DevOps Engineer – ABSA Bank

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With over 100 years of rich history and strongly positioned as a local bank with regional and international expertise, a career with our family offers the opportunity to be part of this exciting growth journey, to reset our future and shape our destiny as a proudly African group.


Job Summary

-To develop and maintain application programs using a specified programming languages.
– Full stake development capabilities for both front end and back end.


Job Description

The DevOps Engineer (DE) has complete ownership of local service delivery and strategic technically planning to support the vision of Banking solutions team.  Will be directly accountable individually for the entire life cycle of the multiple solutions under his/her responsibility, guaranteeing accuracy, quality and time line accomplishment. 

  • Must be open-minded, passionate and the way you work energizes others.
  • Must be committed to the timely delivery of a job well done.

Key Accountabilities

Accountability: Drive strategy                                   Time Split: 40%

Outputs to deliver this accountability:

  • Responsible for local service delivery and strategic technically planning to support the vision of Banking solutions and innovations team
  • Develop and design systems architecture, defining standards and protocols for data exchange, communications, software and interconnection for information systems.
  • Responsible for the governance of the SOA architecture
  • Manage multiple projects and associate project managers.
  • Partner with the organization to understand organization and departmental strategy and agree information systems solutions to meet needs.
  • Lead in designing, specifying and selecting information system solutions, considering functionality, data, security, integration, infrastructure and performance.
  • -Lead the organization in exploiting technology & use knowledge of Tech solutions to drive organizational change and support business process design.
  • -Manage trade-offs between speed to market, quality and financial impact.

Accountability: Manage risk and Compliance        Time Split: 15%

Outputs to deliver this accountability:

  • Together with Risk and Compliance team, review the key risk and compliance challenges identified in the area and the key areas of concern/surveillance.
  • Together with the Risk and Compliance team implement measures to address notable risks and regulatory challenges.
  • Implement measures to review the risk and compliance performance of the unit/function on a regular basis and take corrective action.
  • Complete all relevant Management Assurance or Risk reports and attestations as required.
  • Ensure that processes, control requirements and risk management frameworks that impact the area are documented and understood by all members of the team.
  • Work with Absa Internal Audit and Management Assurance during the scoping of audits to ensure fair coverage.
  • Own and agree corrective action items with Internal Audit and Management Assurance for findings related to the functional area under management.
  • Arrange issue assurance for closed audit findings.
  • Complete required compliance and SOX attestations and ensure that impacted team members complete their attestations.
  • Ensure that the team understands all compliance requirements and call for the area’s

Accountability: Drive Service                            Time Split: 25%

Outputs to deliver this accountability:

  • Increase revenue potential for the business by effectively managing service levels of critical applications
  • Minimize time-to-resolution (TTR) of business service disruptions through fast real-time root cause analysis of solutions deployed.
  • Minimize cost of IT infrastructure through optimizing delivery and performance of business services.
  • Implement actions resulting from formalised service reviews (including questionnaires, production reporting, loss event reporting, etc).
  • Continuously monitor service levels and implement tactical measures to improve customer satisfaction.
  • Build and maintain effective stakeholder relationships within the Bank to understand the business needs and changes in customer needs.
  • Participate in Bank wide forums and governance structures as required or directed.
  • Work of the Head of Solutions to communicate and track the achievement of Service levels (documented in Service Level Agreements) on an on-going basis and take corrective action as required on all solutions deployed.
  • Manage the operational teams to ensure they deliver reliable services.

Accountability: Manage resources                           Time Split: 20%

Outputs to deliver this accountability:

  • Adhere to sound financial and governance controls to support sound resource management and financial control within the unit.
  • Ensure adherence to all required compliance requirements, financial policies and supply chain policies within the bank.

Role / Person Specification

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelors and Computer Science or related field (System Engineer, IS Engineer, Information Systems Engineer, IT Engineer, Network Systems Engineer)
  • MBA or business related additional certificate would be an advantage
  • Postgraduate and/or courses in Software Architecture will be an advantage
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working in the Telco/Banking industry
  • Understanding of project management principles.
  • Minimum 2 years hands on experience in  project Management
  • Understanding of banking processes and systems.

Knowledge & Skills: (Maximum of 6)

  • Strong technical understanding of SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)
  • Expert Level in UML ,DevOps and Agile development, continuous integration tools
  • Strong technical understanding of Enterprise and cloud development. (.Net technology Preferable)
  • Strong knowledge and solid experience in open
  • Expert Level  experience in Banking / MFS core platforms
  • Knowledge in developing and maintaining ITIL policies and procedures/ISO 20K & ISO 27K
  • Experience in Targeted sales /MI.
  • Excellent Communication skills.

Competencies:  (Maximum of 8 competencies)

  • Management and leadership
  • Exceptional service and results orientation.
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Ability to work under pressure and time constraints
  • Excellent self-organization and self-direction in performance of tasks, including time management skills
  • Ability to set and manage priorities
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of all technological advances is crucial

Mental & Environmental Demands

(RSA Specific)

Special work requirements:

  • Effective coordination is required with compliance and legal unit for relevant regulatory updates.
  • Must be able to handle pressures and setbacks and high levels of stress.




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


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