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Trainee Program for a Claims Specialist (f/m/d)

About Us:

General Re Corporation, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., is a holding company for global reinsurance and related operations, with more than 2,000 employees worldwide. It owns General Reinsurance Corporation and General Reinsurance AG, which conduct business as Gen Re.

Gen Re delivers reinsurance solutions to the Life/Health and Property/Casualty insurance industries. Represented in all major reinsurance markets through a network of more than 40 offices, we have earned superior financial strength ratings from each of the major rating agencies.

Are you trying to find a career where you can link your interest in data analysis, underwriting, insurance topics and client services? Our Business Unit Life/Health International offers an excellent opportunity at the Cologne office to combine all these fields within a collaborative, friendly and high-performance culture.

Program Description

Within a few months of joining Gen Re you will participate in our trainee program. We provide an international trainee program, which is based on a high level of empowerment within an exceedingly productive environment, combining on the job training with intensive classroom phases. There may also be the opportunity of a several week assignment to another location or business environment. During the comprehensive program you will become familiar with all relevant aspects of our unit Life/Health International. This comprises knowledge about reinsurance standards and guidelines, risk management, biometric products, tools and, of course, clients. Training also covers interpersonal skills as well as client and business development. This program is the ideal opportunity to build an excellent network with your international peers participating in the program and a broad variety of Life/Health International experts at an early stage in your career.

Your tasks

The position of Claims Specialist offers you a continuing variety of tasks. Your scope of duties will focus on:

  • Claims assessment in life and health insurance in a holistic way with a special focus of life/disability cover and critical illness, especially for the international markets
  • Tackling of issues and problems which will extend from legal, occupational and medical assessments to economic analyses of specific cases
  • Being involved in all activities connected with the claims process, e.g. intensive contacts with our international clients and colleagues and cooperation in/support for product development, seminars for associates and clients, and projects around all claims topics

We offer you

Responsibilities continue to grow and evolve throughout one’s career at Gen Re. Our employees enjoy flexibility, a quality work environment, comprehensive benefits and a competitive compensation structure. We are continually committed to strengthening our employees’ professional skills, industry knowledge and personal growth.

Your skills and qualifications

  • A keen interest in legal, medical or insurance topics demonstrated through a degree in a legal, medical or a degree in insurance business administration. However, for the right person a different background may also be taken into consideration.
  • Strong interest in the economic interrelations of insurance and reinsurance
  • Prior work experience or internship in insurance or reinsurance would be advantageous
  • Interest in working in an international environment and willing to travel when required
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Capacity to work effectively in a team environment
  • High degree of energy and creativity
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Solid software skills
  • Fluent English, a second language would be advantageous


Then we are looking forward to receiving your complete application stating your desired salary and earliest possible starting date.

Click here to download our job posting as PDF file.


Ellen Sistermann, HR Manager
+49 221 9738 547

Our Address:

Theodor-Heuss-Ring 11
50668 Cologne (Germany)

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