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Specialist - Data Analytics

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A leading insurer in Corporate is looking to employ a Specialist - Data Analytics to execute the internal audit methodology and a risk based audit approach when performing start to end internal audit duties across all internal, partner, broker, administrator, binder and underwriting relationships and functions both nationally and internationally with a high focus on data analytics.




  • Build rapport with process owners and stakeholders
  • Build mutually beneficial relationships with stakeholders
  • Apply your mind to continuous improvement possibilities
  • Establishes a clear set of standards for others to work within and provide the necessary guidance
  • Practice effective communication skills


  • Manage time in line with the allocated budget and communicate any potential delays or overruns
  • Identify and communicate overruns and inefficiencies
  • Identify, monitor and communicate overruns and inefficiencies


  • Conduct audits in accordance with approved Internal Audit methodology
  • Manage client interaction for allocated areas of scope Attend audit team kick-off and close-out meetings
  • Attend audit team kick-off and close-out meetings
  • Prepare process analysis documentation (medium complexity processes)
  • Prepare the data analytics audit program that is aligned to the Risk and Control Matrix (RCM) of the audit (high complexity processes)
  • Conduct data analytics fieldwork using relevant tools including ACL and SQL
  • Develop data analytics scripts for continuous monitoring purposes
  • Draft business understanding documents and related flow charts of allocated scope area for manager review
  • Conduct fieldwork and testing to the required standard
  • Develop and utilise a sound understanding of business processes, risks and controls including relevant regulatory and accounting issues
  • Identification of process, information and control gaps and seek additional information if necessary
  • Ensure that information generated is accurate, valid and comprehensive prior to review and/or reporting
  • Documenting findings and discussion with client in terms of factual correctness – asks for support where necessary
  • Draft and discuss own findings for inclusion in audit reports
  • Take responsibility to clear and finalise all own reported findings or reporting points
  • Review own working papers for quality and completeness before sending to Manager for review
  • Ensure all review queries are cleared within reasonable timeframe (expectation 48 hours)
  • Focus on problem solving or high-risk areas during the audit
  • Communicate any delays or difficulties experienced for corrective action
  • Track audit process status for allocated section and effectively communicate any anticipated challenges, delays, etc.
  • Communicates knowledge gained throughout the audit engagement and/or otherwise with the team members
  • Follow-up and update internal audit findings tracking document


  • Attend scheduled training
  • Take responsibility for own career and performance management
  • Contribute to training ideas and/or potential training deficiencies
  • Contribute to the social committee and attend social activities
  • Participate in the on boarding of new team members (specialist level)



  • BCom/BSc IT degree
  • Data or IT Audit related certifications (would be an advantage)

Required Experience (relevant or in a similar role)

  • 2-3 years related audit experience, of which a minimum of 2 years in data analytics

Required Knowledge and Skills


  • Risk based auditing methodology
  • Corporate governance (e.g. King III; Companies Act; etc.)
  • IIA standards
  • General business and financial understanding
  • Insurance knowledge – understand processes, risks and controls (an advantage)
  • Understanding of IT, data and privacy related legislation and regulation


  • Stakeholder management
  • Conflict management
  • Resourcing
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills (business acumen)
  • Risk management
  • Process optimisation and workflow analysis
  • Report writing
  • Audit Planning
  • Project management
  • Deductive reasoning
  • Documentation skills
  • Time management
  • Root cause analysis
  • Basic programming and ability to interpret source code
  • Technical audit: audit standards, methodology and risk-based approach


Core Competencies:

  • Resilience
  • Drive and autonomy
  • Collaboration and knowledge transfer
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving
  • Numerical and quantitative
  • Implementing and executing (completing)
  • Continuous self-improvement and learning
  • Agility and multi-tasking

Technical Competencies:

  • Excel (Advanced)
  • Ability to perform analytics using tools such as IDEA and ACL (Advanced)
  • Ability to script using analytical tools such as IDEA, ACL, etc. (Intermediate)
  • SQL queries (intermediate)
  • Continuous Monitoring
  • Database structures (intermediate)
  • BI architecture, data models and data flows (basic)
  • Robotics (an advantage)

Kindly note, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of your application please consider it unsuccessful.

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Geographic Location

Gauteng - JHB North