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We at PPS are proud of our unique and unmatched business model of “mutuality” in South Africa. Our financial strength and exceptional growth trends inspire a sense of confidence in PPS. Social responsibility is a fundamental part of who we are, and we are recognised as a company of value, integrity and repute. We are committed to transformation and believe in celebrating our dynamic and diverse workforce.​

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 Cloud Engineer (4S1)                                                                                        

Closing Date: 30 July 2021

Division: IT

Reporting Line:  Senior Manager: IT Operations

Location: Johannesburg, Parktown

 

Purpose of the Job:

This role will focus on administering, designing and manging cloud platforms (Azure and Google Cloud Platform) and virtualized environment (VMware). The role will also focus on the overall project technical and architecture design, cost effectiveness, quality of solution, knowledge transfer, and mentoring of the project technical team members.

 

Scope:

This role will focus on designing, administration and manging cloud platforms (GCP and Azure).

 

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the organisation’s cloud computing strategy
  • Planning, designing, development, management, maintenance and support of an application on Cloud
  • Responsible for monitoring the consumption of cloud resources, request fulfilment turnaround, application performance, and systems security posture
  • Contributing to and supporting the corporate Enterprise Cloud strategy, standards and best practices associated with all aspects Cloud offerings
  • Participating in deep architectural discussions to ensure solutions are designed for successful deployment, security, cost effectiveness and high availability in the cloud
  • Providing expert level design and engineering support towards the successful delivery of IT’s cloud project portfolio
  • Contributing towards continuous service improvement activities related to the delivery of cloud services
  • Designing, implementing, and testing disaster recovery and business continuity architecture
  • Ensuring that all infrastructure components meet proper performance and capacity standards
  • Analysing in-house systems for potential migration to the cloud
  • Managing a mix of cloud environments, i.e., public, private and hybrid cloud solutions
  • Collaborating with the Engineering teams to enable their applications to run on cloud infrastructure
  • Responsible for debugging technical issues inside a complex stack involving virtualization, containers, microservices, etc
  • Gathering system requirements working together with application architects and owners
  • Understanding key cyber security concepts and their impact on serverless resources
  • Staying well-informed of failures and complications related to a cloud offering

 

Formal Qualifications:

  • Matric (Grade 12)
  • Microsoft MCSE certification
  • ITIL V3 Foundation
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert (required)
  • BCom / BTech / BSC or relevant years’ experience (beneficial)
  • GCP: Professional Cloud Architect (beneficial)
  • RedHat/ Linux Certifications

 

Experience:

  • 5 years’ previous experience in IT Operations focusing in IT Infrastructure
  • 3 years’ previous experience with Microsoft Azure Infrastructure, Monitoring, Application Insights and Reporting, Azure PowerShell
  • 5 years’ previous experience with Microsoft Active Directory
  • 3 years’ previous Experience with O365 and SharePoint
  • Previous exposure and understanding of working with firewalls
  • Identity and Authentication, SSO/Federation, AD/Azure AD
  • 5 years’ experience in IT platform, storage, networking, and virtualisation engineering
  • Experience in architecting and implementing cloud-based solutions with robust Business Continuity and Disaster Recover requirements
  • 4 years’ practical experience designing, building, and automating solutions utilizing Azure
  • 5 years’ previous experience in administration of Windows and Linux Servers
  • 4 years’ previous experience working in VMware/ Hyper-V environment

 

Knowledge:

  • ITIL Service Management Experience
  • Experience in IT Infrastructure Platforms
  • Proven knowledge of general business principles and practices, including financial and people management
  • Service Delivery and support
  • Incident and change management
  • Process Management
  • Project Management
  • Operations Management
  • Possess a strong understanding of SDLC principles and processes

 

Computer Literacy:

  • Proficient in all aspects of using a computer

 

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Skills:

  • Customer focus
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Planning and organising
  • Problem Solving, results focus and initiative
  • Ability to steer team through change and challenges
  • Ability to collaborate
  • Conflict resolution
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Work load management
  • Able to operate with minimal supervision
  • Able to manage time effectively, set priorities appropriately, schedule calls
  • Able to maintain professional demeanour under stress
  • Able to operate within customer standard operating procedures
  • Ability to succeed in a fast-paced, high demand environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates strong customer service awareness and orientation
  • Exemplifies leadership characteristics in support of client’s corporate objectives
  • Executive presence - ability to communicate effectively with levels of Senior Management Customer and Stakeholder Management

Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates

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

Gauteng

Position: Graduate Advisor (3A)                                                                                                   

Closing Date: 30 July 2021

Division: Graduate Division

Reporting Line: Graduate Sales Manager

Location: Centurion

 

Purpose of the Job:

This is a three-year internship position and is designed to be used as a springboard to launch a young graduate professional’s career in the financial industry. The successful candidate must have the desire and long-term vision to build a professional practice for professionals by marketing risk and investment products from a well-established platform. Because this period is recognised as the building period, the intern will have to be target-orientated and motivated by incentive remuneration, as the package is incentivised and linked to sales targets.

