Manager: Strategy and Research

Payments Association of South Africa

Gauteng, South Africa


Jul 6

The Payments Association of South Africa (PASA) is a payment system management body recognised by the SARB under the provisions of the NPS Act. Whilst PASAs mandate is derived from the NPS Act, PASA is a self-regulatory body and its governance structure is managed by PASA Council, the highest governing body in PASA representing the participants in the national payment system of South Africa. As such, PASA is mandated to develop rules, criteria and governance structures as may be required to carry out its function. Through a strong legal foundation, PASA manages its members specific payment activities through legal constructs such as payment clearing house (PCH) agreements, PCH clearing rules and service level agreements. Other important legal constructs are the PASA Constitution (providing foundation for good governance), policies and position papers. To ensure a disciplined & rigorous strategy development process supported by adequate breadth & depth in research results. Seeks to provide unique industry expertise, insight and thought leadership to enable PASA members to apply innovation in payment system development whilst being informed of international trends, plausible strategic scenarios, possible risks, individual stakeholder needs and broader eco-system challenges or dependencies. To provide valued strategic support and thought leadership to PASA by ways of insight, perspectives gained and the articulation and conceptualisation of recommendations, options and choices.To facilitate an industry wide strategic dialogue relevant to a particular payments streams and to drive consensus on the way forward w.r.t. key strategic aspects by ways of relevant fact based input, facilitation and personal impact and leadershipCore Accountability 1.Guide and lead a structured strategic dialogue related to the relevant payment stream and eco-system and specifically in relevant formal interbank forums. Engage in continued evaluation of current payment system strategy with stakeholders and formulate and develop new strategic positions and payment system strategies. Provision a well-researched fact base from where decisions will be taken. This implies the application of techniques, processes, methodologies & principles to establish a properly researched and in-depth factual base for strategic option development and/or decision makingEngage in appropriate ad-hoc external stakeholder engagements for the purpose of obtaining input on needs, perspectives or analytical information and to develop a comprehensive perspective on the payments eco-system current and future state and implementation options and priorities of selected initiatives.Maximize the effectiveness & efficiency of the research & analysis through the succinct presentation and articulation of findings and recommendations.Facilitate dialogue and decision making to ensure that stakeholders have a clear perspective on current state (where are we now?), desired state (where do we want to go?) and pathways and priorities to achieve a desired outcome (how do we get there?).Core Accountability 2.Assist with specific ad-hoc strategic focus areas and topics and facilitate insight, decision making and progress in specifically mandated work groups.Utilising techniques, strategic tools and strategic frameworks to enable and support key strategic deliverablesEngaging in research where necessary Engaging of NPS stakeholders, both in structured and ad-hoc engagements to validate information and to develop strategic options and choicesFacilitating progress through assistance to projects in any of the phases of defining, scoping, designing and implementing of industry requirements.Core Accountability 3.Articulate strategic positions and recommendations in formal documentation and from time to time also publish relevant high quality position papers for PASA members, or specific Strategic stakeholder groupings. This will demonstrate a thorough analysis and understanding of the relevant strategic topics and will aim to provide thought leadership to stakeholders. The articulated strategic outcomes/positions/proposals will integrate analysis, information, views, trends, stakeholder needs and responses, regulatory issues, market information, SME-commentaries, reviews, overviews & recommendations in a holistic strategic document that could support any of the following:Strategic overview of a landscapeAdvocacy for a particular strategic choice or positionInsight into difficult strategic options and choices Assist with perspectives (e.g. pros and cons) related to various areas of decision making.Provide guidance to the prioritizing or scoping of key strategic projects and initiativesProviding guidance to companies entering the payments market or presenting a new product from a strategic perspective on the payment stream, regulatory environment and NPSD priorities and concernsCore Accountability 4.Facilitate strategic dialogue to ensure that a shared narrative on preferred strategic direction is created amongst key stakeholders. This includes the specific accountability for Strategy Forums and Stakeholder forums.This includes:oEnsuring Agendas are relevant and well-structured through continued consultation with the respective ChairpersonsoOversight and final approval of Minutes for all relevant meetingsoOversight and final accountability to ensure action items emanating from meetings are given the appropriate attentionoContinued liaison with internal stakeholders to ensure alignment between different functional areasGenerally this implies a mastery of the following:Sense-making /analysis of information in group context through the use of small and large group interactive techniques and designsInterpretation of research outputs and other relevant information in a group context (variety of audiences) for the purpose of positioning, advocacy and/ or decision making.Empowering relevant internal and external stakeholders with strategic insights to crystalize strategic positions and/or obtain advocacy, buy-in and support for strategic choicesGuiding decision making through succinct and accurate articulation of options and choicesCore Accountability 5. Participate in / or lead relevant project work groups and ensure that project implementation / execution is progressed through the provision of strategic recommendations, and by making relevant strategic options and choices clear at all decision junctions. Establish an understanding of purpose and scope of each strategic project.Ensure a clear project definition and business requirementProgress execution through conceptual thought, leadership, factually derived insights, decision frameworks and guiding principles where possibleFacilitating progress through assistance to projects in any of the phases of defining, scoping, designing and implementing of industry requirements.

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