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Propositions Manager

Date: 06-May-2022

Location: Johannesburg GAU ZA, GT, ZA

Company: Liberty Group Limited

At Liberty, we employ more than 6 000 people across 7 businesses in 18 African countries. Every day, our employees grow their knowledge by working with diverse groups of people who specialise in a wide range of skills across insurance, asset management, investment and health products. We continually seek to engage, develop, recognise and reward the people who make our business great.

Purpose

The purpose of the role is to lead the way on a number of key strategic projects that will position the business for long term success and financial performance. Creating new and updating existing products and services, redefining user journeys and using the technology of tomorrow to redefine the way advisers and their clients do business.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor`s Degrees and Advanced Diplomas [NQF Level 07] in Generic Management

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • CFA, Actuary, or equivalent investment qualifications.
  • Relevant Professional qualification (e.g. CA, MBA, business degree)

Minimum Experience

5 - 8 years experience in a similar environment, of which 2 - 3 years at specialist level

Additional Minimum Experience

  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience in the investment industry
  • Experience in building successful relationships and working collaboratively
  • Ability to navigate and discern complex requirements.
  • Experience at working in a fast paced, proactive and delivery focused environments

Key Responsibilities

  • New product development; product enhancements.
  • Regulatory impact analysis on clients/advisors/business/processes and implementation of regulatory changes.
  • Scoping of proposition requirements and testing of solutions.
  • Proposition representative on projects and features.
  • Commercial impact analysis. Drafting of business and IT proposals.
  • Drafting and review of internal and external correspondence.

Additional Key Responsibilities

  • Representation on industry bodies such as ASISA where required.
  • Best practice analysis; Competitor and trend analysis.
  • Presenting and training; Management of relationships with senior staff in the Business Units as well as with Compliance, IT and Marketing.
  • Management of 3rd party relationships (e.g., software vendors and technology suppliers).
  • Functional industry knowledge, at minimum: Knowledge of legislation: FICA, FAIS, CISCA, Pension Funds Act, Long term insurance act; Knowledge of tax rules and processes. Investment platforms; Discretionary and Pre and post retirement solutions and vehicles; Unit Trust Management Companies and their products; Mancos and Unit Trusts, Discretionary Investment Management and Model portfolios; Share portfolios. Offshore investment vehicles.
  • Facilitate workshops to maximize outcomes, able to present ideas convincingly.

Outputs

  • Strong organisational and strategic skills
  • Multi-task and balance priorities.
  • An understanding of investment and life products
  • An understanding of financial operations & budgetary aspects of financial services businesses
  • A strong understanding of Group processes and managing multiple priorities
  • A strong understanding of change management processes
  • A broad enterprise-wide view of the end-to-end business and a relevant degree of appreciation for strategy, processes, and capability, enabling technologies and governance.
  • A passion for continual growth and self-development

Process

  • Responsible for maintaining a body of knowledge on current and emerging investment propositions.
  • Accountable for contributing to strategy enablement and implementation and delivery optimisation across an internal value chain, through best practice development and implementation.
  • Draw on own technical and/or professional knowledge and experience to proactively develop alternatives and identify optimal best practice solutions for tactical problems.
  • Plan to deliver work outputs related to a service or operational area, Manages interdependent functional activities, and directs best-practice priorities, standards and procedures to ensure efficiency within area of specialisation.
  • Product Development of new products (or enhancement of existing products) for various regions/channels and on-going product lifecycle management.
  • Partner with leadership across business to improve end-to-end customer experience by owning product design and development.
  • Partner with Investment Management to create and update a strong, consistent suite of core products including marketing and client-service materials, in collaboration with marketing colleagues.
  • Seek broad feedback from investment management and distribution to identify areas for improvement.
  • Understand overall client segment/region/channel strategies across Retail and Institutional distribution channels to ensure products remain relevant and competitive.
  • Define focus areas, business development initiatives, areas for training, and develop target lists.
  • Partner with RFP (Request For Proposals) team to ensure a consistent implementation of strategy positioning and language across products as well as updates in respects of performance composites.
  • Responsible for working closely with product marketing team to assist in informing product campaigns and determining what products or services need marketing.
  • Identify areas for thought leadership that connect with their product responsibilities.

Customer

  • Responsible for the on-going monitoring of existing propositions ensuring these continue to meet customer needs, commercial promise as well as investment governance standards.
  • Organises regular product reviews with key stakeholders to evaluate product performance, elicit feedback and identify improvements in the product proposition going forward.
  • Provide authoritative, specialist expertise and advice to internal/external customers, that builds strong relationships and creates a favourable impression aligned to Treating the Customer Fairly (TCF) principles.

Finance

  • Implement and monitor financial controls, management of costs and corporate governance throughout the area of specialisation.

Learning and Growth

  • Contribute positively to human capability improvement, related to knowledge optimisation and associated with area of specialisation.

Governance

  • Develop and/or align governance and compliance policies for own practice and/or tactical area to identify and manage risk exposure liability related to the area of specialisation.

Technical Competencies

  • Research and Information Gathering (Proficient)
  • Product and/or Service Knowledge (Proficient)
  • Communication skills (Fundamental) (Proficient)

Behavioural Competencies

  • Analytical Thinking (Proficient)
  • Organisation and Attention to Detail (Proficient)
  • People Management and Empowerment (Proficient)
  • Relationship Management and Networking (Proficient)
  • Strategic Thinking (Proficient)
  • Problem Solving and Analysis (Proficient)
  • Persuading and Influencing (Proficient)
  • Strategic Insight and Capability (Proficient)
  • Entrepreneurial and commercial thinking (Proficient)
  • Creative and Innovative Thinking (Advanced)
  • Governance, Ethics and Values (Proficient)
  • Professional/Technical learning (Proficient)

Liberty Group Limited is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. In compliance with the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and the group's Transformation Strategy, preference will be given to suitable candidates from designated groups whose appointments will contribute towards the achievement of equitable demographic representation of our workforce profile and add to the diversity of the organisation.

 

Vaccination Policy & Hybrid Working Model 

We are evolving the way we work and will be launching a Hybrid working model, in line with this Liberty has implemented a Mandatory vaccination policy which is applicable to all employees, this is to further strengthen our commitment to the safety of all employees. Right of refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19, either on constitutional and/or medical grounds, is taken into consideration and will be dealt with through an objection process. More information about our Hybrid working model and Mandatory vaccination policy will be discussed during the recruitment process for this position. 


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