About Travelers

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading property casualty insurer selling primarily through independent agents and brokers. The company's diverse business lines offer its global customers a wide range of coverage in the auto, home and business settings. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2010.

VP International Operations

Solid reputation, passionate people and endless opportunities. That's Travelers. Our superior financial strength and consistent record of strong operating returns mean security for our customers - and opportunities for our employees. You will find Travelers to be full of energy and a workplace in which you truly can make a difference.

Under broad oversight, the VP of International Operations provides operations expertise focused on developing and executing the Travelers International strategy in a way that ensures alignment of Travelers operations practices globally, balanced with appropriate, informed and cost- effective localization. The incumbent is the senior Operations leader within International, responsible for working with Enterprise Operations leadership to develop the global operations strategy and the extension of that strategy into non-US geographies. The incumbent is responsible for working with leadership teams in all non-US locations to develop and execute country specific operations strategies designed to support the local business strategy. The incumbent is accountable for leading the planning, execution and implementation of strategic operations within Travelers International to support the business' agreed- upon growth and profitability targets. In order to ensure optimal global connectivity and alignment across geographies (cost, scale, efficiency, and effectiveness), the incumbent reports directly to the Senior Vice President and International Chief Operating Officer, and on a matrix basis to the Executive Vice President, Enterprise Operations. This job manages other managers.

Enterprise accountability for achieving the agreed Operations KPI targets within all countries in International Develop International Operations strategies, working with Travelers Enterprise Operations leadership, International leadership, and country leadership teams. Lead annual Operations business planning activities. Lead periodic operating reviews, strategic reviews and other business reviews as needed. Participate in the development of short and long-term strategies to effectively position the business to support country operations and create efficiencies Function as the point of contact between Enterprise Operations in the US and Operations in each country. Leverage and adapt the strategic vision and tactical disciplines from the Enterprise for execution in country as appropriate. Ensure that country specific needs and approaches are understood and supported by the larger Enterprise. Function from a holding company leadership perspective, providing strategic guidance and coaching to Operations leaders in each geographic operation, leveraging the unique strengths of the enterprise. Select, hold accountable and manage country Operations leaders. Provide thought leadership across countries as the Operations expert representative of the Enterprise and/or engage key experts as appropriate. Enable and facilitate execution, performance and delivery of Ops strategy in countries. Seek out Enterprise capability and best practices, and leverage Enterprise resources in cost-effective manner appropriate for the scale and maturity of each country/business. Determine the optimal global sourcing of services to support the business and maximize the customer experience. Provide leadership toward the achievement and attainment of consistent higher efficiency and quality results; assess and implement organizational improvements that will enhance success; coach and motivate leadership and operational teams to produce outstanding results and achievements. Work with country, International and Enterprise leadership to develop effective organizational designs that meet the business and customer needs around all operations functions. Ensure the development of organization structures that support business and customer needs. Participate in any due diligence, merger and acquisition analysis, business integration efforts to ensure operations are set up to be consistent with the International operating model. Support and further the performance of all management functions to attract, hire and develop talent in each country operation.

Experience running operations in a variety of industries that includes a mix of field operations, contact center, high transaction, digital delivery and other environments. Property & Casualty Insurance knowledge/experience. Comprehensive knowledge in operational capabilities including contact center, service center, billing/receivables, and audit.

Leadership as evidenced by demonstration of Travelers Leadership Competencies. Credibility: Clearly demonstrates specific knowledge requirements as defined by a strong knowledge of both personal lines and small commercial business and deep operations experience in running a full service operations function. Is viewed as, and is able to continually establish self as a credible, expert source of knowledge of the business with an understanding of contact center management, underwriting support, sales, financials, service requirements. Is able to demonstrate the ability to localize Enterprise standards and practices, applying business knowledge in a global context, considering specific local market, industry and geographic considerations. Developing a high degree of trust through demonstrated personal integrity, ethics and a commitment to doing the right thing. Creativity to find solutions to business challenges: Responds resourcefully to new demands and challenges. Having the ability to transcend traditionally accepted Travelers forms and methods, and create meaningful new forms and methods that better fit local country environments. Where Enterprise standards and practices do not have direct applicability, is able to craft innovative solutions that fit the local environment but maintain any necessary alignment. Managerial Courage to stand up for what is right: Ability and willingness to demonstrate the value of a proposition using rational persuasion and inspiration to gain agreement and approval especially where the idea is different from existing Travelers thinking. Takes responsibility for decisions and actions, standing for one's convictions where Travelers approach differs. Agility: Manage complexity and delivery. Have an ability to be concise, clear in articulating the strategy while having control of the detail required for execution. Can focus the organization on efforts that add significant value, while eliminating/minimizing activities that distract from the approved plan. Exhibits nimbleness and flexibility in dealing with the demands of the role. Demonstrates the ability to work internationally by exhibiting the following skills and competencies: Ability to distill Travelers' enterprise expertise and knowledge and appropriately import to International Operations based on the local operation and market needs. Copes effectively with the realities of an international business including travel, time zones and the different ways of doing business in different countries. Ability to assess the quantity and quality of required interactions and oversight based on the complexity and maturity of the operation and local resources. Effective collaboration with Travelers enterprise and International leaders. Enterprise confidence. Empathetic listening skills. Effective communication skills. Strategic Planning and Leadership: Develops long-term objectives and strategies; translates vision into realistic strategies. Is able to translate broad strategies into clear objectives and practical action plans. Can focus the organization on efforts that add significant value. Aligns the organization and allocates resources according to strategic priorities. Effectively coaches and mentors staff.

Bachelor's degree required. Minimum 8 years of work experience in an Operations related environment. Minimum 5 years in an operations management role.

Travelers is an equal opportunity employer.
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