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Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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Reinsurance Technician

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Provides support in the undewriting of reinsurance risks, identifying new business opportunities and developing and maintaining client relationships.


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Reinsurance companies are the insurance industry’s own insurers, enabling insurance companies to off-set their own exposures to large claims or a series of claims occurring at the same time.

The Reinsurance Technician provides support in the undewriting of reinsurance risks, identifying new business opportunities and developing and maintaining client relationships.  

Reinsurance technicians play a pivotal role in this process and will normally specialise in a particular area such as aviation or marine risks.

The range of risks is diverse, so insurance specialists will exist in every area from catastrophe risk, to aviation risk to entertainment.

In taking a risk onto its books the re-insurer has to make a judgement call as to the statistical likelihood of a claim being made and also future developments which may fundamentally change the nature of the risk. A reinsurance technician may be involved in this process or may be responsible for looking at and processing claims. There are several facets to the role:

Technical Analysis - Reinsurance technicians may assist underwriters and work with a variety of other professionals such as lawyers, statisticians and scientists, to develop views on the current and future risk probabilities. Their role is to assist in the evaluation of existing and new business including negotiating with insurers about terms, conditions and prices. Their role is to help underwriters and brokers to build bespoke insurance programmes to protect the re-insurer and meet the objectives of their clients based on price and other technical factors.

Legal Analysis - There are a variety of legal restrictions that may apply and these may vary across countries. Reinsurance technicians may be expected to work with lawyers in order to draft documentation and create policy wording as appropriate, or amend policies for renewals.

Actuarial and Pricing Analysis - Reinsurance Technicians work with actuarial professionals to monitor the pricing of re-insurance contracts, typically drafting initial pricing.

Processing - Reinsurance Technicians are expected to process claims and renewal policies, and to monitor policies to make sure that their technical provisions are being met. They may also be responsible for collecting debts on existing policies.


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  • Technical knowledge of the insurance industry.
  • Attention to detail - ability to ensure all conditions of a claim are met so that the claim can be processed and validated
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines.
  • Good organisational skills.
  • Numeracy and literary skills.
  • IT skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer care and communication skills.
  • For specialist areas, very specific skills may be required

Knowledge of specialist programmes such as IRIS and LORS may be required for certail specialist roles.


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Organisation: Insurance Institute of Ireland
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