Financial Controller: Banking and Project

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Date: 23-Jun-2022

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

Who are we?

Sanlam Developing Markets [SDM] (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sanlam Life Limited) is one of the top financial services providers in the South African entry-level and emerging middle market. It aims to understand the unique requirements of clients and offers a wide range of simple and affordable financial solutions that cover needs such as funeral insurance, savings for education, life cover and personal accident plans. In terms of the Sanlam Group Governance Policy, SDM is managed by the SA Retail Mass cluster, which is part of the Sanlam Life and Savings cluster within the Sanlam Group. The cluster focusses on retail porducts, as well as group schemes.

What will you do?



  • Maintenance of financial controls to ensure the completeness & accuracy of transactions from the Policy Administration system (FAFA).
  • Daily reconciliation of Bank statement transactions to General Ledger (SAP System).
  • Daily uploading of Bank statements to Mercury System.
  • Preparation of month end journals.
  • Monthly reconciliations between the Policy Administration System (FAFA) and Bank statements.
  • Daily capturing or releasing of manual payments.
  • Processing of EFT payments in accordance with the SLA.
  • Liaising with other departments on an on-going basis and providing them with value adding information.
  • Liaising with the auditors for internal and external audits.
  • Make recommendations for fixes required to the system and system data.
  • Adhoc duties as directed by the manager.
  • Processing of system fixes within the target dates.
  • Make recommendations for fixes required to the system and system data.
  • Preparation of Project related reports.
  • Daily Credit Balance investigations.
  • Preparation of Credit balance reports.
  • Daily GL integration process.

What will make you successful in this role?


Qualification & Experience 

  • B.Com. Accounting (or similar degree or diploma with financial accounting as a major) is essential. 
  • Preferable 2 years’ experience in a similar capacity within Finance 
  • Experience in the financial industry will be advantageous 

Knowledge and Skills

  • Proficiency in MS Word and Excel is essential.
  • Proficiency in SAP is preferable.

Personal qualities 

  • Planning and organising 
  • Concern for Accuracy
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships
  • Communication 
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Decision Making 
  • Results Driven
  • Problem Solving 
  • Building Customer Loyalty
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Attention to Detail
  • Deadline Driven
  • Work Under Pressure
  • Team Player
  • Time Management
  • Open to Feedback

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

Closing date for all applications is 7 July 2022. 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.