Careers and culture
Why work at Howden?
People come to Howden for lots of different reasons, but they all stay for the same one: our culture. It’s what sets us apart, and the reason our employees have been turning down disappointed head-hunters for years.
Employee ownership means independence and empowerment
We have always been employee-owned and driven by entrepreneurial spirit. Right from the beginning, we've focused on employing talented individuals and empowering them to make a real difference to the company, whilst building successful and fulfilling careers at the same time.
Simply put, we hire talented specialists and give them what they need to make a difference for clients. Always have, always will.
The entrepreneurial atmosphere is one of the biggest reasons people love to work for Howden
We have a noticeably flat hierarchy for a global organisation of such size and scope. It comes from the way the group has grown over the last 30 years, with mergers with like-minded companies done in a spirit of collaborative independence.
Own your destiny
Our business succeeds by allowing our people to make a mark in the areas they care about most: personal development, volunteering and fundraising for charity, or creating new insurance products that address society’s greatest challenges.
And we know that separate home and work lives don't really exist. If you're happy and healthy at home you're more likely to be happy and fulfilled at work - and vice versa. That's why we do our best to support our people in every aspect of their lives.
Whatever your priorities – work/life balance, improving the world, or progressing your career – you'll find like-minded people driving change here at Howden.
I enjoy my work but at the same time have the comfort that my colleagues I work with, are not just colleagues but also friends that I can see myself spending the rest of my life working with and enjoying it together
Visit our job board to browse the latest roles.
I work with an amazing team, they are more than half the reason I wake up every morning and want to go to work.
See how our employees use insurance as a force for good
Lydia Heywood, Equine Development Executive
Hear Lydia share how she juggles her busy schedule of working in our Consumer and Local Commercial business, with her dream to represent Jamaica in Eventing at the Olympic Games. A true example of living our no-limits approach to insurance.
Caroline Birch - Disaster Relief Executive, Climate Risk and Resilience
Caroline Birch shares why after 20+ years of working with humanitarian organisations in disaster zones, she chose to join the Climate Risk and Resilience team at Howden to use insurance as a force for good.
Harry Byrne, Regional Marine Practice Leader - Middle East & Africa
Harry tells how Howden played the crucial role of dealmaker to prevent an environmental catastrophe in the Red Sea, as the London market came together to insure the UN’s efforts to transfer oil from the derelict FSO Safer.
I couldn't work anywhere else. In other places, you're just a number.
Our sustainability promise
We’re on a life-long journey to become an ever-more sustainable group. It's a commitment to taking care of our people and the world we live in, to doing good business, and to making a positive impact wherever we can.
The people and the entrepreneurial mindset make this a truly unique place to work. We’re empowered to make a difference in all aspects of what we do.
What we’re looking for
There is no one Howden ‘personality type’ and we value diversity; however there are shared values:
- Our successes have all come from someone brave enough to try something new
- We support each other, in the small everyday moments and the bigger challenges
- We are determined to make a positive difference, at work and beyond
Sounds like the place for you?
Take a look at our open roles and see where you can make a difference
If you see a role that you like the look of, just click ‘Apply’ and create an account through our recruitment portal Workday. You will be directed through the application process, but if you have any questions feel free to get in touch.
If the role you’re looking for isn’t advertised, or if you can help us grab an opportunity we're missing, introduce yourself to us through our Talent Community.
If your application has been successful, we will invite you to come and meet us in person so we can get to know you a little better. If not, we'll also get in touch to let you know. Either way, you'll always hear back from us.
Every role is different, and recruitment processes for different roles can vary too. We’ll always let you know upfront how long we expect your application to take, and will keep you up to date if that changes.
Prepare as you normally would for an interview, but remember to bring along any questions you have for us too. We need to be the right fit for you, as well as the other way around. Nonetheless, our dedicated recruitment team will support you through each stage of our hiring process.
We always want to hear from great candidates, wherever they are in the world. Unfortunately, laws vary in different countries for different roles, so we can’t guarantee that we can arrange visas and work permits. If you don't have the right to work in the country you are applying to, please send us an email and we will be in touch.
If we need assistance filling any of the advertised roles, we will contact our approved partner recruitment agencies. If you would like to become one of our approved partners, please contact us.
Please be aware that any unsolicited CVs or candidate profiles will not be subject to agency fees.