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We offer our employees the kind of environment where everyone matters. We recognise the value of work-life balance and have a genuine concern for the wellbeing of our people and their families. Collaboration is encouraged and rewarded.

We are dedicated to developing people in their roles and offer a stimulating and challenging work environment geared towards growth and innovation. Regular performance feedback is an integral part of our culture and our robust performance management system drives consistency and fairness.

We believe in rewarding our people fairly and offer competitive and flexible benefits. Our people are recognised through various programmes and initiatives, designed to acknowledge their contributions and incentivise exceptional performance.

Gauteng

Position: Senior Project Administrator (3D)              

Closing Date: 16 October 2019

Department: Project Office

Reporting Line: Head of Change and Strategic Initiatives

Location: Johannesburg, Parktown

 

Purpose of the Job

Provides project administration and coordination support to the Head of Change and the Project Office team in line with strategic initiatives and project/programme requirements. The successful incumbent will support to the Project Office team and ensure efficient execution of activities associated to the function. He/She will need to be conversant with modern project management methodologies with the ability to temporarily step into the PM role when the PM is unavailable.

 

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensuring adherence of projects to established governance frameworks
  • Coordinating with Project Managers to ensure timely reporting to Steering Committees and the Executive Committee (ExCo)
  • Enforcing financial management discipline in projects, including the purchase-to-pay process for the department and projects to ensure adherence to budget
  • Managing key forums and strategic project related meetings
  • Compiling minutes, actions, risks, issues and decisions arising from meetings and e-mails
  • Managing the execution of tasks and actions with the RAID Log & Project plans
  • Compiling and distribute project status reports
  • Stand in for project manager in project progress meetings when required

 

Formal Qualifications:

  • Matric
  • Diploma / Bachelor’s Degree related to Communications / Business Management.
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management exposure with agile and waterfall methodologies will be of great advantage

 

Experience and Knowledge:

  • A minimum of 3 - 6 years of experience as a project administrator
  • Formal knowledge of Project Management practises, e.g. PMBOK, Prince 2, Agile etc
  • Management of resources and project costs
  • Experience with data analytics and dashboards is desirable
  • Experience in Financial Services and or Insurance industry
  • Event planning experience is desirable though not mandatory

 

Communication:

  • Articulate and communicates in a logical way and structures information to meet the needs and understanding of intended audiences
  • Expresses opinions, information and key points of view clearly and assertively
  • Anticipates and responds appropriately to the needs, reactions and feedback of the audience

 

Commercial Acumen:

  • Demonstrates awareness of market trends and opportunities and keeps up to date with competitor developments impacting area of responsibility

 

Computer Literacy:

  • MS Office tools (e.g. MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, etc.)

 

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Skills:

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation)
  • Sense of urgency and be a self -starter
  • Excellent relationship building skills
  • Strong time management skills
  • Attention to detail and high levels of accuracy
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, written and presentation)
  • Able to work under pressure
  • Able to work in self-directed, fast-paced environment.
  • Able to manage multiple projects, meeting deadlines and adapting quickly to changing priorities.
  • Reliable, consistent in performance

 

Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates

Please send your applications to recruitment@pps.co.za

Gauteng

Position: Regional Manager: Advisory Services (4C)         

Closing Date: 17 October 2019

Department: Advisory Services

Reporting Line: PPS Advisory Services and Enablement

Location: Johannesburg, Parktown

 

Purpose of the Job:

The Advisory Services team is looking for an individual to effectively lead, manage and motivate the Financial Advisor teams to ensure performance targets are achieved in line with the Advisory Services and Enablement Business Strategy and PPS values and culture.

PPS Advisory Services and Enablement will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to be part of the dynamic management team of PPS Advisory Services and Enablement. We are looking for established individual with leadership experience who can operate within a fast-paced, performance-driven environment.

 

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Recruiting, coaching, developing and motivating Financial Planning teams to ensure they deliver the required member experience, quality of service and personal targets
  • Coaching and development of new Financial Planners
  • Accountable for the optimization for processes, resources and technology to assist Financial Planners in fulfilling their roles
  • Monitoring compliance, recommendations and advice rendered to clients
  • Supervision in line with FAIS requirements
  • Keeping abreast of changes in legislation, products processes and systems
  • Performance management

 

Formal Qualifications:

  • Relevant degree/diploma or Grade 12 plus 120 FAIS NQF5/6 credits qualification required
  • Regulatory examination
  • Post Graduate diploma in Financial Planning/CFP
  • Coaching/Mentoring related qualification advantageous

 

Experience and Knowledge:

  • 5 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry with a minimum of 3 years in management
  • Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the graduate professional client market    
  • Knowledge of best practices in the financial planning and Advisory Services 
  • Knowledge and understanding of sales activity and productivity management processes
  • Knowledge and understanding of the financial drivers of a sales and distribution mode with associations and industry bodies to support achievement of sales targets
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the need for consistency in advice and service delivery
  • Knowledge and understanding of sales activity and productivity management processes

 

Computer Literacy:

  • MS Office tools (e.g. MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, etc.)

