Hippo: Software Development Manager

Company Hippo
Reference # DM-GIT13/10/20
Published 16/10/2020
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Gauteng Area, Gauteng, South Africa
Introduction
Launched in 2007, Hippo.co.za is South Africa’s first comparison website and compares insurance and other personal finance products from a range of South African brands. Before Hippo.co.za, consumers had to call around for hours trying to find the cheapest quote to suit their needs.
Job Functions Information Technology,Management
Industries Insurance
Specification
Manage and prioritize IT Systems Development tasks through the effective deployment of resources and efficient workload allocation. Lead a team of system developers to drive innovation and ensuring that Business IT Systems requirements are sufficiently developed and adhered to.

Application Software Roadmap
Define and maintain a road map to facilitate application software development and ensure the development work is prioritized in line with business requirements.

Solutions Analysis
Develop innovative solutions by integrating and analyzing complex and diverse information sources.

Stakeholder Engagement
Build and effectively maintain relationships with relevant business and IT representatives on an on-going basis. Identify and manage stakeholders up to management level, finding out their needs/issues/concerns and reacting to these by leading and coordinating the
development of stakeholder engagement plans to support the communication of business information and decisions.

Leadership and Direction
Communicate the actions needed to implement the function’s strategy and business plan within the team; explain the relationship to the broader organization’s mission, vision and values; motivate people to commit to these and to doing extraordinary things to achieve local business goals.

Strategy Formation & Implementation
Develop tactical plans for optimizing resources and assets being managed within a given area or department.

Performance Management
Manage and report on the performance of a substantial, diverse team; set appropriate performance objectives for direct reports or project / account team members and hold them accountable for achieving these; take appropriate corrective action where necessary to ensure the achievement of team / personal objectives.

Data Collection & Analysis
Conduct research using primary data sources and select information needed for the analysis of key themes and trends.

Insights and Reporting
Contribute to the design and creation of reporting strategies and templates. Lead execution of complex reports, identifying and interpreting complex patterns and trends, and translating those insights into actionable recommendations.

Organizational Capability Building
Evaluate the capabilities of staff within the department to identify gaps and prioritize development activities. Implement the organization’s formal development frameworks within the area of responsibility. Coach and mentor others to support the development of the organization’s talent pool.

Project, Program and Portfolio Management
Plan and manage the delivery of projects within an area of professional expertise, using an appropriate project management methodology to give assurance that intended outcomes are achieved.

Application Software Development
Develop existing applications and contribute to development of new applications by analyzing and identifying areas for modification and improvement. Develop new routine applications to meet customer requirements.

Personal Capability Building
Develop own capabilities by participating in assessment and development planning activities as well as formal and informal training and coaching; gain or maintain external professional accreditation where relevant to improve performance and fulfill personal potential. Maintain an in-depth understanding of technology, external regulation, and industry best practices through ongoing education, attending conferences, and reading specialist media.

Operational Compliance
Monitor and review performance and behaviors within area of responsibility to identify and resolve non-compliance with the organization’s policies and relevant regulatory codes and codes of conduct.

Information Security
Implement and provide input on the design of required security measures such as firewalls or message encryption, monitoring performance to notify security experts of any problems.

Requirements
General Education
Grade 12 / SAQA Accredited (Essential)
Recognized IT degree / diploma (Advantageous)

General Experience
6 or more years adequate System Development experience using the relevant programming, language or technologies (Essential); Previous experience in Financial Insurance industry (Advantageous)

Managerial Experience
3 – 6 years experience of planning and managing resources to deliver predetermined objectives as specified by more senior managers (Essential)

*SAQA Accredited Equivalent* – It is the onus of the applicant to provide Hippo and its subsidiaries with certified evidence that their qualification(s) meet the equivalent NQF level required for this role at time of application.

Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA)** competency requirements: FAIS recognized qualifications / Regulatory Examinations / Class of Business Certification and / or CPD according to your DOFA (where applicable) – As a registered Financial Service Provider, we are mandated to ensure that all our representatives are always and remain fit and proper at all times. By applying for this role, you consent to having your relevant qualification and or accreditation or confirm that you are working towards meeting the competency requirements. You further consent to the relevant information being verified.

Employment Equity

The Company’s approved Employment Equity Plan and Targets will be considered as part of the recruitment process. As an Equal Opportunities employer, we actively encourage and welcome people with various disabilities to apply. Hippo is committed to an organizational culture that recognizes, appreciates and values diversity & inclusion.

Internal Applications: This role is graded at C-Lower. Should you apply and you are currently employed at a higher grade and are found successful, your total reward package may be impacted.

Should you not hear from our team in 30 days, kindly consider your application unsuccessful.

Job Closing Date 20/10/2020

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