BI Data Engineer

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Date: 05-Aug-2022

Location: Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

Who are we?

Sanlam Life and Savings (SLS) is focused on serving our retail and corporate clients in South Africa and further developing our strategic advantages in the South African market. Sanlam Life and Savings consists of three clusters - Sanlam Corporate, Sanlam Retail Mass and Sanlam Retail Affluent. The Sanlam Life and Savings Office provides strategic direction, coordination and support to the three clusters, as well as performing governance oversight that includes assurance provided by second line of defense functions in SLS, to enable us to meet our business objectives.

Role Description


Guided by senior developers you will be responsible for establishing new technology components and reusable solution patterns that can be leveraged by business facing development teams in their day-to-day solutions. You will constantly be developing and setting new principles, standards, processes, procedures, and guidelines for the wider BI community.

You should be able to communicate technical information to technical teams, as well as be competent in communicating challenges and solutions to project and operational leadership. An understanding of data management solutions and a keen sense of the strategic value of information to an organisation will be of importance. You will also be responsible for developing data warehousing blueprints, evaluating hardware and software platforms and integrating systems; translating business needs into long-term architecture solutions.

What will you do?

Main Responsibilities:

  • The performance of the Data Engineer can be described and measured by:
  • Define a structured approach to problem solving and delivery against it. 
  • Create role specific design standards, patterns and principles 
  • Assist the planning and management of the workload of the team and to ensure delivery
  • Load large, complex data sets to and make data available for other data engineers
  • Identify, design, and implement internal process improvements: automating manual processes, optimizing data delivery, re-designing models for greater scalability
  • Working with other data engineers and data modellers, you will design, implement, and manage data vaults, data transformations and the data pipeline
  • Identify, design, and implement vault access layers to enable BI products to leverage the data within data vaults
  • Monitor and fine-tune data vaults and data transformations on the Cloudera Hadoop stack
  • Use modern development and modelling techniques and tools to implement BI and data management solutions, including data quality, metadata and reference data
  • Engage with a wide range of technical stakeholders including data scientists, data analysts, business analysts, other data engineers and solutions architects
  • Support data stewards to establish and enforce guidelines for data collection, quality improvements, integration, and processes

What will make you successful in this role?

Role Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics, Informatics, Information Systems, Engineering or another quantitative field / National Diploma in an Information Technology related discipline preferred

Work Experience:

  • The Data Engineer must have at least 3 to 5 years of relevant experience in a similar environment working with the relevant tools and techniques

Technical Knowledge and Experience:

  • The Data Engineer is someone with a strong understanding of data, data structures and data sources. Required skills include:
  • Application and data engineering background with a solid background in SQL is required 
  • Knowledge of database management system (DBMS) physical implementation, including tables, joins and SQL querying.
  • Data architecture design and delivery experience preferred
  • Experience in Database technologies (e.g. SAP Hana, or similar) or Hadoop components including HDFS, Hive, Spark, Oozie and Impala preferred and highly advantageous.   
  • Object-oriented/object functional scripting languages (e.g. Python, Java, Scala or related)
  • Knowledge and experience of structured data, such as entities, classes, hierarchies, relationships and metadata.
  • Strong Data Engineering background with a specific focus on staging high quality data
  • Understanding of data warehousing principles (e.g. Kimball and Vault).
  • Experience in agile development
  • Ability to comply to and manage data assets under a strict governance framework
  • Desirable/ preferred skills include:
  • Data warehousing (Kimball and Data Vault patterns are preferred) and dimensional data modelling (e.g. OLAP and MDX experience)
  • Experience in developing data pipelines using ETL tools (e.g. SAP Data Services), automation (e.g. Wherescape), scheduling and test automation (e.g. Robot) is desirable
  • A solid background in SQL, Information Architecture and ETL procedures
  • Experience with object-oriented/functional/scripting languages (e.g. Python, Unix Shell scripting, Java, Scala etc.) is preferred but not essential. 
  • Data Management technologies (e.g. Informatica Data Quality (IDQ), Informatica Enterprise Data Catalog (EDC), Axon, EBX) 
  • Event/Streaming based data pipelines (e.g. Kafka or Nifi) nice to have


  • Strong analytical & numerical ability
  • Problem solving skills
  • Conceptual thinker
  • Good communication / interpersonal skills
  • Action / results orientation
  • Quality orientation
  • Knowledge seeking / learning orientation
  • IT Data Analysis 
  • Database Knowledge and Monitoring 
  • Data Security 
  • Risk Management 
  • Strong analytical-thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information 
  • Strong technical and operational ability 
  • Deadline-driven, even in pressurised and fast-paced environments

Qualification and Experience

Degree or Diploma with 4 to 6 years related experience.

Knowledge and Skills

Legacy / Procedural and ERP Application Environment designs
Reporting and Administration
Business Requirements definition
System enhancements
Programme specifications

Personal Attributes

Interpersonal savvy - Contributing independently
Decision quality - Contributing independently
Action orientated - Contributing independently
Optimises work processes - Contributing independently

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 four business clusters – Sanlam Life and Savings, Sanlam Investment Group, Sanlam Emerging Markets, Santam, as well as MiWay and the Group Office – the group provides many opportunities for growth and development.

Core Competencies

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

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. 


Closing Date : 26 August 2022

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.