Risk Consultant: Group Actuarial & Risk

Date: 09-May-2019

Location: Bellville, Western Cape, South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

Who are we?

Sanlam was established as a life insurance company in South Africa but has since transformed into a diversified financial services group that operates across the African continent, India, Malaysia and selected developed markets, with listings on the Johannesburg, A2X and Namibian stock exchanges. In 2018 the Group celebrated its centenary as well as 20 years since demutualisation and listing in South Africa and Namibia. Sanlam is one of the 50 largest internationally active insurance groups in the world with a presence in 44 countries and has the biggest non-banking financial services footprint on the African continent. The five business clusters (Life insurance, Investments, Emerging Markets, Corporate, and Short-term insurance) house the Group’s business operations. The Group Office serves as the ‘glue’ that keeps the Group together by providing strategic direction and support to the five clusters to assist them in meeting their business objectives. The Group Office is responsible for the Group’s centralised functions, which include: Finance, Actuarial, Risk management, Information Technology, Human Resources, Market Development and Brand Services.

What will you do?

The Sanlam Group Risk Management Function strives to be a trusted, agile and independently minded business partner, generating timely and forward-looking group-wide risk insight to enhance business and financial resilience and sustainable client-centric value creation.

You will provide technical support for timely and effective claims and risk financing for the risk management program. Ensures compliance with state regulations and prepares summary claims report. Identifies options and provides recommendations for the design and development of risk management information systems. Utilises data management and spreadsheet capabilities to assist in identifying loss trends, administering current programs and responding to customer requests.

What will make you successful in this role?

  • Group Risk Reporting and Insights: Assist with the co-ordination, consolidation and preparation of quarterly internal Group ORSA and other risk reporting, with appropriate supporting analysis and commentary.
  • Assist with group-level regulatory reporting, data requests and regulatory applications and notifications.
  • Assist with the preparation of the annual published Capital and Risk Management disclosure
  • Assist with regular updating of the Group ERM Framework policies, standards and guidelines.
  • Support the development of group-wide assessment of emerging risk, risk scenarios and deep-dives.
  • Assist the Group Application owner and cluster CROs with the implementation and embedment of the BWise Risk Management System across the group.
  • Assist with the development of Risk Insight reporting from the BWise Risk Management system.

Qualification, Knowledge & Experience

  • Qualified or nearly qualified actuary


  • Qualified CA(SA) with 2-3 years post qualifying experience preferably within Insurance industry


  • Similar risk management qualification.


  • Insurance experience would be to your advantage as well as some exposure to Risk management, Actuarial and Insurance related concepts.
  • Ability to understand complex or technical concepts.
  • Advanced Excel skills.
  • Exposure to Operational Risk concepts will be to your advantage.


Knowledge and Skills

Compliance and Risk Management monitoring

Compliance and Risk Management reporting and corrective action

Compliance queries and advice

Coaching and training

Building partnerships

Personal Attributes

Business insight - Stage 3

Decision quality - Stage 3

Persuades - Stage 3

Optimises work processes - 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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