 

The Graduate Advisor will be responsible for prospecting and building a client base within the young professional student base.

 

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Have a very focused approach towards becoming a professional Financial Planner
  • Hosting financial workshops for students and young professionals
  • Educating existing clients on sound financial principles
  • Guiding students and young professionals to make the correct financial choices from the start
  • Liaising with a PPS Marketing Specialist on all marketing activities and workshops on campus
  • Making appointments with existing PPS student members to discuss the PPS student product range and benefits 
  • Building a client base by selling the PPS student product range to PPS student members
  • Adhering to the regulatory and compliance process of the financial industry
  • Staying up to date and excelling in terms of qualifications and knowledge of the financial industry
  • Must be willing to be mentored and trained by experienced managers in this newly developed model

 

Formal Qualifications:

  • Matric (Grade 12)
  • A relevant B degree or equivalent qualification
  • CFP would be advantageous

 

Experience and Knowledge:

  • Insurance industry related knowledge and experience would be advantageous
  • Knowledge of the PPS product range and PPS membership would be an advantage

 

Computer Literacy:

  • Computer Literate (MS Office Package) 

 

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Skills:

  • Able to relate to customers within a diverse market
  • Customer focused 
  • Good verbal and written communication skills       
  • Good presentation skills
  • Results-driven
  • Quality-orientated                       
  • Reliable                                         
  • Resilient

Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates

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

Gauteng

Position: Financial Advisors (3D)     

Closing Date: 30 July 2021                                                                              

Business Unit: Advisory Services and Enablement

Reporting Line: Regional Manager

Location: Johannesburg and Durban

 

Purpose of the Job:

An exciting career opportunity has become available for a Financial Advisor in the PPS Financial Advisory department. The key purpose of this role is to provide professional financial services to a client or a member. The successful candidate will be responsible for sourcing, retaining and growing a membership and client base for eligible professionals by implementing PPS financial solutions in line with the client’s needs. The individual must have a valid driver’s license and their own reliable vehicle. The role is based in Johannesburg.

 

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Providing suitable advice to best fit the needs and requirements of professionals
  • Preparing and presenting proposals to existing and potential clients using state-of-the-art financial planning tools
  • Meeting clients to understand their financial objectives
  • Explaining complex information relating to Financial Advisory in a clear and effortless way
  • Managing, maintaining and building new and existing client relationships
  • Growing a client book within the first 24 months and consistently thereafter
  • Adhering to compliance, operational procedures and practice management standards
  • Staying abreast of product information, performance and industry changes
  • Building a professional network and suitable business within the professional market

 

Formal Qualifications:

  • Matric
  • Relevant commercial/financial tertiary qualification (NQF 7)
  • RE 5
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning advantageous
  • CFP advantageous
  • Successful completion of supervisory process

 

Experience and Knowledge:

  • 2 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry in a Sales role within the risk and investment spaces
  • Knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of the professional client market
  • Experience and track record in high-performance sales environments
  • Knowledge of best practice in Financial Planning and Financial Advisory Services
  • Knowledge and understanding of financial planning through meaningful client engagements

 

Computer Literacy:

  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Experience using a CRM system preferable
  • Experience using financial planning software

 

Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Skills:

  • Strong sales, interpersonal and business-orientated person with the acumen to build client relationships
  • A passion for the financial planning environment
  • Relationship management and networking skills
  • Able to plan and manage time effectively
  • Analytical and numerical skills with the ability to analyse and interpret statistical information
  • Impeccable work ethic
  • Able to work independently
  • Strong communication
  • High attention to detail
  • Team-orientated
  • Self-motivated and highly driven
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Resilience and Tenacity
  • Emotional Intelligence

 

Preference will be given to Employment Equity candidates

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

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PPS offers tailor-made insurance, investment and healthcare solutions exclusively for graduate professionals with an honours level*/equivalent or higher qualification, from a public institution or certain listed private institutions.

*Honours level equivalent qualification includes certain BTechs, 3 year undergraduate degrees or diplomas plus a postgraduate qualification or professional designation.
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