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Manager: Risk and Compliance

Job Summary
Reference Number: 2020/02/VC95
Grade 6

Risk management is such an important element in modern-day organisations. The recently promulgated Reporting Regulations by Public Higher Education Institutions require that universities establish Risk Committees and report on its activities in the Annual Report.

The Manager: Risk & Compliance serves as a University Risk Officer and reports on deviations from risk management plans and areas that place the University at material risk, establishes and maintains an integrated and effective risk management framework where risks are identified, quantified and managed on a consistent basis. Initiates, drives, advises on and co-ordinates all risk management activities, establish compliance requirements and monitor the adherence to these requirements.

The incumbent is required to ensure that risk registers of all departments in the University are developed and aligned to the University Comprehensive Risk Register.

The incumbent will have responsibility over, compliance and risk issues within the University.

Compliance with laws, rules, codes and standards will include:

  • Advising on what laws and regulations are applicable
  • Recommending approaches on how to achieve compliance
  • Benchmarking the compliance responses to specific acts/regulations – nationally and globally.
  • Developing specific compliance databases to evidence compliance
  • Facilitating compliance risk assessment
  • Assuring effectiveness of compliance achieved
  • Proving gap analysis of compliance to specific laws and regulations
  • Facilitating the development of the strategic risk register
  • Coordinating management of insurable risk
  • Facilitating assessment of risk associated with condition of existing buildings and facilities
  • Facilitating assessment and management of risks to safety and security
  • Facilitating assessment and management of funding risk
  • Facilitating assessment of regulatory risk including government legislation based risk (e.g. Occupational Health and Safety Act, POPI Act, etc.)
  • Maintaining an effective policy and process of risk management that will enhance its ability to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Monitoring and responding appropriately to the organisation’s key risks.
  • Ensuring that risk disclosures are transparent, accurate, comprehensive, timely, and material.
  • Ensuring that the University meets the corporate governance reporting expectations of the Department of Higher Education & Training, and of King III.
  • Ensuring that risk management process is maintained and continually improved.
  • Ensuring that Council receives assurance that key risks are properly identified, assessed, mitigated and monitored.
  • Facilitating a formal evaluation of the effectiveness of the risk management system from time to time

Risk management:

  • Developing risk governance and risk management plans
  • Articulating risk appetite and tolerance
  • Linking performance and risk management
  • Developing effective risk management frameworks and methodologies
  • Facilitating risk assessment
  • Benchmarking risk mitigation activities
  • Addressing ICT risk management
  • Providing solutions on compliance risk
  • Embedding risk management into planning processes
  • Assessing effectiveness of risk management
  • Assessing current assurance providers
  • Developing a combined assurance profile and risk governance reporting framework
  • Creating a fraud risk response plan
  • Facilitating the effective development and maintenance of the Integrity hotline


  • Bachelor's degree (preferably in Commerce, Management, IT, Accounting or Law).
  • A postgraduate qualification will be an added advantage.


    • Ten (10) years relevant experience, with at least 5 years in risk and compliance management at mid-management level
    • Systems design and control training
    • Project management
    • Experience within Higher Education will be an advantage but not a prerequisite.



    • DHET space & Cost Norms.
    • DHET Macro Infrastructure Framework (MIF).
    • University policies, rules and regulations.
    • HEQSF & CESM policy.
    • Oracle Discoverer MI tool.

    • High level analytical skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Project Management Skills
    • Communication skills (written and verbal)
    • Computer literacy - Use of Microsoft office and the ITS system
    • Administrative skills
    • Critical skills

    Behaviour / Attributes
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Consistency
    • Professionalism
    • Attention to detail
    • Flexibility to learn new strategies
    • Ability to adjust to new IT systems

    CLOSING DATE: 23 February 2020

    The University reserves the right not to make an appointment in the position or level as advertised.

    To apply please log on to PNET (www.pnet.co.za) and submit your application. The University will not accept any applications directly or through any other means.

    Please note in terms of the Universities recruitment policy preference will be given to South African citizens. UNIZULU is committed to employment equity and equal opportunity. Communication will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.

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