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Life Insurance Senior Counsel

Life Insurance Senior Counsel

Posted 30 June by Aviva

There is now an opening for a senior lawyer to join the AUKL&L team within Aviva’s UK legal function. This role will focus on providing first class legal advice and commercial support to several business units including Annuities and Equity Release, Health & Protection and Existing Customer Management.

Aviva has introduced "smart-working", and the person in this role can be based anywhere in the UK, as long as they are comfortable travelling to our Norwich, York, Bristol or London offices around 3-days a week.

Our Team

You will be joining a committed and collaborative team based across the UK. The team provides end-to-end commercially focused legal support to the business units described above. You will join a busy and strategically important team which strives to deliver the best legal service for its clients and has a strong focus on encouraging relationships across our business.

With this opportunity you'll be exposed to a large variety of legal work with a team that provides more than just advice across all types of commercial entities in one of the best and largest in-house legal functions in the UK. Aviva is going through some significant changes currently and this role will be part of the new strategy and growth.

The role’s responsibilities:

  • Provide first class commercially focused legal advice across the Aviva UKL&L business units described above

  • Review, draft and negotiate contracts particularly those relating to AUKL&L business units

  • Review and draft customer facing contractual documentation and literature across different media including digital and social media

  • Advise AUKL&L business units in relation to disputed claims and complaints

  • Providing input into Board and Committee papers where required and providing concise and tailored summaries for various business partners including Finance and Risk

  • Upwards management of key risks and issues to the Head of Legal, and UK General Counsel

  • Building solid relationships with key business partners within Aviva

Skills & experiences required:

  • Qualified Solicitor and/or Barrister with a robust background of working in the Life Insurance market

  • Proven commercial and strategic experience with negotiating as well as relationship management skills

  • Ability to react and adapt to and implement change at pace

  • Proven ability to manage own workload

  • Ability to influence stakeholders and provide clear, concise and commercially focused legal guidance

  • Experience and/or knowledge of reinsurance arrangements and investment contacts e.g. collateralised transactions is be desirable

  • Experience and/or familiarity with regulatory rules surrounding long-term insurance and mortgage business is also be desirable

What will you get for this role?

  • A salary up to £95,000 depending on location, skills, experience and qualifications

  • Generous defined contribution pension scheme

  • Annual performance related bonus and pay review

  • Holiday allowance of 29 days plus bank holidays and the option to buy/sell up to 5 additional days

  • Up to 40% discount for some Aviva products through "My Aviva Extras" plus discounts for Friends and Family (some exclusions apply)

  • Excellent range of flexible benefits to include a matching share save scheme

Working at Aviva

At Aviva, we’re people with a purpose. To be with you today, for a better tomorrow.

We bring this to life by ensuring managing risk is at the heart of the way we all work. We love people who do the right thing for our customers, and our colleagues. We want people who speak up, who take ownership, and who make good decisions.

The way we do this is important too, we’re all about our people - that’s you - so we can be pretty flexible. If you want to work from home some of the time or change your hours so you can pick up your kids or care for someone in your family, we’re very open to that. In fact, we don’t advertise roles as either part or full time, because we know each person has different needs, just as each business area has different needs. So, it’s up to you to discuss working hours during your interview.

We care deeply about being inclusive and that means we encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We want our employees to bring their whole self to work and that starts with you.

We interview every disabled applicant* that meets the minimum criteria for the job. Once you’ve applied, please send us a separate email stating that you have a disclosed disability and we’ll make sure we interview you.

*As defined in The Equality Act 2010*. By 'minimum criteria’ we mean you should provide us with evidence which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence required and have the qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential to perform the role.

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