Business and Finance

Head, Technical Operation in a Global Insurance Firm

Apata & Ascott Limited – Our client, a global Insurance firm, with a network of branches spread across the country, offering a full range of insurance products and services is recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Head, Technical Operation

Location: Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time

Job Brief / Description

  • We are recruiting to fill the role of a Head, Technical Operations, who would be accountable for ensuring optimal functioning and operations, Including Client Services and the Administration back office on behalf of the company.
  • Successful candidate will be responsible for the staff under technical operation department and ensure that all policies and claims are executed in line with service level agreement and co-ordinate technical operations for efficient service delivery, retention of clients, and growth of the company’s client portfolio, to build distinctive capabilities in the core insurance functions of Claims and Underwriting and provide requisite expertise in these two areas in furtherance of the Company’s corporate aspirations and strategic objectives.

Key Responsibilities / Accountabilities

  • Manage team of Underwriting Analysts and Associates.
  • Responsible for overall management of technical operations team which includes setting strategic direction and objectives for the department.
  • Lead and drive the formulation of group-wide underwriting policies and enforcement of their implementation for advancing group objectives.
  • Evaluate performance of direct reports for compliance with established underwriting policies and objectives of the company and contributions in attaining objectives.
  • Adhere to all NAICOM reports, monthly and quarterly reports.
  • Ensure that all premium due to underwriter are remitted in line with regulatory guide line.
  • Maintain company standards across the technical units for the achievement of corporate objectives.
  • Manage the Claim management team
  • Management of the Claims Training functions and team, including new employee training, compliance and best practices training.
  • Management of the Claims Department operational compliance functions, which includes ensuring all operational compliance with regulatory, review and implementation of regulatory changes impacting the Claims Department.
  • Monitor industry, market statistics and competitor trends in order to ensure strategic plans on market share are achieved.
  • Oversee the claims function which includes providing strategic insight into regulatory issues which impact the Claims operation, review of claims process and output for adherence to any legal requirements and oversight of claims function.
  • Management of the claims quality assurance and quality control functions, by providing leadership and direction to all aspects of the quality effort including, but not limited to, regulatory compliance, departmental procedures and customer service.
  • To play a supportive role in the development of the business, working closely with the Branch Manager & the Business Development team and help the organisation to tap the ever-unfolding opportunities.
  • Provide adequate technical support for business development and marketing team in order to achieve company objectives.
  • Provide strategic packaging of policies and technical support for the continuous generation of new business; make annual business growth projections for the technical unit in line with economic realities.
  • Oversee Regulatory, Audit and Compliance.
  • Establish business Claims and Underwriting framework in compliance with international standards and principles.
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory guidelines.
  • Ensure services are delivered to key clients based on Service Level Agreements: and that priority is given to transactions and/or related matters concerning all partners.


  • Must have a Master’s Degree in Insurance, Actuarial Science, Management, Business Administration or related fields.
  • Must have a recognized professional qualification in Insurance (e.g. CIIN) and other NAICOM criteria.
  • Strong understanding of corporate finance and measures of performance.
  • Familiarity with corporate Governance and management best practices.
  • Outstanding analytical and problem solving abilities.
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills.
  • Extensive experience as a Head, Technical Operation with at Least 10 years post qualification experience in the Insurance Industry, 7 of which must be at Senior Management Level.
  • NOT older than 45 years in age.
  • Proficiency in the use of modern day technology based service delivery tools.
  • High level strategic thinking and networking capabilities.
  • Demonstrable skills in Information Technology as applicable to insurance business.

Insurance products and services:

  • Competency Description: Knowledge and understanding of the range of insurance products and services available in the market and how that can be used to meet client’s needs.

Insurance Risk management:

  • Competency Description: Knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect the performance of an underwriting portfolio and how risk exposure can be monitored and controlled. Understanding of the basic principles of insurance including good faith, insurable interest, indemnity, contribution, subrogation and proximate cause.

Insurance operations and processing:

  • Competency Description: Knowledge and understanding of the process to determine risk premiums payable and Knowledge and understanding of how claims are managed.

Underwriting process:

  • Competency Description: Knowledge and understanding of the organisation’s underwriting processes and procedures which is needed for new risks, alteration, renewals and cancellations to be processed in an accurate and timely manner.

Insurance customer:

  • Competency Description: The ability to assess if a customer qualifies to receive the services applied for, based on established parameters and criteria.

Risk perception and assessment:

  • Competency Description: Knowledge and understanding of the information gathering process, the factors that affect the accepting and underwriting of risks and how these are applied on a day-to-day basis.

Deadline: 5th October, 2020.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their current detailed and comprehensive CV to: using the job title as the subject of the email.


  • All applicants are guaranteed that their applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will he contacted.
  • Qualified applicants are encouraged to read and follow the above instructions carefully.

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