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Area Manager European Markets - (M/F)

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Descriptif du poste

Whatever their stage of life, we provide over 108 million customers with the products and services they need to progress. From insurance to personal protection, and savings to wealth management, no matter the need we’re always there for them. And we’re always there for our employees. In 50 countries, we work hard to inspire pride and a sense of belonging in our people. To provide opportunities that challenge them, inspire them, and reward them. And to create a culture that’s open, supportive, and empowering. Because we know that’s the real secret to success – and the best way for us to keep building a better world for both our customers and the talented people who put them first.

Your work environment

The headquarters of the AXA Group (GIE AXA) brings together our corporate activities. It provides guidance and support to subsidiaries around the world, to ensure the coordination and monitoring of the Group's global strategy, the application of its standards, the consistency of commercial approaches and the sharing of best practices. The headquarters gathers approximately 1000 employees and is distinguished by its strong international culture (45 nationalities), which makes it a rich and stimulating place to work.

Within the Group, you will join the Group Performance Management department.

Job purpose

The Group Controlling Area Manager for European Markets is responsible for monitoring management performance and financial targets setting for the 6 AXA European entities (AXA Switzerland, AXA Germany, AXA UK & Ireland, AXA Belgium & Luxembourg, AXA Spain, AXA Italy) and AXA Life Europe-cooperating with local Top Management (CFOs, Business UnitsHeads, Heads of Controlling) and central functions (GCD, PBRC, GRM/GIO, DCFG, COO, GUO) - and reporting monthly to the Group CFO, Group CEO and the Management Committee. 


  • c. €34 bn / c. 35 % of total Group revenues and c. €2.6 bn / c. 40 % of total Group Earnings 
  • Management of (i) 4 business and finance associates and (ii) 1 intern
  • Direct impact on local controlling and reporting teams (c . 100+ people) 

Context & major challenges

The major recurring challenges lie in : 

  • Establishing and nurturing a strong and trusted link with the different business units ’ management teams, understanding their respective strategic, operational and financial challenges 
  • Coordinating with the various central teams, notably Finance, European Markets (notably CEO and CFO), Risk Management, Strategy, capital management or COO 
  • Selecting the relevant facts, successes and key risks as well as summarizing key actions taken by the BUs to the Group Senior Management
  • Striking the right balance between demanding and reasonable objectives and supporting entities in their delivery where possible

The coming years are particularly challenging for this job as 

  • The scope contains highly diversified activities and realities, e.g. in terms of business/products (Life/P&C/Health), customer profiles ( Retail/Commercial Lines), distribution channels (brokers, direct, banks) requiring strong technical skills and transversal knowledge.
  •  The scope is expected to deliver attractive earnings growth despite the maturity of the markets and the gradual reduction in investment income, requiring e.g. to ensure strong discipline on efficiency,     pursued effort in Life inforce transformation, and increased technical profitability in P&C and Health.
  • The scope will face significant strategic challenges given the competitive nature of all markets , e.g. on the future of Motor Retail , the pressure on pricing etc.

Finally, given the importance of the European Markets scope in the overall Group dynamic, the European Market Group Controlling team plays a central /leading role in Group transversal financial processes (e.g. consolidated budget , strategic plan etc.)

Key accountabilities

  • Managing and developing his direct team as well as the impact on the BU controlling and reporting team organization (c. 100+ people)
  • Regular business performance monitoring through a holistic approach encompassing Financial KPIs (e.g. Gross Revenues, Underlying Earnings), business specific KPIs (e.g. Motor claims frequency / average costs, APE), customer KPIs (e.g. NPS, net inflows…)
    • Driving a Monthly Business Reviews with each business unit, coordinating various Central (GCD, GIA, PBRC…)
    • Reviewing and challenging re-forecasts prepared by each operating entity
  • Financial target setting through
    • Proposing pre-targets to the Management Committee for the various business units based on centrally run top-down projections
    • Elaborating budget proposition for the Management Committee by Business Unit based on bottom-up projections
  • Maintaining a sufficiently deep business intelligence for each Business Unit on its competitive environment, regulatory framework changes…
  • Delivering on agile reporting tools impacting all controlling teams throughout the Group
  • Performing regular strategic competitive analyses of AXA vs. its key competitors and sharing it with the Group Senior Management (MC, Partners) and the Group Board of Directors
  • Managing updates to European Markets CEO and CFO

Vous rejoignez une entreprise :

-    Responsable, vis-à-vis des personnes, y compris ses employés et ses clients, et de la planète. -    Aux valeurs fortes-    Qui encourage la mobilité interne, et la formation de ses employés-    Qui vous offre de nombreux avantages (en savoir plus ici : Reward & Benefits - french | AXA Group)-    Flexible, qui permet le travail hybride, au bureau et à la maison.

Les informations fournies par les candidat(e)s seront traitées de manière strictement confidentielle et utilisées uniquement à des fins de recrutement.

Profil recherché

First competency necessary to successfully run the job is a strong business acumen coupled with solid expertise in finance to understand and challenge thestrategyof the entities, explore new business opportunities and contribute to improving the business andfinancial performance of the entities.

In his interactions with the different leaders of the operating entities, the Group Controllingarea manager needs tounderstand and constantly adapt to different markets, offerings, geographiesor distribution dynamics covering in total a wide range of insurance business models (Life/Health/P&C, Retail/Commercial Lines, Brokers/B2B/Direct/Digital distributions, etc.).

The position requires a comprehensive set of soft skills:

  • Strong experience inmanaging teams and relationships within a global company
  • Superior communication, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Ability to convince and influence to impact strategic decisions
  • Demonstrated leadership abilityin a team-oriented and collaborative environment
  • Ability to work well under pressure while completing timely,executive level deliverables
  • Ability to elicit cooperation from a wide variety of sources, including e.g. management, other GIE departments, local operating entities - Fluent in English
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong experience in defining and selecting resources and skills to build organization
  • Demonstrated leadership in decentralized and international organization

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