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Customer Claims Team Leader

First Central
Haywards Heath, West Sussex
Up to £29,000
Closing date
26 Jan 2022
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We’re looking for a leader to join our Claims Customer team as a Claims Customer Team Leader in our Haywards Heath, West Sussex office.

In this role, you’ll provide leadership and motivational direction to a team of Claims Negotiators, ensuring that procedures are followed and duties are carried out efficiently, to guarantee all claims are resolved within a reasonable time period and in accordance with Company policies and procedures.

You’ll also be expected to create an atmosphere of professionalism among employees, with behaviours attributed to the Company Values.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Monitor performance of Claims Negotiators to ensure they’re following Company policies and procedures at all times and are compliant with FCA regulations (including TCF principles)
  • Set targets for agents and provide coaching and mentoring to achieve KPIs and Behaviour Targets
  • Conduct regular performance reviews, including probationary reviews and annual appraisals and gauge and assign Claims Negotiator positions against the framework
  • Deal with all employee issues including monitoring absence, supporting the disciplinary process and resolving employee issues, with support from the Claims Operations Managers and HR when required
  • Assist the recruitment process including assisting with the interviewing and training of new recruits, or re-training of current employees when required
  • Assist and support the departmental resource planning team with employee shifts and working patterns to ensure optimal staffing levels and manage the workload of the team
  • Provide the team with feedback on company performance and ensure they’re kept up to date with all changes in products, price and underwriting changes
  • Support Claims Negotiators in dealing with customer objections and resolving and logging complaints appropriately to avoid complaints escalation when appropriate
  • Support Resource Planning by observing real-time telephony system and claims campaigns to ensure SLAs and KPIs are achieved
  • To work closely with other teams and departments to ensure consistency and best practice
  • To ensure all work is carried out to a high level of accuracy and ensure compliance with all company and other relevant standards/regulations at all times (including TCF)
  • Encourage and drive a reduction in ACPC ensuring Claims Management team is kept up to date with relevant data
  • Lead your team in embedding “simply driven” into our Claims service
  • Actively manage all costs within the team, both operational and claims indemnity driven on a pragmatic and commercial basis
  • Ensure that all claims files are reserved accurately and promptly within our reserving philosophy


Skills & Experience:


  • Experience of meeting KPIs and SLAs within a regulated environment
  • Extensive motor claims experience at a senior level
  • Experience of managing a team of employees
  • Experience of claims reporting management of ACPC
  • Solid experience of auditing claims files



  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong leadership and management skills, and ability to motivate employees in a high pressurised environment
  • Influencing and negotiation skills
  • Problem-solving skills with the ability to adopt a logical approach to resolving problems
  • Great customer service skills
  • Good numeracy and literacy skills
  • Strong IT and software skills



  • Knowledge of FCA requirements
  • Solid understanding of all aspects of motor claims handling
  • Excellent knowledge of FCA requirements (including TCF) and the regulatory framework relating to claims
  • Solid understanding of the business objectives and operations delivery



  • Customer focused
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • Embrace, embed and incorporate the Company Values
  • An organised and proactive approach
  • Takes initiative to make decisions


What can we do for you?

We believe we can offer you a great working environment as we’re so passionate about our people. Here are just some of the benefits and perks that we offer…

  • Fantastic training and development opportunities
  • Employee benefit packages to suit your lifestyle
  • Flexible working
  • YOUday – we give you an extra day off to celebrate a special day
  • The opportunity to take a paid day off each year to do charity work
  • A health cash plan
  • Help with travel expenses
  • The opportunity to buy additional holiday
  • Company pension scheme
  • Group life assurance
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Professional subscription fees paid


Employee wellbeing is high on the agenda here too. We provide a weekly free fruit delivery, discounted membership at a local health club and access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which promotes physical and emotional wellbeing at work and at home. In addition, we provide wellbeing events throughout the year to support physical and mental health.


We’re First Central, an award-winning innovative insurance and technology organisation, delivering market-leading motor insurance, underwriting, distribution, finance, technology and legal services.

Our motor insurance broker, 1ST CENTRAL, is firmly established as a top 10 supplier on UK price comparison websites and has successfully built a customer base of over half a million. It strives to make buying car insurance a more accessible and effortless experience.

We recognise that our success is entirely down to our talented people, who we know are our biggest asset, and we’re always on the lookout for talented people to join our team. In return, we can offer you a great place to work and lots of fantastic benefits.

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Gemini House, Mill Green Business Estate
Mill Green Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 1XQ
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