People Analytics Data Scientist: Group Human Resources

  • Full Time
  • Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Sanlam Group

People Analytics Data Scientist: Group Human Resources

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Date: 26-Oct-2020


Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Sanlam Group

Who are we?

Sanlam was established as a life insurance company in South Africa but has since transformed into a diversified financial services group that operates across the African continent, India, Malaysia and selected developed markets, with listings on the Johannesburg, A2X and Namibian stock exchanges. In 2018 the Group celebrated its centenary as well as 20 years since demutualisation and listing in South Africa and Namibia. Sanlam is one of the 50 largest internationally active insurance groups in the world with a presence in 43 countries and has the biggest non-banking financial services footprint on the African continent.


The Group’s four business clusters (Sanlam Life and Savings, Sanlam Investment Group, Sanlam Emerging Markets and Santam) house the Group’s business operations. The Group provides strategic direction and support to the four clusters, assisting them in realising their strategies and meeting their business objectives. The Group Office is responsible for governance and for the Group’s centralised functions, which include: Finance, Actuarial and Risk Management, Strategy, Human Resources, Market Development and Brand Services.


What will you do?

The incumbent is expected to provide insightful reports, analytics and planning recommendations from various data sources, and enable the Senior HR stakeholders in making data driven decisions and insights around the people strategy and outputs. We are looking for an individual with experience in using a variety of data tools, analysis methods and machine learning algorithms to build and implement predictive models with demonstrable business impact.


This role can be based in either Cape Town or Johannesburg.

What will make you successful in this role?
  • Explore data sources, implements data exploration, pre-processing and data cleansing on the historical data. Understand data and evaluate data quality from both data science and business value perspectives. Prepare the data for future models. Develop statistical / machine learning models based on the pre-processed data as a proof-of-concept.
  • Proactive, innovative and timeous delivery of data insights and reports in line with the people strategic focus areas
  • Provision of equitable and appropriate balance of detailed and high-level data insights as required, to enable the right conversations with different stakeholders. 
  • Translate data and trends into stories to drive business decisions 
  • Where applicable, building and automation of reporting dashboards, which are simplified and easy to use. 
  • Audit data integrity, investigate concerns, and establish processes to streamline and improve data quality.
  • Agility and flexibility in delivering between planned and spontaneous reports. 
  • Pro-active analyses of data to identify trends and patterns that impede employee experience. 
  • Partner cross functionally to help design and build out HR analytics data warehouse. 
  • Understanding of the organization and ability to apply business insights in managing complexities of various data points and reports across the group.
Qualification and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics or a related field of study and 5 years of experience required.
  • Experience must involve 2 years in the following:  ML and data science knowledge to define the next key features for the solution; build features architected for speed and distributed computing; Research, prototyping and development in the big data, machine learning and data science domain and machine learning frameworks.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, SuccessFactors embedded reporting, advanced analytics and planning.  
  • Knowledge of SAP Analytics Cloud will be advantageous. 
Knowledge and Skills
IT Data Analysis
Data Collection
Data Mining
Advanced analytics to address business requirements
New technologies and methodologies
Personal Attributes
Interpersonal savvy – Contributing through others
Decision quality – 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. 


The closing date for applications is 06 November 2020.

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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