Senior Fund Accountant (Bellville - Cape Town)

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Date: 10-Jun-2021

Location: South Africa

Company: Sanlam Group

Who are we?

Sanlam Corporate Cluster comprises of the two existing businesses - Sanlam Employee Benefits (SEB) and Sanlam Health Management (SHM) and the soon to be established Sanlam Corporate Solutions. These businesses enhance our corporate business offering through providing integrated solutions for corporate clients both in South Africa and across the African continent by providing tailored solutions to targeted corporates.  SEB CORE specializes in retirement fund administration to institutional retirement funds spread over a number of industries and services from large single employer run stand-alone funds to multi-employer umbrella funds. This business unit is also responsible for ongoing client servicing ranging from board of Trustees, Employers, Intermediaries and Employees. It is also responsible for the IT deliverables and digital strategy for Sanlam Employee Benefits. 

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 the group provides many opportunities for growth and development.

What will you do?


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Drafting of Financial statements and audit file.
  • Assisting with audits and peer reviews of audit files.
  • Trustee reporting and review of admin information
  • Responsible for ensuring timeous bank and triangle reconciliations  and quality thereof
  • Assisting with all GL, bank recon and triangle queries
  • Review - bank declaration, key GL reconciliations, unit reconciliations
  • Management and review of reserve accounts
  • ET approvals 
  • PAYE payments and submissions, payments of IT88’s
  • Gathering of internal audit documents and actuary information
  • Updating of daily reconciliation process & review of month end file 
  • People Management - Mentoring & coaching of Fund Accountants.
  • Compilation of event runs, imports and manual trades.
  • Reporting – submission of Exco report information
  • Compilation and peer review of OLAP reports

Qualification & Experience


  • Financial degree or diploma or 5 years relevant experience
  • Minimum of 5 years relevant experience in the Employee Benefits industry
  • Experience in drafting financial statements or conducting audits preferred
  • Proficient in Microsoft product (Excel, Word, Outlook etc.)
  • Sound knowledge of financial statements and IFRS requirements
  • Knowledge of Caseware preferred 
  • Knowledge of legislation applicable to the retirement fund industry    
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed their articles 

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge of legislation applicable to the retirement fund industry
  • Previous retirement fund experience will be advantageous 
  • Certificate of Proficiency will be advantageous
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and Outlook)

Personal Qualities


  • Responsible with a high level of accountability
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and verbal) skills
  • Client focus
  • Professional profile
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Process orientated
  • Self-motivated with a strong focus on delivery
  • Conceptual thinking skills 
  • Must be able to work under pressure, Individually or as member or a team
  • Team player
  • Innovative thinker with good problem-solving skills
  • Flexible 
  • Able to adapt to change

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.