Developer at Santam Insurance

The incumbent will be responsible for development, testing, maintaining and supporting software that meets business requirements on the Policy Administration System.


  •    Adheres to defined software development lifecycles and best practice (including code standards, code reviews, source control, etc.)
  • Configure and develop screens and applications that meet business requirements (UI’s, business logic, rules, process flow, etc.)
    •    Build integration / web services
    •    Create XML payloads for integration between systems
    •    Create test data and unit tests to ensure developed software works according to business requirement, design and specification
    •    Considers non-functional requirements during software development (eg. performance, load, response, etc.)
    •    Prepare and produce releases of software components
    •    Support and maintain developed applications and services

Generic Functions

  • Contributes and collaborates with team members across the SDLC from business analysis, design, development and testing in Agile / self-managed team environment
  • Identification of potential risks / issues and give input into risk plan
  • Provide support to other members of the Development Team and members of the Project Management team as required

Quality Assurance

  • Unit and functional testing of developed software to ensure it meets quality standards
  • Participate in code reviews and technical issue resolution meetings

What will make you successful in this role?


  • Relevant Tertiary IT qualification and/or qualification through experience
  • Minimum of 3 years’ IT development experience across the systems development lifecycle
  • Solid experience in :
  • Java 8, J2EE
  • XML
  • Object oriented development
  • Web application development
  • Web services
  • Experience or at least familiarity with SQL


  • Knowledge of SOLID principles / Design Patterns and their use
  • Working knowledge of the Atlassian Suite of products (e.g. Bamboo, JIRA, Confluence) would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of Agile methods, e.g. Kanban, SCRUM
  • Knowledge of Groovy advantageous
  • Knowledge of the short term insurance industry is advantageous
  • Working effectively as a team member sharing responsibility, providing support and maintaining communication
  • Identifying, resolving or escalating risks, issues, dependencies, etc.
  • Must be able to work in a highly pressurised and dynamic environment
  • Investigation and analysis of information
  • Able to accept accountability for actions and decisions

Knowledge and Skills

  • IT Data Analysis
  • Project Oversight
  • Reporting and Administration
  • Quality, Compliance and Accreditation
  • Business Requirements Definition
  • Technologies

Personal Attributes

  • Organisational savvy – Contributing through others
  • Manages complexity – Contributing through others
  • Plans and aligns – Contributing through others
  • Optimises work processes – 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.

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