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Driving Africa’s growth is about realising her potential. Where others may see problems, we see opportunities; opportunities that can be unlocked through an entrepreneurial mindset, collaboration, and commercially viable innovative solutions that are scaled for impact.

We achieve this through robust processes that are essential to the development of new business models and by being curious, disciplined and persistent problem solvers.  We do not believe in ‘failing fast’ but rather in learning fast and succeeding faster.

Innovation is not new to the bank. Our approach as Group Innovation is to provide the bank with the required guidance to foster innovative mindsets and the discipline to ideate and scale breakthrough and disruptive business solutions.  We provide the capabilities and expertise to co-create with the rest of the bank and collaborate with strategic partnerships to achieve this goal.

OUR DEPARTMENT AREAS
Innovation Domain

The Innovation domain fosters innovation across the organisation by providing leading practice and innovation frameworks for teams to adopt and leverage; and galvanises innovators through idea harvesting and storytelling. The area maintains a venture capital mindset in the sourcing of breakthrough and disruptive innovation in the creation of new business models across business lines and countries.

Rise, grow and win with us in the following areas:

  • Innovation Domain Practice Management
  • Venture Board Capital Management
  • Strategic Partnerships: Big Techs
  • Storytelling
  • Idea Harvesting
Ecosystems Domain

The Ecosystems domain ensures a collaborative approach towards the bank’s prioritised ecosystems with strategic partnerships. The domain then creates common ecosystem approaches and discipline across the Group and provides execution support through toolkits and frameworks.

Use Cases within the prioritised ecosystems include for example,

  • Trader Ecosystem which focuses on supporting the growth of SMEs by providing micro-enterprises and informal businesses with services that suit their needs.
  • Agriculture Ecosystem’s OneFarm Share which forms part of the OneFarm platform, a digital business-to-business platform to connect and provide services across the agricultural ecosystem.

 

Innovation Disruption

Innovation Disruption’s purpose is to build and scale new disruptive business solutions and platform businesses across Africa, creating new revenues, identifying new clients, in new markets and increasing value to the Group.

Rise, grow and win with us in the following areas:

  • Innovation Disruption
Innovation as a Service

Innovation as a Service (INaaS) is an accelerator that amplifies and enables the creation of new business models by providing an integrated service at key points along the innovation funnel (ideate, incubate, industrialise, scale).  The area provides leadership and expertise in the form of specialised centres of excellence such as Blockchain and Next Gen Chat.

Rise, grow and win with us in the following areas:

  • Blockchain
  • Innovation Technology Solutions
  • Machine Learning
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Next Gen Chat
  • Customer Discovery
Strategic Investments and Alliances

Strategic Investments and Alliances domain facilitates partnerships across a global network of venture capitalists, Financial Technology (FinTech) and accelerator firms to augment and accelerate our solutions, in conjunction with business lines. In some cases, this includes deal execution to facilitate strategic equity partnerships 

Rise, grow and win with us in the following areas:

  • Strategic Investment & Alliance Management
  • Strategic Investment Analysis
  • Strategic Partnerships: FinTechs

Personal employee benefits designed with you in mind

When you join us, you’ll enjoy benefits designed to help you achieve your ambitions inside work and out, both now and in the future. The exact benefits you receive will depend on the country you join us in, but can include the following:
Taking care of yourself

We don’t always know where life will take us, so we’ve put together a range of benefits tailored specifically to help you take care of yourself and those you love.

  • Wellness programmes
  • Counselling and advisory services
  • Life, personal accident, incapacity and funeral cover
  • Permanent Health Insurance (PHI) cover
  • Discounted rates for voluntary benefits such as spouse life cover, dread disease cover, funeral cover for parents and/or parents-in-law and medical aid gap cover
Managing your finances

We all have dreams and goals in life – so we have several ways to help make them more accessible to you, with significant savings.

  • Retirement funding
  • Discounted banking products
  • Transactional and investment banking products
  • Home loans and vehicle finance at preferential rates
  • Access to credit
  • Assistance with insurance and wills
  • Online share trading
  • Rewards
Rewards and recognition

We believe in recognising the hard work and positive approach of our people – so we have three formal recognition programmes.

  • Beyond Excellence
  • Mark of Excellence
  • Long service awards
A healthy balance

Your life outside work is important, so we have a leave structure which gives you plenty of time to relax, thrive and be the best you. The exact leave benefits you receive will depend on the country you join us in, but can include the following:

  • Vacation leave
  • Additional vacation leave
  • Study leave
  • Parental leave
  • Compassionate/family responsibility leave
  • Special discretionary leave
  • Sabbatical leave
  • Sick leave
  • Short-term incapacity leave
  • Recognition leave
  • Optional unpaid leave
Please note: We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to benefits. Instead, we believe in taking a more personal approach to giving our people what they need. That’s why our benefits package can look a little different, depending on where you’re based.
Talent acquisition journey

We believe in making dreams possible and connecting the brightest talent to the meaningful opportunities they need to build their skills, ignite their ambitions, and get closer to their purpose.

Apply online

You’ll discover amazing career opportunities on our website. So, start exploring. You can create a profile or log in with your existing details if you’ve already got one. There, you can complete the online application form and submit it, with the supporting documents we’ve requested.

Selection process

  • Shortlist: Our Talent Acquisition Specialist and relevant Hiring Manager review all applications and make a shortlist of the most suitable candidates.
  • Competency- based interview: If you’re shortlisted, we’ll invite you to take part in a competency-based interview.
  • Assessments: If you’re successful in with the interview, you’ll move on to the assessments. Depending on the role you’re applying for, you might be asked to undertake a case-study exercise, technical test, and psychometric assessment, as well as any other role-specific assessment.
  • Panel- interview: Then you’ll proceed to final interview stage, where you’ll meet an interview panel and get to ask further questions.

Pre-employment screening

If you have been successful in the selection process, our Talent Acquisition team will get in touch to get your consent for our pre-employment screening which includes the following:
 

  • Identity and educational qualification verification
  • Credit record and criminal record
  • Outside Business Interest Declaration and Personnel Account Trading Declaration
  • Sanctions screening and confirmation of current employment.

Offer

If we’re happy with your pre-employment screening, one of our Talent Acquisition Specialists will prepare your employment contract and send you an offer letter, detailing everything you’ll need to know about your new role.

Onboarding

Even before you begin working with us, we want you to think of Standard Bank Group as your home. So, before you join, we'll get you off to a flying start with our onboarding experience.