SARAO is Hiring a Facilities Manager


The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is looking to employ a facilities manager The incumbent will be responsible for managing SARAO non-instrumentation facilities that are leased and owned in Gauteng Observatory to ensure that SARAO functions effectively and efficiently. In addition, the supervisor will provide a single point of entry for the coordination of all services relating to the efficient and effective running of Gauteng relative facilities, including the implementation of local Gauteng facilities management plan. Furthermore, the successful applicant will manage sustainability issues while reducing the impact on Safety, Environment, Health and Security; and be responsible for housekeeping.

Key Responsibilities
  • Manage all facilities leased and owned;
  • Management of contractors and suppliers;
  • Manage tenants and leases;
  • Working alongside housekeeping;
  • Administrative duties, including supply chain management.
Key Requirements
  • ND: Office Management, Facilities Management, Business Management, Property Management or related field;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Trade qualification (advantageous);
  • Four years relevant working experience in facilities maintenance;
  • One year working experience as facilities maintenance supervisor or facilities.
  • Procurement within a Preferential Management Framework Act environment;
  • Front-facing client experience;
  • Proven ability to work independently and within a team;
  • Proven ability to operate under pressure;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Be available after hours and standby for emergencies;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills;
  • Communication skills, written and verbal;
  • Project and contracting management skills and experience in the public sector;
  • Willingness to learn, solve problems and assist team members;
  • Bids and Tenders.
  • Working knowledge of machinery such as generators, vehicles, air conditioners, electrical, sprinklers, fire equipment, plumbing, biometrics and construction etc.;
  • Knowledge of air-conditioning/refrigeration system;
  • Strong leadership and management skills;
  • Understanding of South African construction industry legislation;
  • Knowledge of public sector supply chain management legislation;
  • The incumbent shall have a general understanding of facilities security and safety;
  • The incumbent shall have a basic knowledge of health and safety regulations, particularly where it concerns facilities maintenance and previous first aid and safety officer training.
  • Knowledge of fire breaks;
  • Understanding of housekeeping;
  • Sound knowledge of generating, maintaining, and managing contracts and SLA’s;
  • Soft and Technical skills in a property and facilities management environment;
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.
Additional notes
  • Ability to interact with internal & external stakeholders at all levels;
  • Procurement and negotiation skills;
  • Ability to multitask and prioritise workload;
  • Decision making;
  • Ability to define, research and solve problems;
  • Ability to organise work, set priorities, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to read, analyse and interpret reports and regulations;
  • Solutions- orientated, can-do attitude;
  • Self-motivated;
  • Ability to develop and implement new procedures;
  • Proven ability to work independently and within a team;
  • Hard-working and reliable.
How to Apply

To apply for this position, kindly submit a comprehensive CV here before 16 February 2022. Furthermore, applications should be accompanied by a letter of motivation indicating the applicant’s suitability for the role. Also, the applicants should provide the names and contact details of at least three referees.

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The NRF offers a challenging career and competitive remuneration package commensurate with the applicants’ qualifications and experience. In addition, the NRF is committed to employment equity and redress. Lastly,  the appointment to the position will be made in line with the NRF Employment Equity Plan. Accordingly, correspondence will be sent to short-listed candidates only.

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