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Alternative Investments Academy

Are you passionate about the markets?     Do you enjoy dealing with risk?    Are you entrepreneurial?

This is a unique opportunity from Sanlam Investments for exceptional individuals to develop and hone their skills.

We have a range of businesses with different offerings, which present various opportunities that may be of interest to you. Successfully make it past our rigorous selection process, and our Investments Graduate Programme could be your best chance of becoming an entrepreneur, or launching your investments career.

Our hedge fund graduate programme, launched last year, remains a pillar of the Investments Graduate Programme – while this year additional roles within other investment businesses will also be available.

Programme information

Starting date: 1 February 2016
Closing date for applications: 4 August 2015
Applicants: Only Honours and Masters students graduating end 2015​
Address: 55 Willie van Schoor Avenue, Bellville, 7530​

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Underpinned by the ethos of being Wealthsmiths™ and our promise to do things very, very well, our recently launched advertising campaign uses the famous story of the “Rumble in the Jungle” to powerfully express our investment philosophy that is consciously cautious and – when the time is right – strategically bold.

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Programme design

Fund of Hedge Funds: Blue Ink Investments

Manager research
Risk management
Client services

Hedge Fund: Alternative Solutions

Paper trading
Building model portfolios/strategies

All candidates appointed will be assigned a mentor and soft skills training will also be included.

Measurement criteria

Core measurement:

If candidates do not meet these requirements they will not continue on the programme

  • CFA I June 2015
  • Performance track record

Other measurement criteria

  • Completion of the AIA Learnership Programme
  • CFA II
  • Completed projects
  • Presentations

If the following words describe you, please apply:

Emotionally balanced Flexible Compulsively methodical Able to handle stress
Contrarian Calm Persevering Self-critical
Passionate about trading Passionate about financial markets Unafraid to take educated risks Confident and a selfstarter

Only apply if the following words describe you:

Emotionally balanced


Compulsively methodical

Able to handle stress





Passionate about trading

Passionate about financial markets

Unafraid to take educated risks

Confident and a selfstarter

The selection process will be arduous, but well worth it for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

It will include:

  • Competency-based interviews (two rounds)
  • Psychometric testing
  • Reference checks and other due diligence

Sanlam Investments

Be part of a brand that has become well established in the South African investments industry for close to a century.

Sanlam Investments is a fertile breeding ground for some of the most talented individuals in the investments industry. As one of the largest investment management companies in South Africa, we give you exposure to the complete end-to-end range of investment solutions for our clients, covering everything from unit trusts (active and passive), multi-managed funds, hedge funds to retirement funds along the full risk-return spectrum.

We empower you to make the right decisions for your future career, by equipping you with everything it takes to succeed. Every layer of your career and every aspect of your personal growth are within reach here at Sanlam Investments.

We can offer you:

  • A compelling future
  • Career progression with a solid, stable brand
  • Total investment in your future
  • A people-focused, happy place to work
  • Exceptional rewards.

The Sanlam Way

As leaders in the creation and protection of wealth, Sanlam has the opportunity to make a positive difference. Ours is a heritage of believing that everyone and everything can be worth more, and from this comes a sincere desire to help people live their best possible lives. What we do goes above and beyond expertise, insight or intelligence. Ours is an approach that embraces an underlying ethos of respect for what we are entrusted with as a financial partner. It’s a respect for our clients’ money, but also for what went into earning it and what can be made of it. We see ourselves as stewards of a life’s work and don’t take this lightly. Which is why we’re committed to creating lasting value and determined to do what we do very, very well. It’s also why, when it comes to investing, we believe there’s a time to be bold and a time to be cautious — it’s knowing when to be which that makes us WealthsmithsTM.

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Sanlam Investments consists of the following authorised Financial Services Providers: Sanlam Investment Management (Pty) Ltd (“SIM”), Sanlam Multi Manager International (Pty) Ltd (“SMMI”), Satrix Managers (RF) (Pty) Ltd, Graviton Wealth Management (Pty) Ltd (“GWM”), Graviton Financial Partners (Pty) Ltd (“GFP”), Radius Administrative Services (Pty) Ltd (“Radius”), Blue Ink Investments (Pty) Ltd (“Blue Ink”), Sanlam Capital Markets (Pty) Ltd (“SCM”), Sanlam Private Wealth (Pty) Ltd (“SPW”), Sanlam Credit Fund Advisor Proprietary Limited, Sanlam Africa Real Estate Advisor Proprietary Limited and Sanlam Employee Benefits (Pty) Ltd (“SEB”), a division of Sanlam Life Insurance Limited; and has the following approved Management Companies under the Collective Investment Schemes Control Act: Sanlam Collective Investments (RF) (Pty) Ltd (“SCI”) and Satrix Managers (RF) (Pty) Ltd (“Satrix”).


Preference will be given to EE candidates in accordance with the Investment cluster employment policies.

Sanlam Investments is a licenced Financial Services Provider.

Sanlam Life Insurance is a licensed financial service provider.
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