Location: UK: London

Opportunity: 6-month returnship as part of the Insurance Cross-Company Returner Programme 2024

Start date: 7 May 2024

Apply by: 29 February 2024

*Applications have now closed*

Looking to ignite your career comeback in a global organisation with an unparalleled culture? If so, Markel  wants to hear from you.

Markel understands the value of diverse perspectives and experiences and is looking for talented professionals who want to reignite their careers. As part of their participation in the Insurance Cross-Company Returners Programme, they have opportunities for professionals with a background in:

  • Underwriting
  • Claims
  • Internal Audit
  • Legal
  • Change Delivery

About Markel

Markel is a global specialty insurance provider with a truly people-first approach. They have the tools, knowledge and experience to offer their clients unique solutions across a wide variety of risks. They have their own trusted Lloyd’s syndicate but can also underwrite risks through their other Markel companies, depending on where their clients are in the world. They have specialists across the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, Indonesia, The Middle East and North America.

But it’s their people and the relationships they develop with colleagues, brokers and clients that makes them so unique.

They foster an environment where people feel free to be their authentic selves at work. They work to create a place where all ideas are heard, diverse perspectives are valued, and decisions are made based on merit. With this culture, they innovate faster, deliver a compelling employee and customer experience, and have a strong brand presence in the communities and markets where they do business.

 About the Programme

  • The programme offers a professionally paid placement of 6 months, from May to November 2024
  • There will be a strong likelihood of a permanent role at the end of the programme
  • To support your transition back into the workplace, you will receive an internal mentor and a buddy for your day-to-day questions
  • You will benefit from Career Returners’ Coaching Programme throughout your time on the programme
  • As part of the cross-company programme, you will have a ready-made peer support group of other returners re-entering the insurance sector

Opportunities on the Programme


Their underwriting teams work with global and regional brokers to deliver specialist insurance solutions for individuals, businesses, and professionals. Team members play a pivotal role in delivering positive customer outcomes, determining policy terms, setting premiums, and creating a balanced and profitable portfolio.

This team is seeking skills relating to: Underwriting, relationship building, portfolio management and data analysis.


Their claims teams are responsible for ensuring Markel’s policy holders receive timely and accurate compensation in the event of losses or damages. They ensure that the promise of coverage is fulfilled promptly and fairly in order to maintain the trust and reputation of Markel.

This team is seeking skills relating to: Claims handling and/or loss adjusting.

Internal Audit

The Internal Audit function is integral to ensuring the overall integrity, efficiency, and effectiveness of Markel’s operations. Through independent assessments, recommendations, and assurance, they contribute to their ability to manage risks effectively and achieve their business goals.

This team is seeking skills relating to: The ability to analyse data and identify patterns, trends, and anomalies. Applicants will need good critical thinking skills to evaluate processes and identify risks.


Markel’s legal function is essential for navigating the complex legal landscape, safeguarding their interests, and fostering a culture of compliance and ethical conduct.

This team is seeking skills relating to: A background in law/basic legal principles, an ability to think critically and apply legal reasoning.

Change Delivery

Their Change Delivery team are responsible for planning, managing, and implementing changes across their organisation. The team plays a pivotal role in ensuring change is executed smoothly, efficiently, and effectively.

This team is seeking skills relating to: Project management, stakeholder engagement, quality assurance and an eye for continuous improvement.

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for this programme, you must have the right to work in the UK. Sponsorship will not be provided.

Your career break must be 18 months or more as at May 2024. You may have been working on a small-scale basis to fit around your other commitments or have not done any paid work for a number of years.

How to Apply

To apply to the programme, please submit your CV by clicking on the relevant link below. Please ensure your career break is clearly highlighted on your CV.



Internal Audit


Change Delivery

If you have any questions on the programme, email: returners@markel.com

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2024.