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  • Posted: Nov 11, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Santam Limited is the largest short-term insurer in South Africa, with a market share in excess of 22%, providing short-term insurance products through broker networks and direct sales channels. The company was established in 1918 and offers personal, commercial, and corporate insurance solutions. Santam is a subsidiary of Sanlam Limited and has been listed ...
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    Commercial Underwriter

    What will you do?

    Santam’s Operations’ division currently has an exciting opportunity available for a Commercial Underwriter (CoE) who will be based within the Commercial Contact Centrebased in either Bellville, Cape Town, Bloemfontein or Pretoria


    The COE is a highly technical role with strong client focus. The key focus is on underwriting new and existing business to maintain profitability while also creating a platform to aid the growth process. COE’s are responsible for taking sound underwriting decisions through mandates and taking initiative. The COE is a key source of knowledge and leverage to the business at large. COE is the final gate keeper of the health of the risk.

    What will make you successful in this role?

    Principle Accountabilities
    • Effective underwriting of complex risks (new business, renewals, ad-hoc)
    • Identifying re-insurance and appropriate action
    • Effective screening actions
    • Providing quality and correct feedback on high level technical queries
    • Working within higher level mandates
    • Ownership of non-standard commercial products (e.g. Assets All Risks products)
    • Negotiating with external clients (brokers)
    • Building and maintaining relationships at various levels within the organization including CCC, Distribution and HO underwriting
    • Strong retention focus
    • Equipped to work from home – this talks to stable connectivity and back-up power in case of load shedding/power outage

    Qualification and minimum requirements
    •    A minimum of 5 years Underwriting experience within a short-term commercial insurance industry (required)
    •    Completed grade 12
    •    Fais credits: 60 (commercial lines)
    •    A completed NQF level 5 qualification will be advantageous
    •    Excellent proficiency in MS Word, Excel and Power Point
    •    A good understanding of contact centre processes and SLA’s


    •    Good communication and negotiation skills
    •    Bilingual (English and Afrikaans)
    •    Strong client service orientation
    •    Strong analytical skills
    •    Ability to work under pressure

    One of the competency requirements for this role is an above average matric pass. A matric certificate submission with the CV application is a requirement. Applications without the matric certificate will not be considered.

    Personal Attributes

    • Interpersonal savvy - Contributing through others
    • Decision quality - Contributing through others
    • Plans and aligns - Contributing through others
    • Directs work - 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

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

    Being resilient - 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.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Santam Insurance on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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