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Underwriting Assistant - London

Descartes Underwriting

Descartes Underwriting

Stockholm, Sweden · London, UK · Remote
Posted on Friday, July 5, 2024


Descartes was born out of the conviction that the ever-increasing complexity of risks faced by corporations, governments and vulnerable communities calls for a renewed approach in insurance. Our team brings together industry veterans from the most renowned institutions (AXA, SCOR, Swiss Re, Marsh, Aon, ...) and scientists on top of their field to bring underwriting excellence. After 5 years of existence, Descartes has secured a leading position in parametric insurance for weather and climate-related risks utilizing machine learning, real-time monitoring from satellite imagery & IoT. After a successful Series B raise of $120M USD, we launched Descartes Insurance, a 'full stack' insurer licensed to underwrite risk by the French regulator ACPR. With a growing corporate client base (350+ and counting), our diverse team is headquartered in Paris and operates out of our 13 global offices in North America, Europe, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. Descartes is trusted by a panel of A-rated (re)insurers to carry out its activities.


Descartes Underwriting is seeking an Underwriting Assistant to join our Underwriting Team. Your main goal is to support the London Underwriting team by dealing with all Underwriting administration and office management related tasks.
You will report directly to the London Underwriting Manager.

Your responsibilities would include :

Underwriting & Technical administration and support

  • Manage the pipeline of requests of cover on Salesforce and GitLab and keep the deals data in order and up to date;
  • Contribute to the collection of portfolio data for internal reporting;
  • Prepare the dashboards and presentations using Salesforce and GitLab deals data;
  • Follow up the Underwriting Checklist with Underwriting team when deals are bound;
  • Support the logistic organization of internal and external meetings, presentations and market events;
  • Maintain and monitor renewal lists as well as information on our coordination and interactions with brokers.

Office management

  • Ensure the smooth running and management of the offices:
    ⮚ Receive and sort incoming correspondences;
    ⮚ Prepare and send correspondences and mail;
    ⮚ Check the supply of consumables and office supplies;
    ⮚ Support on IT equipment coordinating with the IT division (e.g. Dell assistance appointments; delivery of equipment).

Your missions will evolve in the future as Descartes is growing fast and many
exciting projects are waiting for you. It's a unique opportunity to take a closer look
inside a fast-growing start-up with huge ambitions !



  • Graduated from an High School at minimum (A levels);
  • Graduated from an University is a plus;
  • From 0 to 2 years’ experience (internships or/and apprenticeships included);
  • Experience in the Insurance sector is a plus;
  • Notions in dealing with Salesforce and GitLab data is a plus.


  • Eye for quality, autonomous and attention to detail;
  • Excellent organizational skills;
  • Fluency in English is required (written and spoken);
  • French or Italian is a plus.


  • Eager to learn more about the insurance industry and in being exposed both to Underwriting and Commercial expertise;
  • Results oriented, high energy, with the ability to work in a dynamic and multi-cultural environment;
  • Excellent team player with an entrepreneurial mindset and value of diversity;
  • Strong desire to learn and commitment to the organization’s mission.


  • Opportunity to work and learn with teams from the most prestigious schools and research labs in the world, allowing you to progress towards technical excellence;
  • Commitment from Descartes to its staff of continued learning and development (think annual seminars, training etc.) ;
  • Work in a collaborative & professional environment ;
  • Be part of an international team, passionate about diversity ;
  • Join a company with a true purpose – help us help our clients be more resilient towards climate risks;
  • A competitive salary, bonus and benefits;
  • You can benefit from a punctual home office days.


  • Step 1: HR Interview with our Talent Recruiter
  • Step 2: In person Manager interview
  • Step 3: Final round in person interview with the team

At Descartes Underwriting, we cherish value of diversity whatever it may be. We are committed to fighting against all forms of discrimination and for equal opportunities. We foster an inclusive work environment that respects all differences.

With equal skills, all our positions are open to people with disabilities.