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Head of IT, Financial Services

Job Location

Onsite and Remote

Published By

"Nathan Smit
+27 677 332 166"

Type of Job


Published Date

January 2, 2021 at 10:00:00 PM

About the job


Stakeholder Engagement Build and manage effective / productive relationships with all relevant stakeholders to ensure necessary guidance is given to deliver appropriate solutions. Report directly to the CIO while also managing business deliverables that come from the CEO of Financial Services and the respective Heads of the Financial Services business. Represent the business vertical and its I.T. interests from an information system implementation and system support perspective.

Operations Management:

Create and deliver the functional business unit strategy and operations to ensure the alignment with the overall business strategy in order to support the execution and delivery of the Financial Services goals. Oversee the application portfolio within the business vertical from both a delivery, enhancement and support perspective while continuously driving digital transformation. Deliver agreed strategic GIT initiatives and measure and review the operational duties and ensure continuous performance within areas of responsibility.

IT Vision and Strategy:

In collaboration with their respective business stakeholders in Financial Services and the CIO, develop the GIT key strategic enablers, designing the workflow and business processes that allow new applications, products, and services to be rolled out quickly while ensuring that legacy applications and IT operations are maintained at optimal levels.

Leadership and Direction

To effectively drive communication of the GIT strategic vision and mission to all within their respective teams; 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. Direct the work of a team responsible for support and modernization of the core line of business and digital systems.

Improvement / Innovation

Take responsibility for developing and delivering continuous IT improvements in the pursuit of constant innovation that supports the specific business units overall strategy. To drive a culture of continuous improvement and innovation through inspirational leadership. Performance Management Manage and report on the performance of the function / business area; set appropriate performance objectives for direct reports and hold them accountable for achieving these; take appropriate corrective action where necessary to ensure the achievement of annual business objectives.

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.

Operational Compliance

Ensure that business activities within the area of responsibility comply with relevant external regulatory and/or voluntary codes and with internal policies and procedures to minimize business risk and to protect the reputation of the organization

Budgeting & Costing

Take responsibility for setting and managing area budgets so they align with organizational strategy.

IT Advice

Provide specialist guidance with regards to IT to senior business managers at the business unit or regional level to enable the implementation of policy, projects, and change initiatives.

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.

Computer and IT skills

Support business processes with comprehensive understanding and effective use of information systems and standard software packages and guide and train others. IBM RPG.; Azure.; AS400.; C#.; Mean Stack.; Angular.; SQL..

Strategic Action Planning and Organizing

Use comprehensive knowledge and skill and guide and train others to develop appropriate plans or perform necessary actions based on recommendations. Engage in Strategic planning and organize, prioritize and oversee activities to efficiently meet business objectives.

Presentation skills

Use comprehensive knowledge and skill to communicate with other people and guide and train others to speak in a clear, concise and compelling manner. Negotiation Use comprehensive knowledge and skill to negotiate and guide and train others on how to help the organization by obtaining consensus between two or more internal or external parties who may have different interests. Presentation creation Apply comprehensive knowledge / skill, acts with independence and guide and train others.

Data Collection and analysis

Guide and train others to analyze data trends for use in reports to help guide decision making.

Review and Reporting

Apply comprehensive knowledge and skill and guide and train others to review and create relevant, lucid and effective reports.


Use comprehensive knowledge and skill and guide and train others to achieve full compliance with applicable rules and regulations in management and/or operations.

Project Management

Provide technical guidance when required to manage projects and/or programs within desired cost, time and quality parameters.


General Experience

  • 10 or more years experience within the IT industry (Essential); Experience in application Development and DevSecOps support (Essential); Experience in a Multiplatform environment (Advantageous); Financial Services experience (Advantageous); Relevant exposure to multiple development languages and best practice implementations (RPG, C# .Net framework, MEAN Stack) (Advantageous)

Managerial Experience

  • 5 to 8 years experience in planning, managing and organizing resources within short / medium timescales (Essential); Proven success managing a team of IT professionals in a fast paced, demanding environment (Essential)


R1,400,000 p/a excluding bonuses and incentives 

About us

Deka Minas is the world's first subscription based professional services company. Our main lines of business are Human Capital Advisory and Recruitment Services in Sub-Saharan Arica, The Middle East and Southeast Asia.


Sandton, South Africa

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