SARAO is Recruiting a Project Manager

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The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) is recruiting a project manager on a permanent contract. The successful candidate will join the project management team at the facility at Cape Town, Western Cape to provide project management services to SARAO programme managers and management in the execution of Technology Research and Development projects to support the construction of major Radio Astronomy facilities. 

In addition, the project manager will provide project management support to more junior project managers, and manage technology research and development projects through the full project lifecycle (initiation, planning, execution, control/monitoring, closing) according to established SARAO procedures.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide project management services to SARAO programme managers and management in the execution of Technology Research
  • and Development projects to support the construction of major Radio Astronomy facilities
  • Provide project management support to more junior Project Managers
  • Manage Technology Research and Development projects through the full project lifecycle (Initiation, Planning, Execution,
  • Control/Monitoring, Closing) according to established SARAO procedures
  • Creating 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)
  • Stakeholder liaison
  • Monthly reporting on the project status to Programme Managers and Senior Management.

Key Requirements

Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or an equivalent honours degree in a suitable Engineering field.
  • At least 8 years experience in a project management role with demonstrated successful project delivery.
  • ECSA or equivalent professional registration (Advantageous)

Experience

  • Managing large-scale Technology Research and Development projects
  • Contract Management according to NEC4 (preferred)
  • A Project Management Office environment
  • Sound knowledge of project planning tools (Primavera, MS Project)

Knowledge

  • Project Management theory, principles, standards and best practice
  • Contract Management
  • Public Finance Management Act

Additional Notes:

The applicant should have the following skills, abilities, and competencies:

  • 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
  • Capable of dealing with uncertain environments and reducing uncertainty
  • Problem-solving
  • No constraints on the ability to travel within South Africa and Internationally

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a comprehensive CV here before 19 October 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.

You can get more information regarding the opening here.

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