 

Competencies:

  • Leadership Skills, including the ability to motivate and develop people
  • Advanced business communication skills
  • Team player with exceptional interpersonal, communication and relationship building skills
  • Confident and assertive with persuasive ability
  • Sales and client service orientation
  • Target-driven and a self-starter with an entrepreneurial mind set
  • A solid work ethic is important
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Adaptability
  • Flexibility, open mind ness and a “can do” approach
  • Technology acumen
  • Self-awareness
  • Resilient
  • Responsible and accountable

 

Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates

Please send your applications to recruitment@pps.co.za

Gauteng

Position: Intermediate Java Developer (3D)         

Closing Date:  16 October 2019

Department: IT

Reporting Line: Manager: Applications Development

Location: Johannesburg, Parktown

 

Purpose of the Job:

The Intermediate/ J2SE & J2EE Developer will be responsible for designing and implementing executable source code of high quality and maintainability, according to functional specification efficiency in alignment to PPS’s development standards. The role encompasses understanding, implementing, supporting, upgrading, training and maintaining the technology aspects that support project deliverables. This includes developing data rich applications within a Scrum development framework.

The incumbent will be required to fix defects and develop, test and release Java applications as per the defined architectural and design standards.

 

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Software Development and testing
  • Engaging in technical scoping sessions with a clear mandate of defining and agreeing the technology, design & tools
  • Responsible for producing working implementation (code) from functional / technical documents like a functional specification
  • Ensuring appropriate use of tools and applications that is in place to support the development process and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
  • Database administration & manipulation to create SQL statement, etc.
  • Unit testing
  • Integration testing of code
  • Demonstration of knowledge of best practice and project standards for coding
  • Interacting and maintaining good relationships with business stakeholders (business users, project management resources, testing and training teams)
  • Engaging leadership and take initiative around career growth, training and performance management

 

Formal Qualifications:

  • Matric
  • Oracle / Sun certification or related qualification
  • A Relevant 3-year degree or related diploma is an advantage 

 

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Minimum 3 – 5 years’ experience on Java and JEE (Servlets, JSP, EJB, REST and SOAP, JPA/Hibernate)
  • Spring Boot, Spring, JBoss / Wildfly
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience on MSSQL and Postgres DB.
  • Good understanding and experience (4 - 6 years) in using JEE application server i.e. JBoss & Tomcat
  • Worked in a multi-project environment
  • Knowledge of and exposure to SDLC / Change Control / Release Management
  • Solid understanding of versioning software ie. SVN and Git
  • 3 - 5 years’ experience with Maven
  • Experience with Event Driven Architecture
  • Experience with building Microservices

 

Strategic Orientation:

  • High standard of integrity, service excellence and a passion for the industry
  • Ability to think strategically, execute quality proposals under multiple and competing deadlines and work extra hours as needed (evenings and weekends)
  • High level of creativity, inspiration, innovation and ability to think "outside the box"
  • You will be a driven and ambitious experienced self-starter with excellent negotiation skills and business acumen. 

 

Communication:

  • Articulate and communicates in a logical way and structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the stakeholders

 

Commercial Acumen:

  • Demonstrates awareness of market trends and opportunities and keeps up to date with competitor developments impacting area of responsibility

 

Computer Literacy:

  • Good computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio/Aris, Project)
  • Java and JEE (Servlets, JSP, EJB, REST and SOAP, JPA/Hibernate)
  • Spring Boot, Spring, JBoss / Wildfly
  • MSSQL and Postgres DB.
  • Versioning software ie. SVN and Git

 

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Skills:

  • Self-motivated with ability to use own initiative, with ability to work without supervision
  • Quality Orientation
  • Analytical thinking & decision-making ability in a moderately complex environment
  • Problem solving skills (analysis and business / process solution design)
  • Interpretation of information in a clear and concise manner
  • Interpersonal communications skills and presentation skills
  • People networking and good, rapid relationship & team building.
  • Innovative
  • Troubleshooting
  • Delivery focused
  • A professional approach and conduct.
  • Strong personal characteristics, energy, drive, focus, motivation, responsibility
  • Strong aptitude for teamwork (Contributes to the team’s success)
  • Service delivery orientated (Possess sense of urgency)
  • Self-motivated with ability to work without supervision
  • Outcomes-driven

 

Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates

Please send your applications to recruitment@pps.co.za

 

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