Tech Specialist: Risk Analysis & Advice - Hydrology

Date: 15-May-2019

Location: Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

Who are we?

Santam is the market leader in the general insurance industry in Southern Africa. We are a large, diversified, expanding and transforming company and whilst based in South Africa, we are rapidly moving into a number of emerging markets, both in Africa and Asia. Our success is rooted in our passion for our clients and everything we do is centred on our delivery of Insurance Good and Proper. 

What will you do?

Provide all the divisions within Santam (including the surveyors and external business partners) with sound technical consulting and analytic support, via various platforms, which will encompass flood and storm sea surge, structures, geology, Geographic Info Systems (GIS), climate risk identification and profiling. This will include macro and micro risk profiling, hazard and exposure management, data mining, field work, presentations, technical training and collaborations with scientific, research and governmental bodies.



  • GIS Arc 10 literate (including applications and delivery)
  • Must be able to read, assimilate and analyse technical reports (technical research)
  • Climatology (must have a very good general understanding, including knowledge of climate systems with regard to climate change)
  • Hydrology (must be able to read and understand reports and have a good understanding of flood lines/ flood plains and catchments)
  • Geology (must have a very good understanding of geological related risk associated with structures and the interpretation of resulting damages)
  • Must be on par with the latest research trends
  • Data management 
  • Strong statistical analysis

What will make you successful in this role?



  • BEng degree or equivalent in the built or scientific environment
  • Relevant postgraduate qualification would be to your advantage
  • Professionally registered or working towards registration (ECSA)
  • 5-8 years’ experience with an emphasis on flood hazard management, numerical flood modeling, dams, hydrology, storm water systems and water resource management
  • Well-developed understanding around other relevant civil engineering disciplines with a strong focus on geology and geotechnics
  • Strong statistical background
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience required
  • A well-developed general understanding of climatology        




  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, presentation and networking skills
  • Excellent logical reasoning, root cause analysis, problem solving and analytical ability
  • Proven ability to manage a specialist team and associated resources
  • Ability to work under pressure and operate independently
  • Ability to negotiate and convey technical knowledge in layman's terms
  • Innovative and resourceful
  • Ability to conduct and apply research correctly
  • Computer literacy skills with sound knowledge of MS Office
  • Macro and Micro risk analysis
  • Collaboration with scientific and governmental bodies including employees in the organisation


Personal Attributes

Organisational savvy - Stage 3

Manages complexity - Stage 3

Plans and aligns - Stage 3

Builds effective teams - Stage 3

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 - Stage 3

Customer focus - Stage 3

Drives results - Stage 3

Collaborates - Stage 3

Being resilient - Stage 3

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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