Strategy: Senior Manager (South Africa)

  • Full Time
  • Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Sanlam Group

Strategy: Senior 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 direct line to the Group Executive of Strategy.  The role can be based in either Cape Town or Johannesburg.


The Senior Manager: Group Strategy will play a critical role in determining the long-term strategic direction and ambition for the Group on an ongoing basis, ensuring the successful implementation of key strategic initiatives across the portfolio of clusters as well as proactively identifying value-enhancing new strategic initiatives, in particular those spanning across multiple clusters. 


You’ll be part of senior leadership of the strategy function, overseeing a small team of Managers and Associate Managers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines and work in a team-oriented, relationship-driven environment. 


You’ll partner with senior Sanlam executives, taking on the role of trusted advisor, engaging on Sanlam’s most critical issues to ensure the Groups strategic ambition is achieved. In doing so, you will increase your understanding of complex business problems from diverse perspectives and develop new skills. 


Expect to work with minimum supervision and exercise sufficient discretion and independent judgment.

What will make you successful in this role?
  • Support the Group CEO in the development of long-term Group strategic plans and objectives; 
  • Support cluster executives in developing and implementing cluster strategic initiatives to execute on the Group strategic vision;
  • Facilitate discussions with Sanlam executives to prioritize strategic initiatives for implementation, coordinate cross-cluster initiatives and resolve conflicts in cluster priorities;
  • 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 practises with cluster executives and initiative owners;
    • Regularly monitor performance measures and milestones put in place to determine the effectiveness of certain implemented initiatives;
    • Facilitate monthly discussions with initiative owners to resolve roadblocks, monitor risks; and identify and manage interdependencies;
    • Escalate roadblocks to the attention of the Executive Committee when necessary;
    • Ensure all key strategic initiatives consistently reflect the Group’s goals and interests;
  • Facilitate quarterly business reviews between Group and cluster executives to evaluate overall performance against strategic targets and make adjustments as necessary;
  • Support the Group CEO in the annual strategic review to evaluate overall performance against strategic targets and make adjustments as necessary;
  • Provide mentorship and support to Managers and Associate Managers ensuring continuous individual development;
  • Other duties may be assigned
Qualifications, Experience and Knowledge
  • University degree with 10 to 15 years relevant industry experience or strategy consulting equivalent experience
  • A MBA will be to your advantage
  • CA (SA), actuarial or engineering background 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
  • Project Management
Knowledge and Skills
Strategic Planning
Business Innovation
Business Knowledge
Research and competitor analysis
Personal Attributes
Organisational savvy – Contributing strategically
Balances stakeholders – Contributing strategically
Plans and aligns – Contributing strategically
Optimises work processes – Contributing strategically
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 strategically
Customer focus – Contributing strategically
Drives results – Contributing strategically
Collaborates – Contributing strategically
Being resilient – Contributing strategically
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 09 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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