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Tomas Zapletal

Senior Underwriter Bonding, Northern Europe

United Kingdom

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  • University of Economics Prague (2006), Master’s degree in macroeconomics

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  • 2008 - current Bonding, United Kingdom, Underwriter
  • 2003 - 2006 Credit insurance, Czech Republic, Risk Underwriter

What attracted you to Euler Hermes?

I spent the first five years of my career in credit insurance, initially in the Czech Republic and later in the UK.

An opportunity came in 2008 to join Euler Hermes as a Bonding Underwriter. I liked the fact that the role would allow me to manage a number of clients from a commercial and also a risk perspective. Euler Hermes had a reputation (and still has) as being one of the best providers of bonding products. My previous experience working for the company, its leading role in this niche market and the international footprint helped me with my decision.

What skills and experiences do you draw on in your role?

My risk underwriting background has been very useful. So has my education, particularly my knowledge of accounting.

As a commercial underwriter I am in a regular contact with clients so communication is very important in order to understand clients’ needs. I work in a small team and my role is to look after my clients’ requirements whilst developing new business opportunities, including large one-off deals often of a bespoke nature. Without the support of the team that would be difficult. So, teamworking skills are important.

There is a wealth of personal development and training support at Euler Hermes. My favourite program was focused on presentation skills.

What do you enjoy most about working with Euler Hermes?

I like my job. Every day can be different, so it is not routine work. I can meet with existing and potential clients from all over the UK, deal with their requirements, and work on internal projects or new ideas to help clients.

As our team is relatively small our contribution is visible, which is rewarding. The business is always looking for new ideas, products and solutions and we always get a lot of support to make good ideas work.

Describe Euler Hermes in 3 words

Successful, supportive, ambitious.

What are your development and career perspectives within Euler Hermes?

Having spent the last eight years in bonding I have learned a lot, and gained broad experience and skills. The bonding business is expanding geographically at Euler Hermes which presents many opportunities for people to progress. There are opportunities available for me to further my career, and I am already preparing for my next step within Euler Hermes.​​​​​​​​​​​​