Sanlam BI : Data Analyst

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Date: 21-Jun-2022

Location: Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

Who are we?

The Sanlam Retail Affluent business (SRA) is dedicated to empower South Africans in the middle- and upper-income segments to be financially confident, secure and prosperous. With deep client understanding and a focus on excellence in technology, client and intermediary experiences, SRA delivers financial solutions including comprehensive financial planning, life- and disability insurance, credit solutions, savings and investments, retirement and fiduciary services that can be accessed through various platforms.

Role Description

Sanlam Business Intelligence (SBI) is a centre of excellence delivering data and analytical services to Sanlam’s retail businesses, which provide a comprehensive range of financial solutions across different marketing segments.

Are you analytically minded, curious and enthusiastic about data? Passionate turning data into information, information into insights and insights into business decisions?
An exciting opportunity exists in the SBI Descriptive Analytics team.

We are looking for an individual who wants to develop skills and progress their career in data analytics. Learn and leverage a variety of data analytical tools and methods, including data visualisation best practice, to turn data into actionable insights with demonstrable business impact.
If you believe you have what it takes, then join the team and assist us to develop our data analytics capability as you grow your skills and competencies in this exciting and sought-over field. 

Your responsibilities will span all aspects of data analytics. From working with business representatives and product owners to define and elicit requirements, to preparing and analysing data from varying sources, to building dashboards that highlight key information and insights.

What will you do?

Key result areas


Data Preparation

  • Acquire data from various data sources
  • Assess the effectiveness and accuracy of data sources 
  • Process, cleanse and verify the integrity and suitability of data used for analysis
  • Combine and transform the data into interpretable datasets, reports or dashboards
  • Ensure that business requirements and subsequent activities are supported by accurate information

Analysis and Visualisation

  • Interpret data and analyse outputs using relevant analytical techniques
  • Identify, analyse, and interpret trends or patterns in data sets
  • Use data to answer key questions about the business
  • Present information as reports and/or dashboards using best practice data visualisation techniques
  • Maintain, expand and optimise dashboards and ongoing reports
  • Respond to ad hoc business requests


Stakeholder engagement

  • Gather requirements from different business stakeholders & product owners
  • Present information, solutions and dashboard back to stakeholders 

What will make you successful in this role?




  • Bachelors degree (information systems/statistics/data or computer science/engineering) or equivalent
  • Functional experience in analytics, data visualisation or reporting.


Knowledge and Experience 

  • 1-2 years of experience manipulating data sets and building dashboards
  • Business experience in financial services would be advantageous 
  • Strong analytical-thinking and problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience working with data in various data sources and databases
  • Strong knowledge of and experience with reporting packages (Business Objects), databases (SAP HANA, Cloudera), querying (SQL)
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyse, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Adept at queries, report writing and presenting findings
  • Ability to translate business requirements into non-technical terms.
  • Demonstrated experience in handling large data sets and relational databases.
  • Experience working in an agile environment
  • Excellent attention to detail



  • Analytical thinking
  • Results driven
  • Accuracy
  • Communication skills
  • Accountability
  • Innovative thinking
  • Building and maintaining relationships
  • Team success
  • Adaptability

Personal Attributes

Organisational savvy - Contributing independently
Manages complexity - Contributing independently
Plans and aligns - 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.

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: 27 June 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.