Absa Specialist Agile Risk Data Jobs in South Africa

Absa Specialist Agile Risk Data Jobs in South Africa

Job Summary

  • To develop strategy and delivery plans, formulate associated practice/s and to ensure operational implementation and adoption i.t.o. systems architecture methodology, governance and delivery objectives.

    Job Description

    Technology & Architecture Alignment:

  • Ensure application architecture alignment within the technology solutions product area of responsibility. Coach Application development teams in the development of application solutions.

  • Ensure architecture continuity in all major application solution decisions. Review and consult around new designs to ensure architecture compliance.

  • Act as visionary and strategist for the Technology solution product area of responsibility. Survey market landscape for solution insights, direction, vendors, and methods.

  • Provide expertise to identify and translate system requirements into software design. Resolve high-level functional issues pertaining to software development within the Technology solution product area of responsibility.

  • Provide strategic guidelines to the Application Development Teams by understanding all the applications from the following perspectives such as Interoperability capability, Performance and Scalability, Reliability and Availability, Application Lifecycle stage and Technological Risks.

  • The above analysis will point out applications that need range of changes - from change in deployment strategy for fragmented applications to total replacement.

  • Support application solution developers within the Technology solution product area of responsibility in the understanding and application of published architecture standards.

  • Accurately estimate development activities and communicate deviations promptly to the Technology Management for appropriate action.

  • Participate in development planning and progress review sessions.

  • Assist in planning by analysing solution required and estimating effort required to fulfil solution.

  • Evaluate progress based on original estimation and adjust where applicable. Diagnose and resolve incidents assigned to the Technology team on the Service First System.

  • Provide weekly progress reports. (Communication is important and thus progress reviews are done on a weekly basis).

  • Carry out systems analysis, design, testing, security assessments, performance assessments and user interface support.

  • Analyse user requirements and/or identified problems and the do research in order to recommend potential solutions. Investigate, recommend and install new components, tools and/or applications as required.

  • Manage program changes to ensure the change goes through testing quality assurance and is approved by relevant forum before implementation in the Absa production environment.

  • Give input and approve where required, technical documentation created by relevant architects for all implementations.

  • Attend scheduled meetings between different divisions to ensure business changes are understood and addressed.

  • Refer all compliance and security issues to Security Architecture.

  • Review and approve test plans, tests results and relevant documentation compiled by Developers.

  • Follow change management process and procedures.

  • Comply with compliance and regulatory rules as communicated from time to time.

  • Support the line manager for the area to develop a high performing team by conducting regular operational performance discussions and assisting employees to prepare the portfolio of evidence for formal performance development discussions.

  • Coach and mentor team members on a daily basis on how to improve their own productivity and use of the bank’s processes and systems.

  • Assist with
    the establishment and maintenance of a succession plan for the team.

  • Make recommendations to the line manager on how to improve the plans and suggest how resources could be reallocated in case of excessive workload.

  • When required. Perform all other duties as reasonably assigned.

    Accountability: Application Development:

  • Developing technology applications using relevant approved technologies.

  • Create a detailed program design and implementation plan by using the Business Requirement Document (BRD), in order to assist with code development.

  • Use the detailed program design and implementation plan to develop programs to accommodate automated output according to Africa Technology standards with focus on automation, error handling and presentation of output.

  • Give input into the development of a program/application back-out plan, in order to ensure that a program can be removed from production if necessary, by investigating the dependencies between programs.

    Accountability: Stakeholder management and reporting:

  • Inform and update the manager/team lead on the status of all escalated service problems (Severity 1) or outages when they occur and until they are resolved.

  • Attend relevant project progress review sessions and provide feedback when required.

  • Attend scheduled meetings between different divisions to ensure that requests are updated and being adhered to.

    Accountability: Documentation:

  • Insert comments in the program code in order to facilitate maintenance of the applications.

  • Create documentation (e.g. maintenance guide) for all new projects and store the completed documentation in an appropriate repository (e.g. a SharePoint site or central server).

  • Update existing application documentation to reflect program changes.

    Specific Required Skills:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Informatics, Engineering or Actuarial Science (Technical/Managerial) experience

  • 8+ years in a business Intelligence environment, Analytics or data management services

  • Expert Knowledge of SQL (Structured Language Query), Analyses Services, SAS Technology

  • Experience of reporting layer tools (Qlikview, SAS Visual Analytics, Tableau, Power BI) and databases like Hadoop specifically.

  • Exposure to Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning and knowledge of Hadoop, Hive, Scala, Python or other open source data integration technologies

  • Good understanding of operating systems like UNIX, LINUX and other open source solutions.

  • Experience in data analysis, extraction and data transformation

  • Exposure to Strategic data analytics Intelligence environment and experience in data Analytics in Financial sector preferred.

  • Ability to lead a team of developers and manage their performance.


  • Bachelor`s Degrees and Advanced Diplomas: Physical, Mathematical, Computer and Life Sciences (Required)

    How to Apply

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