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  • Posted: Aug 19, 2020
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    Since our establishment in 1918, Sanlam has been a prominent part of the South African business landscape. We have always held a long-term view of how business adapts to the demands of the environment in which it operates. Today, in a dynamic world, we see an evolving set of social, economic, political and environmental imperatives that require our skilful ...
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    Growth and Innovation Lead

    What you will do

    Supporting and enabling innovative growth across SPA Life’s businesses in Africa by acting as an advisor to these projects and by building and managing the tools and capabilities to support them. These initiatives will typically be enabled by external partnerships and/or technology use in selling mainly insurance products to clients across Africa.

    Providing & enabling direct support to innovative growth projects

    • Providing advisory support to businesses as they innovate, and to help them in working with partner organisations and technology companies.
    • Coaching and acting as a soundboard for innovation project teams across the business.
    • Supporting negotiations and contracting with partners and suppliers.
    • Assessing the quality of innovation proposals, rating potential technology and other partners, identifying risk factors in new initiatives.

    Acting as a central point of support & control for innovative growth

    • Tracking and analysing the performance of innovation initiatives, and using this information to inform decisions at a local and group level.
    • Securing and defending budgets for the right initiatives, and motivating for head office support for initiatives, engaging with colleagues at a senior level.
    • Proactively finding and initiating new growth projects by recognising patterns or repeatable models across countries.
    • Finding and connecting the right resources from the Sanlam Group or outside to fill gaps in the capabilities needed for projects.
    • Monitoring and studying insurance and financial services innovation globally for context and inspiration, and to recognise trends.

    Curating and improving the organisation’s innovation methods

    • Acting as curator of the innovation framework and toolkit, and continually enhancing this supporting material, both through the experience of the businesses as they innovate, and through creating new and improving existing aspects of the framework as required.
    • Identifying, articulating and communicating lessons learned from the experience of the teams worked with across Africa. Communication may be in presentation form, written, or person-to-person.

    What will make you successful in this role?

    • Appropriate Business related degree with 10 years’ relevant experience
    • Work in a consulting or advisory role, dealing with ExCo level clients.
    • Work in insurance, ideally with experience across several countries in Africa.
    • Experience in innovating, creating new business models and/or value propositions.
    • Managing a portfolio of projects across different locations.


    • Ability to work with staff up to CEO level across the continent.
    • Strategic and analytical thinker, able to spot patterns and trends across different contexts.
    • Familiarity with innovation and start-up models.
    • Expertise in business model design and innovation.
    • Understanding of insurance in emerging markets.
    • Proficiency in French an advantage.


    • Strong interpersonal skills and gravitas to command respect at a senior level.
    • Comfort with uncertainty, hypothesis driven projects, and a “test and learn” approach.
    • Resilience to cope with setbacks and challenges in diverse environments.
    • Willingness to pull the plug on unsuccessful initiatives.
    • Ability to influence at all levels.

    Qualification And Experience

    • Degree or Diploma with 10 to 12 years related experience.

    Knowledge And Skills

    • Strategic Planning
    • Trend Analysis
    • Project Oversight
    • Business Knowledge
    • Innovation Management

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    Sharepoint Web and Content Manager

    What you will do

    The SharePoint Web and content Services Manager will form part of the End User Platform Services (EUPS) team and will be responsible to lead and manage a team of specialists, providing collaboration solutions based on Office 365 technologies.
    You will be responsible for strategic technical direction, innovative new ideas and capabilities relating to Office 365 technologies, including the design, development, administration, support and maintenance of SharePoint sites, Teams, OneDrive for Business, Yammer and other PowerApps, the relevant Office 365 portals and various other applications based on these technologies.
    You will work closely with specialists in Directory services (Azure Active Directory and on-premise Active Directory), Messaging specialists, End User and Collaboration architects and is jointly responsible for advancing collaboration solutions for the Sanlam Group of companies.
    You will interact regularly with representatives from the various business units, to obtain business requirements and deliver appropriate solutions.

    What will make you successful in this role?

    • Establish strategic direction for SharePoint and Teams architecture and configuration in collaboration with the EUPS team and system administrators.
    • Recommend and create policy for SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive for Business governance and administration; and ensure compliance with policies and standards for architecture, process, security and quality assurance.
    • Develop, configure and support SharePoint environments including Office 365, on premise and Hybrid environments.
    • Develop, configure and support SharePoint sites for Country intranets, SharePoint and MS Teams sites, and other collaboration work spaces.
    • Troubleshoot functional and technical incidents occurring within SharePoint Online and On Premise, MS Teams and related Office 365 products and apps. Provides Tier 3 support to diagnose Office 365 related issues and perform root cause analysis.
    • Interface with third party vendors and acts as primary point of contact for SharePoint and MS Teams platforms; communicates functional and technical application requirements.
    • At the enterprise level, coordinate and maintain web applications; coordinate with external entities as needed. Manage end-user accounts, permission and access rights in accordance with policies and best-practices while maintaining privacy and security standards.
    • Design and configure custom SharePoint, Teams, PowerApps applications and web parts, including Power Automate and Forms Pro applications, including customized activities, forms, and other custom functionality.
    • Mentor and develop SharePoint, Teams and related Office 365 technologies’ expertise within the user community.
    • Perform other duties related to SharePoint, Teams, OD4B administration, development, and production support as needed.
    • Take personal initiative to identify, analyse, resolve and deliver solutions for problems and opportunities concerning Office 365 and SharePoint.
    • Mentor other SharePoint and Teams Administrators, Developers, and users in IT.
    • Define budgetary controls annually, providing input to the budget process, including expense and income (cost recovery) models - and communicate this to stakeholders.

    Minimum Required:

    • Matric
    • A degree in Computer Science or equivalent
    • Relevant certification in SharePoint or Office 365, e.g. MCSA Office 365

    Adventageous To Have

    • Certifications in Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint, MS Teams, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, etc.
    • Certifications in PowerApps, Power Automate, Forms, etc.
    • Certifications in Microsoft Security products, including the EMS suite, AAD, ATP, AIP, etc.


    • At least five years of direct work experience developing websites and applications in Office 365/SharePoint, .NET/Azure, Powershell, and SQL, SharePoint Designer, and User Interface development to deliver business solutions
    • At least 2 years of intermediate-level experience with Active Directory is required, including integration and access control
    • At least 1 year experience administering and configuring Microsoft Teams is required
    • Knowledge and experience in developing apps using Power Apps, Power Automate, Forms Pro will be to your advantage
    • Familiarity with database platforms (especially MS SQL Server) and reporting tools is a plus
    • DevOps and agile process experience is a plus
    • Knowledge of and experience in managing budgets, expenses and income models, is a strong positive

    Knowledge And Skills

    • IT infrastructure architecture
    • New technologies based on business requirements
    • Development methodologies
    • Architecture models

    Method of Application

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