Development Manager (Java) - Hybrid (JHB/CT)

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Date: 14-May-2022

Location: Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

What will you do?


The role of the Development Manager: Outsourced Business is to manage the technical extension, maintenance and operation of the IT applications that support the Santam Outsourced Business, based in Bellville, Cape Town.


The purpose of the role includes the following:

  • Ensure that the portfolio application systems are designed, built and operated in an effective and efficient manner. 
  • Ensure technical delivery and operation of IT applications with specific focus on appropriateness, technical quality, maintainability, performance and availability.

What will make you successful in this role?


The Development Manager: Outsourced Business will provide the following key services: 



  • Oversee the technical design and evolution of IT solutions for the Outsourced business 
  • Detailed planning of technical delivery of new applications and application extensions
  • Set and ensure compliance with development and solution design standards
  • Manage upgrade existing technology components to remain current with organisation standards 
  • Plan, select and implement new technology enablers as needed 
  • Ensure appropriateness, quality & completeness of solutions
  • Build strong partnerships with Business Change Manager, Product Owners, Scrum Masters, other IT Development Managers and external vendors
  • Manage the DevSecOps processes for the portfolio of applications



  • Ensure stable and performant production environment for the business 
  • Manage Security Vulnerabilities identified, including technical upgrades and testing resulting from security vulnerabilities
  • Manage fixing of production defects



  • Manage performance and development of all direct reports
  • Assist with the growth on performance, capacity and capability within the team through effective knowledge transfer
  • Provide training, mentorship and leadership to direct and inspire a high-performance team

Qualifications and Experience


  • Relevant B Degree or equivalent workplace experience
  • 5 to 10 years at application development experience  
  • Experience managing technical staff 
  • Experienced in dealing with external suppliers and offshore business partners will be advantageous 

Knowledge and Skills


  • Working knowledge of Agile software delivery methods
  • Agile delivery methods, including Scrum at Scale
  • DevSecOps
  • Technical skills in the following areas
    • Java Standard Edition
    • Spring Boot
    • Camel
    • Hybernate
    • Bamboo
    • BitBucket
    • SOAP web services
    • XML technologies (XML documents, XSD etc)
    • Managing Java applications on Linux / Unix
    • C# and Microsoft IIS experience will be a bonus
  • Excellent decision making & organising skills
  • Strategic thinker who can also work at detail level
  • Ability to understand and interpret business requirement from definition into execution; Ability to think holistically as well as at a detailed level
  • Understanding Technology Architecture trends & best practice thinking (including SOA, POA & BPM) LeadershipHuman Capital Development
  • Building networks and good relationships
  • Analytical and systems thinker
  • Produce creative solutions to business problems
  • Perform under pressure
  • Self-motivator
  • Challenge current assumptions and beliefs
  • Motivate others and mentoring others
  • Interaction skills: facilitation; mentoring; leadership and influencing; negotiation; teamwork; build relationships; credible consulting skills
  • Deciding and initiating action

Core Competencies

Cultivates innovation - Contributing strategically
Customer focus - Contributing strategically
Drives results - Contributing strategically
Collaborates - Contributing strategically
Being resilient - Contributing strategically

About The Company


Santam is the leading short-term insurer in South Africa.  Along with its subsidiaries, the business transacts all classes of short-term insurance. Santam is a large, diversified, and transforming company and our success is rooted in our passion for our clients. Everything we do is centred on our delivery of Insurance Good and Proper. 


Please note this appointment will be made in line with the Divisional Employment Equity targets. People with disabilities are welcome to apply