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Business Partner/NFU Scotland Group Secretary

Region: Scotland

Location: Dingwall/Thurso

Job reference: NFAR02001

Closing date: 30th November 2021

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Self-employed Business Partner opening in Thurso

Growing you own successful business is incredibly satisfying. As a self-employed Business Partner in the Dingwall and Thurso Agency you’ll have the opportunity to run and develop an existing insurance business alongside two experienced partners in the NFU Mutual Agency network.


This opportunity is more than a job, it’s a way of life. You'll have the freedom you need to grow both your team and your business. To help you meet your customers' needs, we'll provide you with access to quality IT packages and systems as well as customisable marketing and advertising tools and products. We’ll also support you to carry out regulated activities as an Appointed Representative of an authorised firm, with a ready-made, proven framework and training to help you understand the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) requirements.


Operating as one business across two locations the Dingwall and Thurso Agency has a loyal customer base and performs a hugely important role of providing insurance services to an attractive mix of farming and rural businesses. Building on the success of the agency you’ll have ample opportunity to develop client relationships and drive business growth in the agricultural market, whilst maintaining the high levels of service existing customers have grown to expect. The highly supportive, loyal and active NFU Scotland branch also provides an excellent opportunity for you to grow your team and make the agency your own.


Whether you’re out in a field talking to a local farmer or sitting in a boardroom discussing an acquisition with a CEO, you’ll appreciate the issues your customers are facing and give them the support and advice they need.


“Being self-employed means you can build the right team around you. With the support of a reputable insurer, we can provide customers with the very best solutions and build strong relationships that last. Your life as an Agent will be varied, challenging and above all satisfying.”


Johnny Hogg, Business Partner, Thurso



Depending on where you’re based, your time can be split across both sites, but as you’ll be required in the Thurso offices at least 3 days per week you would ideally be based in Thurso.

About you

Ready to be your own boss, you relish the opportunity to create business plans and implement strategies that provide a professional and personal service to a range of customers, from high-net worth clients to farmers and commercial businesses.


An excellent communicator, you’re great with people from a wide range of backgrounds and can easily spot opportunities and develop new business. A strong and professional leader, you’re a confident influencer who’s used to motivating a team.


Collaborative, positive and supportive, you know how to recruit, reward and develop a strong team to help you achieve your ambitions whilst ensuring all relevant regulations and standards of compliance are met.


You may have knowledge of insurance or finance, but as our existing Agents come from a broad range of backgrounds, it’s more important that you know how to use your entrepreneurial flair and clear vision to grow your business.

NFU Scotland Group Secretary

For more than 110 years, NFU Scotland and NFU Mutual have enjoyed a close relationship, working together to provide a first-class service to the farming and wider rural community.


Combining your duties as a Group Secretary with your work as an Agent of NFU Mutual, you’ll have the chance to identify and capitalise on opportunities for new business and introduce what NFU Scotland and NFU Mutual have to offer to a wider audience. The roles are intrinsically linked.


As an NFU Scotland Group Secretary, you will be placed at the heart of the local farming and business community. This will enable you to make meaningful, profitable connections with farmers, growers, and the rural community at large, with a focus on growing membership alongside growing your NFU Mutual agency. By developing these strong relationships, you’ll be representing rural people, sharing expertise, standing up for the countryside and playing a valuable part in sustaining the UK’s agricultural industry.

Rewards and benefits

As an Agent of NFU Mutual and a Partner with the existing Agents in the NFU Mutual Agency network, you’ll be joining an established business in an existing office, so won’t need to make any up-front capital investment.


As a self-employed Agent, you’ll have a 1st year estimated OTE of up to £45k with genuine prospects for growth. Your drive, vision and personal ambition are the only limit to your future earning potential.


This unique self-employed opportunity gives you the autonomy to grow an existing business with the backing of a major organisation whilst enjoying the freedom of being your own boss.


As well as investment support, you’ll also have access to a full range of courses at our dedicated Training Academy; including sales, business and finance planning, team recruitment and NFU Mutual products. We’ll also support you to gain your Chartered Institute of Insurers certification.

The NFU Mutual Agency Network

NFU Mutual is an award-winning insurance and financial services business offering high-quality products and services to a range of customers, from individual policyholders to major businesses.


We’re proud of our NFU Mutual Agency Network which has more than 300 agencies across the UK. Our agencies are run by self-employed Agents who enjoy a unique opportunity to build, lead and grow successful local businesses, typically in partnership with one or more other Agents.


Through our exceptional personal service and honest advice, we develop long-standing relationships with our customers and retain on average 95% of our business each year.

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A unique opportunity

Build your own insurance business with the support of NFU Mutual.

Just imagine; running your own successful business, leading from the front, driving your own strategies, managing your own personal and professional time. Most of all, being in control of your own destiny. All this plus the support of a trusted UK insurer. Well, now is your chance.

We've opportunities for commercial leaders with ambitions to run an established insurance business to join our Agency Network as an Agent and Appointed Representative of NFU Mutual.