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Meet our People

Meet Sarah from HR

AGCS UK

Meet our people: Sarah RickardWhat makes AGCS different from other insurers and why did you choose to apply here?

The corporate and specialty lines of business make it interesting, and the cultural diversity and interesting/varied backgrounds of our people make it challenging but fun.

I chose to apply because it sounded like a journey AGCS had embarked on, and what was ahead held some fantastic opportunities for learning and career development.

What was your first day at AGCS like? Any specific moments that you remember?

Coming from New Zealand I felt at home in the global team from the first day on. A structured induction and handover made it really easy to settle in. The environment was professional and committed to quality service, and also fun.

What do you like best about working at AGCS?

Never a dull moment. It’s fast paced and as a company, we collectively strive for improvement and are continually developing. I like that we don’t have everything completely sorted just yet – this offers great opportunities for some interesting projects.

Can you describe your job in three sentences?

Providing generalist human resources support to managers and employees. Working on initiatives and projects that help to develop the HR function and support the company’s HR motto: “the right place for the right people”. Managing the UK’s learning & development and working with the global team to provide employees with personal development and career management opportunities.

What was your biggest achievement at AGCS so far?

One of my achievements was running the "Knowing Allianz/AGCS" workshop which is part of the Navigator Program - a key development initiative for employees progressing their career in to management level roles. During the workshop itself I had to make sure everything went smoothly, look after the participants and high profile senior speakers, and ensure that all of the programme objectives were met. I was pleased it was a big success with really positive feedback from both participants and speakers.

What role does the global structure at AGCS play in your every day job?

I am part of the local UK HR team, and also part of the global learning and development team. The overall HR function is very much a global thinker in how it operates – we have global approaches that are tailored to suit the local needs – and we are constantly in touch with the global HR team. For instance we have a quarterly video/phone conference with at least 7 locations.

It also impacts the operational HR work as we frequently work with managers who are in charge of global teams or employees who are part of global teams.