Business Development Manager – New growth engines

Business development

Our organisation

Ageas is a listed international insurance Group with a heritage spanning almost 200 years. It offers Retail and Business customers Life and Non-Life insurance products designed to suit their specific needs, today and tomorrow.

As one of Europe's larger insurance companies, Ageas concentrates its activities in Europe and Asia, which together make up the major part of the global insurance market. It operates successful insurance businesses in Belgium, the UK, France, Portugal, Turkey, China, Malaysia, India, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore, and the Philippines through a combination of wholly owned subsidiaries and long-term partnerships with strong financial institutions and key distributors.

Ageas ranks among the market leaders in the countries in which it operates. It represents a staff force of over 45,000 people and reported annual inflows close to EUR 36 billion in 2020 (all figures at 100%).

This role is part of the CDSO (Chief Development & Sustainability) Office that leads the implementation of our new 3-year strategic plan Impact24. Within CDSO, Business Development of the “New Growth Engines” steers all transversal business initiatives aligned to new growth engines for the Ageas Group, focusing on adjacent business opportunities within Health, Protection, Digital platforms & Ecosystems, linking with other priorities of Reinsurance and innovation in sustainable products & services.

The Business Development Manager role reports to the Business Development Director.

Your function

  • Impact24 strategy implementation & Business Development: You understand each business unit’s strategy against potential “New engines” of growth and you identify and propose opportunities that activate and improve performance towards the Impact24 goal and beyond. You assist in working out a global project plan with initiating and proving new business opportunities, including proposals on the allocation of the investment budget. You help the entities construct a view on its future state raising observed market developments, trends, confronting with benchmarks.

  • Realisation of transversal initiatives: You are working on the delivery of identified business development projects aligned to “New growth engines”, in line with the defined project plan, partnering with internal stakeholders and external partners. You contribute to the development of business cases to inform leadership of the opportunity, rationale, and operational plan of the new growth initiatives.

  • Innovation: You scan for relevant technologies, innovations, start-ups specifically aimed at supporting identified performance improvement projects within operating entities, driving knowledge sharing with a purpose.

  • Expertise Development and dissemination on strategic choices: You keep abreast with trends and evolutions on the strategic themes identified within Impact24. You create an effective network and provide a platform for brainstorming and mutual challenging between entities’ experts on chosen strategic themes.

  • Advice / ad-hoc research capacity: You research, analyse, structure and present conclusions on specific ad-hoc topics highlighted by the operating entities as important. These can be quantitative items (benchmarks, KPI’s) or qualitative topics.

  • Knowledge Sharing & Transfer: You identify best practices in all elements of the value chain (operations, sales, products, organisational structure). You monitor key business development initiatives and share relevant outcome with the internal stakeholders. You facilitate the implementation of these best practices across the companies.

Your profile

  • You possess a master’s degree and have 5+ years of relevant working experience in Strategy implementation/Transformation office/Business development/Digital Product Development/Digital Customer journeys & analytics/Consultancy

  • Proven experience or affinity in one of the following sectors: e-commerce platforms, digital marketplaces, Insurtech/fintech, neo banks & payments

  • You are passionate about trends & possibilities, innovation for better, next-gen players

  • Possessing knowledge of the international insurance business and the financials and key drivers of profitability is a plus

  • You have the ability to read between the lines of both quantitative and qualitative research

  • You have strong project management, analytical and synthesizing (helicopter view) skills, communicating complex concepts in a simple way feels natural to you

  • You possess cultural awareness and can work with people with different backgrounds

  • You possess strong communication, networking, and organisation skills

  • You are comfortable with and adaptable to new technologies

  • You are a creative and open-minded influencer

  • You are resilient and flexible

  • You demonstrate accountability, entrepreneurship, a can-do attitude, and impact

  • You are fluent in English.

We offer

Ageas values your talent and knows how to reward it. We offer you an attractive salary and fringe benefits. You will work in a stimulating international environment, with numerous opportunities for personal development. You will work independently within a dynamic team.