Insurer spreads developers

About 100 systems development staff at insurer Royal & SunAlliance are to cease being centrally located within the company and will transfer to individual business units.

About 100 systems development staff at insurer Royal & SunAlliance are to cease being centrally located within the company and will transfer to individual business units.

Promina, the Australian owner of Royal & SunAlliance, is decentralising the way it runs the company, bringing it into line with how its businesses are run across the Tasman.

In New Zealand the systems development group is centrally based as a group resource, whereas in Australia Promina’s operations run it along business unit lines.

The move will be strategic rather than physical: developers are staying in Wellington and Auckland, but will answer to the head of that business unit.

Royal and SunAlliance CIO Rob Flannagan says “it’s being done on the basis of a philosophy that because we’re a company with a number of business lines, [having the developers within each business line] brings them closer to the market and the customers”.

Royal & SunAlliance’s business lines include life insurance, fire and general, asset management and others, most of which will get their own identity and brand as the name Royal & SunAlliance disappears over the next six months. The fire and general business has already been renamed Vero.

Royal & SunAlliance recently advertised for an application support team leader, PC and web team leader, business support team leader and administration systems team leader.

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