Staff Testimonials

Sarah Bowe, CIP Sales Support Manager

What do you do?  

I have been working in Campion Insurance since 2007 - 10 years now!! I started off in our Kilkenny office, with little insurance experience.  During this time I trained and worked in the Commercial Department as part of the Sales Team.
In 2009, I transferred to our Portlaoise office, where I joined the Personal Lines team as a New Business Sales Agent. I gained valuable experience within this role, grew my insurance knowledge and managed to hit my target every month. My hard work was soon recognised & I got promoted to Team Leader. As TL I was over a team of 5 whom directly reported into me on a daily basis. I was selected by the company to participate in the  Campion Business School to aid me with the skills required to be a successful Team Leader. This was a very worthwhile course and really helped me develop within this role.
In 2014 I was once again offered a promotion and moved into a more managerial role within the Personal Lines Department.  This role involved working with the New Business and Renewal team in all 11 branches. This was a big step in my career and I was delighted with my progression within the company. I did a lot of work around quality, call scripting and problem solving.  I really enjoyed helping, encouraging & working with the teams on a daily basis.  

Describe your typical working day?  

Busy!! But I wouldn’t have it any other way.  

What are your qualifications?  

I received my CIP Certificate in 2010 and have successfully completed & received a Certificate in the Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.   

What is the best thing about your job?  

Variety! – every day is different and as the saying goes “every day is a school day”, you never stop learning. I also like the morale within the Portlaoise office & the interaction between managers & staff.  I’m lucky enough to be in different offices with my role and this helps to build relationships with other staff outside of my base branch.   

And the biggest challenge?  

Insurance itself is a challenging industry; however, once you are prepared to put in the time and work, you can overcome these challenges.  I find it difficult to plan my day with my priorities constantly changing.  It was important for me to learn to balance my workload.    

What’s your next step in your Campion Career?  

I have recently changed roles again and am now working in Operations. This is a real change to my previous role and I am looking forward to exploring another aspect of the Company. I plan to continue to work hard to ensure I continue to strive within the Company.  Like my previous roles, I hope to further my training, knowledge and continue to progress within Campion Insurance.  

What advice would you give someone considering applying for a job with you?  

Campion Insurance is a great place to work, with local branches and great opportunities to progress within the Company. There is ample opportunity in an organisation of this size which allows individuals to find their own career path with the diversity of departments within Campion Insurance.
Once you are willing to learn, take all advice given and give it your all, there is no reason why you should not apply for a position here.
I would highly recommend applying for a position here if your career plan is Insurance and if you are looking for continuous progression within a company. There is real opportunity here.  Jim and his team are committed to giving all staff fair and equal opportunities. All job vacancies are advertised internally allowing for the career progression.  Campion Insurance also encourage employees to enhance their knowledge and career development through further education and training.     


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Sarah Bowe, CIP Sales Support Manager

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