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  • Posted: Oct 27, 2020
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    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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    Manager: Underwriting Governance & International


    Santam has an exiciting position of Manager Underwriting Governance and International. This role may be based at Head Office Tygervalley or Alice Lane Sandton and reports directly to the Executive Head: Underwriting, Reinsurance & International with a dotted line reporting to the Chief Risk Officer.


    • Control the issuance of Underwriting Mandates across all business areas with underwriting authority across the Santam Group. 
    • Design and implement a process to govern the adherence by business areas to their Underwriting Mandates, within a Combined Assurance framework working with the Group CRO Office and Group Internal Audit.
    • Monitor the Group’s gross and net underwriting exposures, based on its risk appetite. 
    • Assist the CRO office to report on and rectify breaches to the Group’s risk appetite.
    • Provides thought leadership and drive policy implementation around all aspects of Underwriting in the Group, including ESG imperatives and requirements.
    • Collaborates with the SEM Chief Risk Officer and provides expert support and thought leadership on General Insurance Risk Management.
    • Provides support to the Executive Head in delivering the Santam Group’s strategy and objectives for its International Investments.


    Underwriting Governance function leadership:

    • Manage the renewal of all Santam Group underwriting mandates, on at least an annual basis.
    • Manage the Group’s approval process for the extension of underwriting mandates and the implementation of new products.
    • Develop a plan for the oversight and auditing of underwriting practice across the Group, in conjunction with Group Internal Audit and the Group CRO Office, with clear responsibilities for execution over an agreed cycle.
    • In collaboration with Group CRO Office, expand and develop the underwriting risk metrics that are monitored in the Group
    • Assist in monitoring, reporting, and addressing any deviations.
    • Ensures appropriate governance representation on the Risk Committees of all key business areas for monitoring and the provision of input where needed.

    Latent claims exposure risk analysis, reviews, and remedial actions

    • Facilitates an ongoing process across business areas to review policy wordings from a legal and underwriting risk exposure perspective to identify potential unexpected latent claims, aggregations, and risks that cannot be tolerated by the Group.
    • Ensure that action is taken where agreed upon with policy wording must be modified.
    • Report to the Executive Risk Forum and Group Risk Committee on a regular basis on the reviews conducted and actions taken.

    Reinsurance gap exposure management

    • Within a combined assurance framework, ensure that the Group monitors and acts on any latent reinsurance exposure gaps that may lead it to exceed its risk appetite due to e.g. a difference in conditions between original policies issued and reinsurance treaties / facultative contracts, or due to legal issues of interpretation between policy wordings and treaty wordings.
    • Key parties within the combined assurance framework are Group Reinsurance Buying, Group CRO Office, Group Internal and External Audit, and Business Division Underwriting functions.

    Co-ordination of International Strategy and Support

    • Set up and coordinate Executive Forum for Santam directors of International Investment companies.
    • Discuss performance and risk exposures across Santam’s key International Investments
    • Identify key actions to be driven through board and SEM representation to improve performance and better manage risk.
    • Coordinate technical support provided by Santam to International businesses e.g. pricing, product, etc.


    • Feedback on findings and priority remedial actions required.
    • Assistance with risk and compliance reporting and submissions.
    • Performance and risk exposure management of Santam’s International Investments, working closely with SEM.

    Stakeholder Management:

    • Maintain and develop effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

    Thought Leadership:

    • Provide thought leadership and drive policy implementation around all aspects of Underwriting in the Group, including ESG imperatives and requirements.


    • Bachelor’s Degree (4-year).
    • Professional qualification as an Actuary, Underwriter, Risk professional would be advantageous.


    • Minimum of 10 years short-term insurance professional experience.


    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Santam Insurance on to apply

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