21 Feb 2024

Branch Manager at Absa

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Job Description


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.

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Job Summary

To drive and deliver exceptional retail business performance, through the provision of efficient business management, powerful leadership, team development and achievement of operational rigor excellence in branches with up to 50 staff members or branches with single customer categories:

• To drive implementation of business and service strategies to deliver Retail and Business Banking performance and growth targets in the branch.
• Provide powerful leadership in the branch to ensure the delivery of the business plans by establishing a high performance culture amongst the branch team.
• Achieve operational rigor excellence and maintenance of a healthy business environment through strict adherence to operations and compliance policies and guidelines

Job Description

Main accountabilities and approximate time split

Accountability
Time split 40%

Driving Business Performance

Implement business strategies to deliver performance and growth as communicated by the Head of Customer Network.
Drive branch performance against key performance standards as communicated and agreed with the Head of Customer Network in areas including:
balance sheet growth,
sales growth and income contribution,
cost performance,
credit management,
employee satisfaction,
customer experience,
operational risk and control rigor management
Provide clear direction to branch staff on the Retail and Business Banking business objectives, translating and prioritizing into business performance measures at branch level.
Establish relationships with key clients or business influencers in the local area, including client visits, and complete call reports for every customer visit and this should be filed for snap checks.
Monitor daily branch sales performance ensuring sales and portfolio growth targets are achieved
Understand the local business drivers and issues that have an impact on branch performance.
Identify business improvement opportunities and make appropriate recommendations to the Head of Customer Network service initiatives, improvement for existing products and processes, opening or closure of branches

Accountability
Time split 30%
People Management and Development

Develop and communicate an annual plan to optimize the resources (Financial, human and physical) as agreed with the Head of Customer Network.
Prepare a resource and capacity plan for the branch to be incorporated in the annual plan for the Network.
Build and develop a high performing team, through embedding performance management and coaching. Discuss and finalize performance management plans and ratings for the branch team.
Maximize performance of the branch team members by identifying and developing their training needs, and ensure coaching or delivery of training takes place.
Drive employee development and engagement within the branch teams that results in a high performance climate and culture
Conduct effective performance management for direct reports
Monitor and ensure that all Branch Key Performance Indicators are achieved
Share knowledge experience and best practice with branch team members.
Create an empowering environment for direct reports, encouraging individual ownership and initiative and ensure they do the same for all their staff.
Effective resource management/planning that reflects current and future business requirements, ensuring that the correct balance of numbers, skills and experience, by playing an active role in recruitment and exits of direct reports.
Initiate HR processes for direct reports when required e.g. disciplinary process, leave management, learning and development, talent identification etc in consultation with HR
Acts as escalation point for grievance cases within the branch
Pursue own development to increase personal effectiveness, acknowledging strengths and areas for development

Accountability
Time split 15%

Compliance Management

Ensure the branch operates in a compliant manner and adheres to relevant company and regulatory requirements to achieve satisfactory grades in local & Group Audits
Monitor branch operations and control performance to ensure that branch standards are met and where required review branch remediation action plans with the Head of Customer Network
Report all incidents within the branch in line with the bank’s incident reporting procedures
Sign off all budgeted branch expenses and seek Head of Customer Network approval as necessary.
Signoff all dormant accounts and seek Head of Customer Network approval as necessary.
Hold cost center for network related non-branch expenses such as disturbance allowances, transportation costs etc. responsible for managing costs within budgets for these items.
Accountability
Time split 15%

Customer Service Management

Understand and articulate aggregated feedback at branch level to shape the customer proposition and product offering.
Ensure high quality, knowledgeable service levels in branches to exceed customer expectations.
Build a motivated, committed and focused Branch teams, consistently delivering creative, precise and customer-focused service
Ensure branch service excellence through continuous monitoring of service scores, discuss, and agree resolution plans with Head of Customer Network.
Ensure all customer contact points in the branch, including equipment (PC’s, printers, notes counters, ATM’s, etc.) are of the highest service standard. ATM uptime has to be kept within 95% and any issues raised to the Channel Manager at head office.

Risk and Control Objective

Manage risk and control effectively by applying applicable risk frameworks and embedding a positive risk culture

Understanding of own role in the end-to-end processes in which you play a part, including applicable risks and controls.
Adhere to Absa’s policies and procedures applicable to own role, demonstrating sound judgment and responsible risk management.
Report all risk events / incidents / issues using the defined process for your business area and help to understand why these happened and how to prevent them in future.
Proactively look for ways to improve the control environment by considering what could go wrong in the processes you operate and how errors could be prevented.
Continuous and proactive engagement with regulatory bodies, unions where applicable
All mandatory training completed to deadline All mandatory training completed to deadline
Technical skills / Competencies

Leadership, people management, coaching and team building skills
Strong communication and Presentation
Excellent relationship building skills – both with internal stakeholders and clients
Good networking skills, both for internal and external network
Strong problem solving skills coupled with decision making ability
Business Acumen/Business Awareness
Credit appraisal skills
Credit Risk Management
Driving Customer Experience
Operational Risk Management
Stakeholder Engagement
External market awareness
Commercial Effectiveness
Strong negotiation and influencing skills
Performance Management
Resource Management and planning.
Cultural and Change Management

PC skills

Knowledge, Expertise and Experience

Essential

University degree in a relevant discipline or relevant experience to compensate, post graduate qualifications will be an added advantage
At least 5 Banking / Financial Services experience out of which at least 3 years in branch management with good track record of performance
Business understanding and management experience of Retail / Consumer and Business Segments
Working knowledge of Branch Operations and Controls
Demonstrable experience in Customer Service management including complaint management / resolution
Hands on experience of sales management including leading Direct Sales teams
People management experience of big teams
In-depth knowledge of banking products, strategies and structures in Retail,
Detailed working knowledge of operational and credit risk policies and procedures for both Retail and Business Banking segments
Good working knowledge of people policies and procedures
Thorough understanding of the banking industry practices and regulations
Well informed on general economic, political and business environment.
Up to date knowledge of competitor and market activity in local area
In-depth understanding of core banking operating IT systems e.g. Flexicube

Absa Values

Approvals

Absa’s Values and Behaviors represent the set of standards which governs the actions of all of us who work for the bank and against which the performance of every one of us in Absa are being assessed and rewarded:

Trust
Resourceful
Stewardship
Inclusive
Courage

Education

Bachelor`s Degrees and Advanced Diplomas: Business, Commerce and Management Studies (Required)

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Closing Date : 4th March, 2024.







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