a Director of our captive insurance company which is domiciled in Isle of Man
  • Coordinate all insurance aspects of the Group Risk & Insurance Committee. Chair the Group Insurance Working Group, as well as participate in operating companies’ insurance committees as required
  • Oversee the Chinese Mainland Insurance team and handle insurance matters arising from Chinese Mainland
  • Ensure proper Risk Engineering related processes and oversee the management of an annual programme of physical risk surveys at company facilities across all regions for insurance purposes



  • Bachelor’s degree or above, with professional insurance related qualifications 
  • At least 15 years of relevant working experience, ideally with experience working on the board of a captive insurance company or providing service to a captive insurer
  • Proven track record in Property & Casualty insurance. Previous involvement in managing Employee Benefits Insurance would be desirable
  • Solid project management and change management skills
  • Strong consulting skills and the ability to  influence and engage senior stakeholders
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English. Proficiency in Chinese (Cantonese and Putonghua) is highly desirable


At Swire, we are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment for all our people regardless of their age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, relationship, family status, disability, race, ethnicity, nationality, religious or political beliefs. We believe in creating an environment where people feel comfortable at work and are able to realise their full potential.

We offer a competitive package to the right candidate. If you meet the qualifications and are interested in this position, you can send your application by clicking ‘Apply Now’. We will contact all shortlisted candidates.



The Swire group is an equal opportunity employer. All applications will be used exclusively for selection purposes and handled confidentially by authorised personnel only. Your application may also be considered for other suitable positions within the Swire group (please indicate clearly on your application if you would not like to be considered for other positions within the group.) Following the data privacy ordinance, all unsuccessful applications will be destroyed after an appropriate time.

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