SPONSORED CONTENT: Sanlam is recruiting for a new CIO


The Sanlam Group is looking for their next IT leader for the Sanlam Life and Savings cluster. Find out the requirements and apply if you fit the bill to be their next chief information officer.

Our purpose in Sanlam Life & Savings (SLS) is aligned to that of the Group – empowering generations to be financially confident, secure and prosperous. There are four businesses in SLS, being Glacier, Sanlam Risk and Savings (SRS), Sanlam Corporate (SC), and Sanlam Retail Mass (SRM). Our focus on consolidating, optimising and expanding our data architecture and service models will require significant technology development. The creation of the new CIO (SLS) role stems from this reason. While SLS businesses will retain responsibility for their respective technology these functions will operate within the framework of a SLS-wide IT architecture and roadmap, as well as a SLS service model.

Are you looking to work in a dynamic tech environment? The Sanlam Group is currently recruiting for a Chief Information Officer within the Sanlam Life and Savings cluster. Join our high-performing tech team and be part of a cluster-wide function that puts technology at the core of our business.

Below is a full overview of this exciting opportunity!

Reporting to the CEO (SLS), the chief information officer (CIO) is a new role. The incumbent of this role will collaborate with counterparts in each SLS business, as well as Sanlam FinTech (SFT) and Sanlam Group Technology (SGT) to design the SLS-wide technology architecture, aiming to achieve the objective of holistic client-centricity, and will also work with the SLS COO and CEOs of the various businesses to explore business solutions to IT problems. Achieving the business objectives will necessitate significantly enhanced coordination of IT among the businesses within SLS.

Key Responsibilities

  • Defining and owning the SLS (enterprise) IT architecture and roadmap in tight collaboration with:

    - Sanlam Group Technology (SGT) and other IT providers inside and outside of SLS.
    - Sanlam FinTech Data Officer and the Group CIO to enable the widespread application of the Data Strategy, Data Insights, AI, and Machine Learning in SLS’ commercial teams.
    - CIOs in the four SLS businesses and SanlamConnect.
  • Drive efficiencies, harmonisation, consolidation and simplification of the SLS technology stack, to reduce the total cost of ownership of technology in SLS.
  •  Work closely with the SLS COO, Sanlam FinTech and Sanlam Group Technology to develop and implement the data architecture, supporting a Sanlam Group-wide journey to a single digital ID, and orchestration of our “Sanlam Glue” digital and ecosystem layer.
  • Ensure the necessary competencies and capacity to implement the SLS IT strategy. This needs to cover the four businesses in SLS, but also Sanlam Connect, enabling functions and shared services.
  • Ensure expert IT participation in all business decisions by having IT representation at the SLS Exco table.
  • Ensure that specific functions or IT systems within each SLS business adhere to predefined guidelines, while also anticipating an increase in shared functions and systems.


  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, or a related field is usually required.
  • A Master's degree in business administration (MBA) or a similar field will be preferred.

Skills, knowledge and experiences

  • This is a hands-on role and will require innovative approaches to solving tech and business problems.
  • Strategic vision and the ability to anticipate future technology trends and their potential impact on the organisation.
  • Experience in developing and executing long-term IT roadmaps and plans to support business growth and competitiveness.
  • Significant experience in IT leadership roles, preferably in a large financial services group or a related sector.
  • Proven experience in developing and implementing IT strategies aligned with business objectives.
  • Experience in working closely with senior executives and group technology COEs, to drive technology-driven business transformations.
  • Proven experience in leading change management initiatives and driving cultural transformation within IT teams and across the organisation. Ability to navigate and mitigate resistance to change while fostering a culture of continuous improvement.
  • In-depth knowledge of IT systems, hybrid cloud infrastructure, core admin systems, lean agile transformation, APIs, data fabrics, integration orchestration, CRM, and emerging technologies e.g., AI/ML/Events etc.
  • Strong leadership and management skills to lead a team of IT professionals effectively.
  • Ability to inspire and motivate team members, foster collaboration, and drive innovation.
  • A solid understanding of business operations and processes, with the ability to align IT initiatives with organisational goals and priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to convey complex technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Strong presentation skills for articulating IT strategies and initiatives to executive leadership.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Knowledge of relevant regulatory requirements and industry
  • standards related to IT governance, data privacy, and security.
  • Vendor Management: Experience in managing vendor relationships, including contract negotiation, vendor selection, and performance evaluation.
  • Ability to assess third-party solutions and services to meet the organisation's IT needs effectively.

Competencies and digital leadership

  • Tech savvy
  • Cultivates innovation.
  • Strategic mindset
  • Agile leadership
  • Manages ambiguity.
  • Manages complexity.
  • Drives Results
  • Human centered leadership
  • Instils trust.
  • Build effective teams.
  • Drives engagement

Why Join Us

Sanlam is the largest non- banking financial services group in the continent. You will work with global tech expertise across the Sanlam Group and participate in creating the most tech savvy financial services organisation across SLS and Sanlam. This is a unique opportunity to play a pivotal role in shaping the future of SLS. As CIO, you will be at the forefront of innovation, driving significant improvements in our technology.

Interested candidates are invited to share their CV and a motivation letter with us at [email protected] by Monday, 1 July 2024. Send through your application now!

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