Head of Distribution Finance

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Date: 02-Aug-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 products, as well as group schemes.

What will you do?


  • Full financial oversight of financial management and risk function for sales function in an insurance company 
  • Preparation and/ or review of management reporting, key metrics and sales insights
  • Planning and preparing of reporting, budgeting and forecasting
  • Analysis, review and approval of sales payroll – commissioned and salaried staff
  • Analysis of sales remuneration 
  • Review and set-up of MIS reporting as a tool for use of all sales levels including executive committee
  • Represent Finance in sales projects and vice versa
  • Staff management 
  • Risk management oversight of sales function
  • Various adhoc requirements for Finance, Actuarial and Sales  
  • The key responsibility of this role is to ensure that finance is a business and risk partner to the various sales channels and that the business objectives are met sustainably

What will make you successful in this role?


Minimum Requirements 

  • CA(SA) 
  • 5-10 years’ experience in a senior management position
  • 5 years’ experience in a Senior Financial Management role in Insurance Industry would be an advantage
  • Proficiency in MS Office Word and Excel (advanced)
  • Strong staff management skills is a must



  • Planning and Organising
  • Attention to detail
  • Relating and Networking
  • Adapting and Responding to Change
  • Coping with Pressures and Setbacks
  • Confidence and Decisiveness
  • Analysing
  • Pro-Activity
  • Problem Solving
  • Staff management
  • Client Service Orientation
  • Treating Customers Fairly

Knowledge and Skills

Financial analysis and planning
Financial Management and controls
Financial Reporting
Financial Risk Management
Management of employees

Personal Attributes

Manages complexity - Contributing strategically
Business insight - Contributing strategically
Courage - Contributing strategically
Builds effective teams - Contributing strategically

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 strategically
Customer focus - Contributing strategically
Drives results - Contributing strategically
Collaborates - Contributing strategically
Being resilient - Contributing strategically

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 for applications: 17 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.