Financial Controller

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Date: 13-Oct-2021

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.

What will you do?

This is a specialist management support role within a business unit that does not have any direct reports. This role assists and advises managers on the financial implications of business decisions to aid growth and profit. Responsibilities of the job include: compiling and managing a budget, account payments, expense and/or debt management, preparing financial reports and statement, commentaries, payroll, undertaking financial administration and internal audits. 

What will make you successful in this role?

The key performance areas of this role and tasks include the following:

  • Preparation of Monthly expense reports, forecasting and variance analysis for selected business units
  • Preparation of annual budgets for the cost centres within the selected business units and provide feedback to cost centre owners
  • Approval of invoices
  • Preparation of monthly reconciliations
  • Provide information to expenses as part of the annual audit process


The successful incumbent will need to have:

  • Knowledge of basic and relevant accounting principles
  • Knowledge of basic Value-added Tax (VAT) Legislation.

Qualification and Experience

Degree or Diploma with at least 3 years related experience.

Knowledge and Skills

Financial Queries and Recommendations
Financial Reporting
Financial Information Processing

Personal Attributes

Action orientated - Contributing independently
Financial acumen - Contributing independently
Optimises work processes - Contributing independently
Plans and aligns - 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

Being resilient - Contributing independently
Collaborates - Contributing independently
Cultivates innovation - Contributing independently
Customer focus - Contributing independently
Drives results - 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. Application closing date: 20 October 2021

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.