ESG & Impact Implementation Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Tygervalley, Western Cape, South Africa

Sanlam Group

ESG & Impact Implementation Specialist

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Date: 05-Nov-2020


Tygervalley, Western Cape, South Africa

Sanlam Group

Who are we?

Sanlam Alternative investments can improve diversification and reduce overall volatility, and they also have more flexibility in the tools they can use to maximise returns. Specific capabilities include:
Hedge funds aim to deliver absolute returns regardless of what happens in the market. We use derivatives and apply investment strategies such has leveraging and short selling to achieve returns and unlock diversification opportunities. Blue Ink is Sanlam’s fund of hedge funds capability.Property helps property owners maximise returns on their real estate through value-added programmes and superior management expertise.
Africa We help institutional investors capitalise on African growth opportunities by successfully sourcing and managing institutional investments across a range of asset classes.
Private Equity is a source of investment capital derived from high net worth individuals and institutions for the purpose of directly investing in equity ownership in private companies that are not publically listed.

What will you do?

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to drive continuous improvement in ESG and Impact performance, supporting the Alternatives business in delivering on its ESG and Impact responsibilities.


Key responsibilities

  • Oversee the implementation and ongoing maintenance of ESG and Impact policies and management systems across the Alternatives business.
  • Ensure that the Alternatives business meets its regulatory obligations and any requirements aligned to standards to which the business has committed in terms of ESG and Impact.
  • Design tools and systems that support the incorporation of ESG and Impact into the investment processes across the Alternatives business.
  • Drive improvement in ESG and Impact management, performance and reporting within investment teams and at an aggregate business level.
  • Ensure adequate resources are available and committed to implementing ESG and Impact management systems.
  • Ensure investment teams receive appropriate training related to ESG and Impact management and reporting obligations.
  • Maintain visibility throughout the broader organisation on the ESG and Impact performance of the Alternatives business and serve as the business’ advocate internally for communicating this key value.
  • Support investment teams in their engagement with external stakeholders on ESG and Impact matters, including reporting and inputs into fund raising documentation, press releases and thought leadership pieces.
  • Support investment teams in ensuring that ESG and Impact rights are adequately embedded into legal agreements, including ESG and Impact action plans (where appropriate). 
  • Oversee and support investment teams with high risk and complex ESG and Impact matters, drawing on external specialist consultants where required. This may include provision of support and training, site visits, guidance on corrective actions and other risk mitigation measures, monitoring and evaluation, and post site-visit reporting. 
  • Support investment teams in responding to significant ESG and Impact incidents that may arise and ensure that Executive Management and investors are informed of significant incidents, as appropriate and in a timely manner.
  • Support investment teams with the collation and compilation of their Annual ESG and/or Impact reports (and other reporting as required).
  • Design and deliver standard and bespoke reporting as required on the Alternatives business’ ESG and Impact performance.
  • Oversee disclosure of key ESG and Impact information to relevant internal and external stakeholders.
What will make you successful in this role?

Minimum requirements

  • Relevant University Degree (Finance / Mathematics / Statistics / Business Science / Actuarial)
  • Relevant Post Graduate qualification
  • 5 – 8 years’ related experience
  • CA(SA), CFA, MBA would be advantageous
  • Experience in ESG and/or impact investment or advisory, with relevant knowledge of ESG and Impact matters, governance and regulatory frameworks, industry best practices and emerging trends
  • Understanding of commercial drivers for ESG and Impact and experience in embedding ESG and/or impact policies, tools and systems within a business environment
  • Experience in private markets, through asset management, investment banking or management consulting
Qualification and Experience
Degree with 6 to 8 years related experience.
Knowledge and Skills
Formulates, revises and implements the investment plans
Industry trends and market changes
Investment strategies and management of complex investments
Recommendations to various stakeholders
Investment monitoring and compliance
Personal Attributes
Interpersonal savvy – Contributing through others
Manages complexity – Contributing through others
Plans and aligns – Contributing through others
Optimises work processes – Contributing through others
Build a successful career with us

We’re all about building strong, lasting relationships with our employees. We know that you have hopes for your future – your career, your personal development and of achieving great things. We pride ourselves in helping  our employees to realise their worth. Through its business clusters – Sanlam Personal Finance, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Sanlam Investments, Sanlam Corporate, Santam, Miway, as well as the Group Office – the group provides many opportunities for growth and development.

Core Competencies
Cultivates innovation – Contributing through others
Customer focus – Contributing through others
Drives results – Contributing through others
Collaborates – Contributing through others
Being resilient – Contributing through others
Turnaround time

The shortlisting process will only start once the application due date has been reached. The time taken to complete this process will depend on how far you progress and the availability of managers. 

Our commitment to transformation

The Sanlam Group is committed to achieving transformation and embraces diversity.  This commitment is what drives us to achieve a diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace as we believe that these are key components to ensuring a thriving and sustainable business in South Africa.  The Group’s Employment Equity plan and targets will be considered as part of the selection process.

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