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Descartes’ Culture & Values

At Descartes Underwriting we value diversity across multiple dimensions – cultural, cognitive, leadership & experience. Our diverse multilingual and multicultural team is core to our value proposition, allowing us to think & build globally from the first iteration. We seek talents who will add additional analytical perspectives & insights.

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Legal & Compliance Counsel

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UK & Ireland Marketing & Communications Manager

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Engineering Manager App (JS)

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IT - Administrator System, Network and Security

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IT - Systems and Networks Technician

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Engineering Manager Scientific Engine

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Lead DevOps Engineer

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DevOps Engineer

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DevOps Engineer – Intern

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Lead Software Engineer Scientific Engine

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Software Engineer Scientific Engine

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Software Engineer Scientific Engine - Intern

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Lead Data Engineer - Scientific Engine

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Data Engineer - Scientific Engine

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Financial Planning and Analysis – Intern

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Business Analyst et Operations (H/F) – Stage

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Underwriting Data Scientist - Intern

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R&D Data Scientist - Intern

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Data Scientist - Intern

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Business Development Manager - North America

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Underwriting Data Scientist

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Engineering Manager Scientific Engine (Python)

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  • The working environment and the collegiate culture are the things I love most about Descartes.

    Working in such an innovative company is a great privilege – the nature of the work keeps changing which means great flexibility as well as constant stimulation. Since joining Descartes I’ve felt like there will always be novel challenges, but I will also never have to face them alone. Indeed, the working environment and the collegiate culture are the things I love most about Descartes.

    Diana Banias
    Data Scientist
    Diana Banias
  • I enjoy my transversal work where I have the opportunity to interact with the different teams at Descartes. 

    I enjoy my transversal work where I have the opportunity to interact with the different teams at Descartes; I’m able to have a global vision of the activities, to enrich my knowledge and to better understand the topics. I believe it is great to work in an international environment with an international culture, we have colleagues all around the world! In a few words, at Descartes, I have found meaning in my job and I have a true added value in my daily life.

    Vanessa Diot
    Operations and Accounting Officer
    Vanessa Diot
  • It is highly motivating and rewarding to see that through my professional activity, I am helping stakeholders around the world to mitigate climate change effects.

    Working for Descartes is an amazing daily experience thanks to the very talented people around me, in a unique multicultural environment in Paris, but having also been  climate activist when younger, it is also highly motivating and rewarding to see that through my professional activity, I am helping stakeholders around the world to mitigate climate change effects.

    Adel Rahmani
    Chief Internal Auditor
    Adel Rahmani
  • The company mindset and culture value hard work and foster an environment where employee ideas are not only heard but acted upon. 

    Working at Descartes has been a refreshing experience. The company mindset and culture value hard work and foster an environment where employee ideas are not only heard but acted upon. Senior leadership is both accessible and approachable in our day-to-day jobs which reinforces the mentality that we’re all working towards a common goal. From the teams around the globe to the work environment, there’s never a boring day here and that’s what makes my job so fun. 

    Meghan Hannigan
    Business Development & Analytics Lead
    Meghan Hannigan
  • Our collaborative way of working allows us to have a broader vision on what other teams are working on.

    The team is awesome and has excellent technical expertise. I learn every day from people who are true experts in their field and our collaborative way of working allows us to have a broader vision on what other teams are working on. As an underwriter, my team and I have a direct impact on the core business of the company, as our risk assessments are sent to brokers all over the world. Last but not least, I love being able to interact daily with people from all over the world.

    Kévin Kpakpo
    Data Scientist
    Kévin Kpakpo
  • Being an insurtech company, Descartes Underwriting utilizes innovative technologies in our products and internal systems which allows us to be productive and efficient in our work.

     Coming from a broking background, Descartes Underwriting is my first job on the insurer’s side. I have to admit that it was daunting at first but the entire team has made it an enjoyable learning experience as everyone is very helpful in the various countries’ offices. Being an insurtech company, Descartes Underwriting utilizes innovative technologies in our products and internal systems which allows us to be productive and efficient in our work. Moreover, our team comprises colleagues with a diverse background. Learning and working with one another in different hub offices have been a fun process.

    WeeBeng Seow
    Business Development Director
    WeeBeng Seow

Tech at Descartes

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Docker
AWS

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Frequently asked questions

What is the best way to apply for a role at Descartes Underwriting?

Each job opening is advertised on our Careers Page, LinkedIn and Welcome to the Jungle profile. Positions are opened and recruited for year-round. Applications to work at Descartes are accepted via the above platforms. We require a CV attached to your application, and strongly recommend a cover letter, highlighting your motivation and reasons for applying!
Once an application is submitted, candidates will receive an acknowledgement email. Our hiring team will review each application before responding to each candidate within a matter of days, regardless of the outcome.

Which profiles does Descartes Underwriting hire?

As a fast growing company, Descartes hires English-speaking profiles from a mixture of backgrounds including students, interns, recent graduates, PhD candidates as well as experienced candidates.

We offer a variety of contracts, namely full-time positions, end of study internships and apprenticeships to candidates from many industries. Although prior experience in Insurance may be valuable in certain instances, this is not essential for all vacancies. More information on requirements for each position can be found on the relevant job description.

Which locations does Descartes Underwriting hire in?

Descartes currently hires for the following locations: Paris, New York, Singapore, Sydney & London. Each role advertised will have its associated location shown.

At present, Descartes’ technical & data science teams are based in our HQ in Paris only.

How can I prepare for an interview with Descartes Underwriting?

When applying for positions and preparing for interviews, it’s always essential to ensure you understand the job description and conduct research on the company. Each role has its own tailored recruitment process, with various interviews assessing important elements. These include your motivation, technical skills relating to the role, as well as culture fit, so be ready to present yourself to your interviewer.

At Descartes Underwriting, we believe that interviews are a two-way street, so our teams are always happy to answer your questions relating to the role you’ve applied for, our team, the company, etc! At every stage of the process, we dedicate time to a small Q&A session.

Does Descartes organize recruiting events?

Our Talent team organize frequent webinars to present employment opportunities in Data Science at Descartes Underwriting. Joined by a member of our Data Science team, a business use case is presented, as well as tips and information on preparing to apply to positions within the company.

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