SARAO is Hiring a Project Manager


The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is hiring a Project Manager on a permanent contract. The Project Manager will join the facility at Cape Town, Western Cape to provide project management services to SARAO programme managers, junior Project Managers, and management in the execution of built environment projects to support the construction of major radio astronomy facilities.

Key responsibilities:
  • Manage built environment projects through the full project lifecycle (initiation, planning, execution, control/monitoring, closing) according to established SARAO procedures.
  • Create all project management artefacts as required (Project Management and ancillary plans, budgets, schedules, reports);
  • Conduct procurement according to established NRF policy and procedure;
  • Support the SHEQ team to ensure quality assurance of all project artefacts
  • Risk Management for projects;
  • Experience in delivering projects following traditional, agile and/or hybrid project management approach;
  • Contract management according to established SARAO and SKAO procedures (FIDIC, NEC4, CEMAR); and
  • Stakeholder liaison
  • Monthly reports on the project status to programme managers and senior management.
Key requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or an equivalent honours degree in a suitable built environment field;
  • At least eight (8) years of experience in a project management role with demonstrated successful project delivery; and
  • ECSA, ASAQS or equivalent professional registration will be an advantage.


  • Managing large-scale built environment projects;
  • Extensive experience in contract management according to NEC4 (preferred), NEC3 and FIDIC;
  • A project management office environment; and
  • Sound experience with project planning tools (Primavera, MS Project).


  • Project management life processes, theory, principles, standards and best practices;
  • Contract Management; and
  • Public Finance Management Act.

Additional Notes:

  • Strong decision-making;
  • Excellent communication – both verbal and written, in English;
  • Good analytical and planning skills;
  • Efficiency in a high-pressure environment;
  • Willingness to work outside normal hours;
  • Proactive and problem-solving skills;
  • Capable of dealing with uncertain environments and reducing uncertainty; and
  • Capacity to travel within South Africa and internationally.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV here before 26 September 2022. Furthermore, applicants should include a letter of motivation indicating their suitability for the position in their applications. In addition, the applicants must provide the names and contact details of at least three referees.

South Africa’s National Research Foundation (NRF) offers a challenging career and a competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience. Also, the NRF is committed to employment equity and redress, and appointments to the position will be made in line with the NRF Employment Equity Plan. In addition, the NRF reserves the right not to make an appointment and will send correspondence to short-listed candidates only. For more information regarding the opening, visit here.

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