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Where could your career take you?

In an organisation as large and diverse as ours, opportunities for career development are around every corner. As are exciting new challenges. Many of our graduates, particularly those on our Business Leaders Graduate Programme, are destined for very senior roles in our global business - and fast. There's no one set career path you will follow; instead, we ask for you to be flexible and in return we can, quite literally, offer you the world. To illustrate this, we thought we’d share Snehith's story.

Hello. I'm Snehith Peddiraju. My AXA career started back in 2006 when I joined the Business Leaders graduate programme. But what led me to AXA? What did I do on the two year programme? Where did it take me? Let me show you.

My education

2003

August

Graduated from King’s College, London, with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences.

2005

November

Graduated from Kingston University with an MA in Accounting and Finance.

On the graduate programme

2006

September

I started the Business Leaders programme. My first placement was in Bristol, working as a Programme Office Manager.

September 2006

Programme Office Manager
  • I was responsible for AXA Life project portfolio (circa £80m). This included resource allocation, monitoring and reporting to AXA UK Head Office.
  • I designed and developed the company business change process repository.
  • I acted as secretary to the project funding approval board.
  • My manager at the time put me on the Association of Project Managers course (APMP) – a fantastic learning opportunity.

2007

May

Placement No.2 of 3. Strategic Operations Analyst, Bolton.

May 2007

Strategic Operations Analyst
  • As part of the central operating team, I designed and launched a new process quality monitoring and audit system, implemented in every UK branch.
  • I led major operational projects for AXA Insurance’s commercial lines business, including an outsourcing contract for claims processing.

2008

February

My third and final placement. Working as a Strategy Manager in London.

February 2008

Strategy Manager
  • The focus here was on planning for the future of the business.
  • I supported the AXA Personal Lines business to develop its five year plan.
  • I worked with external consultants to develop an expansion strategy for the Commercial Lines business.

My career so far

2008

September

Strategy Manager, London. Once I’d finished my placement, a permanent job came up. I applied and got the job – against some stiff competition.

September 2008

Strategy Manager
  • Worked directly with the CEO to create an innovation team.
  • I researched and developed a series of innovation topics e.g. Telematics.
  • I led strategic projects and managed the annual strategic planning process.
  • I evaluated Mergers & Acquisition transactions and investments

2010

November

A move to Tunbridge Wells and a promotion to Senior Strategy Manager.

November 2010

Senior Strategy Manager
  • I led a team (including one Business Leaders Graduate) supporting the development of AXA PPP's overall strategic vision and the AXA Global Health & Employee Benefits target operating model.
  • I assessed and appraised existing business strategies of AXA PPP's subsidiary businesses.
  • I explored and evaluated opportunities for business development, including supporting Mergers & Acquisition activity.

2012

October

A change of job and a change of continent as I became Director, Business Transformation & Strategy in Singapore.

October 2012

Director, Business Transformation & Strategy
  • I lead a team of project managers and analysts for all new market entries, partner developments and operational setups in the Asia-Pacific region
  • I manage the technology needs for the business, including evaluation and selection of suppliers.
  • My other responsibilities include: operating model design, driving continuous process improvement, and investigation of innovation opportunities
Hello. I'm Snehith Peddiraju. My AXA career started back in 2006 when I joined the Business Leaders graduate programme. But what led me to AXA? What did I do on the two year programme? Where did it take me? Let me show you.

My education

2003

August

Graduated from King’s College, London, with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences.

2005

November

Graduated from Kingston University with an MA in Accounting and Finance.

On the graduate programme

2006

September

I started the Business Leaders programme. My first placement was in Bristol, working as a Programme Office Manager.

Programme Office Manager
  • I was responsible for AXA Life project portfolio (circa £80m). This included resource allocation, monitoring and reporting to AXA UK Head Office.
  • I designed and developed the company business change process repository.
  • I acted as secretary to the project funding approval board.
  • My manager at the time put me on the Association of Project Managers course (APMP) – a fantastic learning opportunity.

2007

May

Placement No.2 of 3. Strategic Operations Analyst, Bolton.

Strategic Operations Analyst
  • As part of the central operating team, I designed and launched a new process quality monitoring and audit system, implemented in every UK branch.
  • I led major operational projects for AXA Insurance’s commercial lines business, including an outsourcing contract for claims processing.

2008

February

My third and final placement. Working as a Strategy Manager in London.

Strategy Manager
  • The focus here was on planning for the future of the business.
  • I supported the AXA Personal Lines business to develop its five year plan.
  • I worked with external consultants to develop an expansion strategy for the Commercial Lines business.

My career so far

2008

September

Strategy Manager, London. Once I’d finished my placement, a permanent job came up. I applied and got the job – against some stiff competition.

Strategy Manager
  • Worked directly with the CEO to create an innovation team.
  • I researched and developed a series of innovation topics e.g. Telematics.
  • I led strategic projects and managed the annual strategic planning process.
  • I evaluated Mergers & Acquisition transactions and investments

2010

November

A move to Tunbridge Wells and a promotion to Senior Strategy Manager.

Senior Strategy Manager
  • I led a team (including one Business Leaders Graduate) supporting the development of AXA PPP's overall strategic vision and the AXA Global Health & Employee Benefits target operating model.
  • I assessed and appraised existing business strategies of AXA PPP's subsidiary businesses.
  • I explored and evaluated opportunities for business development, including supporting Mergers & Acquisition activity.

2012

October

A change of job and a change of continent as I became Director, Business Transformation & Strategy in Singapore.

Director, Business Transformation & Strategy
  • I lead a team of project managers and analysts for all new market entries, partner developments and operational setups in the Asia-Pacific region
  • I manage the technology needs for the business, including evaluation and selection of suppliers.
  • My other responsibilities include: operating model design, driving continuous process improvement, and investigation of innovation opportunities