Strategy: Manager (South Africa)

  • Full Time
  • Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Sanlam Group

Strategy: Manager (South Africa)

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Date: 23-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 44 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?

This role resides in the Group Office, in the Strategy and Impact Office and has a dotted line to the Senior Manager: Group Strategy in charge of the portfolio of clusters.  The role can be based in either Cape Town or Johannesburg.


The Manager: Group Strategy will play a critical role in the development of the long-term strategic direction and ambitions for the Group as well as ensuring the successful implementation of key strategic initiatives across a portfolio of clusters. 


You’ll partner with senior Sanlam executives, taking on the role of trusted advisor, to bring forward-thinking solutions to the Group. In doing so you will increase your understanding of complex business problems from diverse perspectives and develop new skills. 


You’ll work with other Strategy and Impact Office colleagues and senior Sanlam employees from diverse backgrounds and disciplines in a team-oriented, relationship-driven environment. 


Expect to receive guidance from, and report to Senior Mangers but you will work with minimum supervision and exercise sufficient discretion and independent judgment. Regularly you will be expected to oversee the work of an Associate Manager

What will make you successful in this role?
  • Support Senior Managers in the development of long-term Group strategic plans and objectives; 
  • Support Senior Managers in the development of cluster strategic initiatives to execute on the Group strategic vision;
  • Facilitate discussions with Sanlam executives to prioritize strategic initiatives for implementation;
  • Working across a portfolio of clusters, ensure successful development and implementation of cluster strategic initiatives by:
    • Overseeing the development of robust initiative roadmaps (incl. KPIs, risks, milestones and interdependencies) for certain high-importance strategic initiatives;
    • Acting as a sounding-board for cluster executives and initiative owners for key decisions in road mapping and implementation;
    • Share experience and best practices with cluster executives;
    • Regularly monitor performance measures put in place to determine the effectiveness of certain implemented initiatives;
    • Ensure all key strategic initiatives consistently reflect the Group’s goals and interests 
    • For certain important initiatives, Strategy Managers may be seconded to clusters to perform an activist project management role
  • Communicate the status of strategic initiatives to Senior Managers 
  • Collaborate with Senior Managers on facilitation of quarterly business reviews on cluster strategic performance; 
  • Support annual strategic review process to evaluate overall performance against strategic targets and make adjustments as necessary;
  • Provide mentorship and support to Associate Managers ensuring continuous individual development;
  • Other duties may be assigned
Qualifications, Knowledge and Experience
  • University degree with 7-10 years related experience or strategy consulting equivalent
  • MBA will be to your advantage
  • CA (SA), Actuarial or Engineering qualifications may help you with analytical part of the role
  • Previous strategy experience and demonstrated leadership in growing personal relationships and knowledge development
  • Strong business acumen and an understanding of the environment in which Sanlam operates
  • Understanding of, or experience in, financial services
  • Project management experience
  • Strong communication skills
Knowledge and Skills
Strategic Planning
Business Innovation
Business Knowledge
Research and competitor analysis
Personal Attributes
Balances stakeholders – Contributing through others
Organisational savvy – 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
Being resilient – Contributing through others
Collaborates – Contributing through others
Cultivates innovation – Contributing through others
Customer focus – Contributing through others
Drives results – 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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