Senior Legal Advisor

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Date: 18-May-2022

Location: Sandton, Gauteng, South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

Who are we?

Sanlam Specialised Finance (SanFin) is responsible for creation of shared value for Sanlam, its shareholders, policy holders, and societies with in which it operates by managing financial risk, developing financial products, and balance sheet optimisation, pursuing investments and financing opportunities in assets, sectors, markets, organisations, and geographies that enable maximum return within acceptable risk parameters.

What will you do?

Responsible for handling a variety of moderately complex assigned legal projects. Acts as counsel on issues involving company compliance with moderately complex governmental and regulatory standards. Reviews legal documentation and provides advice on appropriate action. Coordinates legal matters requiring external legal assistance. May provide work leadership and mentoring to less experienced attorneys. May also participate in corporate affairs, corporate governance, and legal watch. You will form part of the Legal Team, reporting into the Head of Legal and Compliance, you will work across the SanFin business on varied matters in SSS, SEMPM, SPM and SCM.


Knowledge and Skills

Risk Management
Compliance and legal projects management
Legal advice and documentation reviews
Coordinates legal action that may require external legal assistance
Utilises negotiation and communication skills and related, risk, financial and legal expertise in the management of the client relationships.

What will make you successful in this role?

  • Assisting, where necessary, in the negotiation of transactions and offering legal advice on the structuring of financial transactions across the business sectors within SCM, including Debt, Properties, Empowerment Financing and Equities.
  • The drafting and checking of all agreements, including OTC (Over the Counter) derivative instruments documented in terms of ISDA, and other types of Master Agreements
  • Ensuring implementation of transactions (from cradle to the grave) in accordance with Credit approvals.
  • Keeping SCM up to date with changes in the statutory and common law as far as it relates to SCM and its business.

Qualification and Experience

Registered Attorney with 5 years related experience.

Personal Attributes

Business insight - Contributing through others
Builds networks - Contributing through others
Manages complexity - Contributing through others
Persuades - Contributing through others

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 through others
Collaborates - Contributing through others
Cultivates innovation - Contributing through others
Customer focus - Contributing through others
Drives results - Contributing through others

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.