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NN Group is an insurance and asset management company active in more than 18 countries,with a strong history that stretches back 170 years. NN Group includes Nationale-Nederlanden, NN and NN Investment Partners.
At NN we want to make financial services more personal and relevant for our customers. That is why we need people like you. People who tend to look after other people, are used to taking initiative and responsibility and don’t give up before they achieve something.
NN Group offers you a traineeship in which you can progress strongly in your personal development with the right support. Together we can build something that really matters. In a working environment where you can shape your own growth and your personality, talents and ideas really matter.
The traineeship will start at the 1st of September in 2016 and consists of the following 5 tracks:
The program will last three years in which you will fulfill two positions of 1,5 years. Since you will start immediately in a position we are looking for talents that already know what they want and can be of value immediately. In the period of 1,5 years you will thoroughly develop your talents and expertise and learn a lot from your experience. After that you will take the next step and apply your talents in an even more challenging role. This 2nd role will preferably be in another department than where you have started so you will get a better understanding of NN Group as a whole.
Learning on the job will play a significant role in your development. For this a manager and/or an experienced senior will coach you. A talent manager will coach you in your personal and career development during the whole program.
During the 3 years you will build up a strong network with your fellow trainees. You will learn a lot from intensive cooperation with your fellow trainees due to the diversity in backgrounds and expertise.
Together you will participate in a learning journey that will be centered around personal development, problem solving, insurance, change management, innovation and so on. You will get a lot of freedom and possibilities to shape the program with your peers. We expect you to take opportunities as they arise and solve problems that you encounter.
We challenge you to be a change leader within NN Group. This means that you will be involved with several initiatives to innovate products and processes, and also help other employees achieve this. As a change leader you will have an important role in our culture change and we expect you to apply your talents optimally for the organization.
The General Management traineeship is one of the tracks you can start in as a trainee within NN Group. This track is aimed at students with diverse backgrounds that want to apply their talents to a businesslike environment and understand the needs of customers. As a General Management trainee, you will be given big responsibilities from day 1 and work together closely with several people within.
NN Group. You will be taught everything about insurances and you will apply your talents to solve challenges the company faces. Typical roles you will start in are: business manager, project manager, Black Belt, marketeer or program manager.
Your added value will mainly show in analyzing and solving problems, communication, motivating people and managing several programs succesfully. In the long run, you will develop yourself in the direction of a management function, depending on your needs and skills.
Are you the new General Management Trainee we are looking for?
All new NN trainees will start on 1 September 2016. The registration has opened and the process will be divided in three stages, as stated in point 4. We value the personality of our applicants and find it very important to get to know you once you apply. We want to find out how you can be of added value for NN and especially our customers. Also, we want to make sure you get to know NN. This will help us decide if you are a suitable candidate and, equally important, it will help you decide if you want to continue your application with us. Apart from certain basic criteria such as a Masters degree, we will focus on you as an individual. We would like to invite you to do the same and to include this in your application. Additionaly, we are curious to hear about your vision on society, our part in society as an insurance company and how you want to contribute to that.
Stage 1: Motivation letter and resume
After you apply, we will get back to you within one week to confirm your application, after the application deadline you will hear if you are invited to complete the online capability test. As mentioned earlier, we value getting to know you as an individual very highly, please pay attention to this from the beginning onward! NOTE: We understand that you might not have enough space to also tell something extra about yourself because of the questions, that is why you can expand your letter to two pages.
We would like to ask you to process the following questions in your motivation letter:
1. What is your vision on current, relevant developments in society?
2. What do you consider the appropriate way for NN to deal with these developments?
3. What would you personally like to contribute to these developments?
Stage 2: Online capability-test
Once you are invited to stage 2, we invite you to complete the online capability-test, executed by PiCompany. The test will consist of several components, such as series of numbers, series of figures and matrices. Within a few days after completing the test we will get back to inform you if you get to continue to stage 3.
Stage 3: Interview with two NN-employees.
In this stage we will invite you to the NN office to have an interview with two NN-employees. We find it very important that both the applicant and the NN-employees have an equal role in this interview.
Please do not hesitate to ask questions and just be yourself!
Stage 4: Talent Selection Day
If you are through to the next stage, you will be invited to the Talent Selection Day. Please have a look below to see the three possible moments to apply for this internship. During this day you will be invited to take part in a challenging program with various assignments. These assignments are designed so that we can get an even clearer image of you and your motivation to come and work for NN.
Please note: the spots won’t be divided evenly and we use a first-in, first-serve approach to the applications. The earlier you apply, the more spots will be available. We also hold ourselves to the right to cancel the last Talent Selection Day, if we have been able to find enough suitable candidates earlier on in the process.
Application Deadline Talent Selection Day
3 April 2016 2 & 3 May 2016
1 May 2016 1 June 2016
(29 May 2016 *optional) (27 June 2016 optional)
* Please note: the application deadline of 29 May is only optional; please make sure to apply before 1 May!
Stage 5: Interview with two managers
In this last round you will have your last interview with two managers of the position you may possibly start. Again, also in this round we find it very important to get to know you as an individual and your personal motivation to work for NN. You will also be invited to share your opinion on the Insurance business and current relevant cases.
Arlo Hemke – General Management Trainee
Shake your own experiences!
The ‘Trainees 2011’ have been working for NN for three and a half years now. I say ‘working’, although it sometimes feels like we are entrepreneurs with a secure paycheck. I am currently working as customer service manager for our pension-department. Before this I completed two years as a marketer in the pension-department and a year at NN Services as senior communication manager.
How I ended up here? It is a result of various fun and informative experiences, which has formed the foundation for my development into a full-fledged professional. In short: a cocktail of experiences!
In my work, there are three core values: the customer, innovation and development. When I started as Marketing Trainee I was asked to investigate communication about pensions and how people experience it. To this day, I still feel the impact these projects have in giving customers more insight in their pension. And not just that, our recently launched app ‘Mijn pensioencoach’ (a personal pension coach app) is a result of one of my projects. Besides a notable rise in our Net Promoter Score caused by various implemented projects, is this a good example of added value.
Development through the traineeship
Quality within NN is defined by entrepreneurship and perseverance, two important pointers of this traineeship. The focus on these pointers in the trainings have helped to quickly spot chances and to get through the tough periods. Of course result isn’t only accomplished by perseverance and entrepreneurship. With the help of fellow trainees and the guidance from the traineeship I have learned to focus on what is most important to change. Even though amazement about how things work is an important ingredient for entrepreneurship, it is the combination of diplomacy and perseverance that makes that successful cocktail.
Becoming aware of my own behavior has been an important point of development within the traineeship. The different trainings and coaching moments put an emphasis on reflection. Besides, it is a welcome distraction from time to time to talk to your fellow trainees. You are all experiencing the same problems and I have leant a lot from the experiences of my fellow trainees. From practical tips to in depth conversations and from time to time, a drink.
Having finished the traineeship, I can say that it really comes down to how you ‘shake’ your own development. You are provided with the ingredients, but the question is: what are you going to do with it? In my choice for NN, I have paid a lot of attention to the development possibilities and I have profited from that profoundly. Not only the practical experience, but also relevant marketing education and personality training were targeted to my own personal needs. On top of that, there were the trainings that were a part of the traineeship in the first place. In short: the possibilities are endless.
They do not come to you automatically though. For the right cocktail, you have to shake yourself!
Pension / Insurance