Being mentored by an experienced and supportive colleague is so important for women’s career development and growth,” remarks Dena Murdoch.
Dena is one of Suncorp's Underwriting Managers and is responsible for managing the NSW Corporate Liability portfolio ensuring its growth and profitability. She oversees distribution of work within her team, undertakes various underwriting aspects and responds to business referrals. Dena is also actively involved with people leadership and the strategic direction of the business.
Underwriting requires a deep understanding of a client's business so this means Dena is constantly learning. "I need to maintain great relationships with broker partners and Suncorp facilitates lots of useful opportunities to network with brokers on a social level. In fact, many people could be surprised by how glamorous some of the insurance functions are particularly those tailored for women in the industry," says Dena.
From microbiology to underwriting
Dena completed a Bachelor Degree in Microbiology and Biotechnology through the Queensland University of Technology before working as a microbiologist in food manufacturing for a number of years. "In late 2006, Vero which is a part of Suncorp, were looking for employees with quality assurance experience to join their Liability department that focuses on manufacturing clients. I started as a Risk Consultant before moving into underwriting and then continued to work my way up to my current role leading the NSW team," explains Dena.
Suncorp people are well rewarded for their work
Enjoying her thriving career, Dena believes that Suncorp rewards people very well for their hard work - both financially through excellent career progression opportunities as well as through learning and development opportunities.
I have lots of friends at work
"My working environment is really very enjoyable because I get to work with fabulous people and I've developed some excellent friendships with my Suncorp colleagues. They're all fun, dedicated and experts in their fields."
The professional development is amazing
For almost a decade, Suncorp has provided Dena with many opportunities to develop her career. She has always been encouraged to access supportive leaders and technical experts within the company and the level of professional development opportunities on offer has been impressive.
Try to find a supportive mentor or two
Dena believes that working women should always strive to find great a mentor or two who can support career direction. "I think working women should always try to play to their strengths and make sure that they take time to look after themselves well. Mentors have unquestionably been a great support for me throughout my career."
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