Road Maintenance Supervisor – SARAO, Northern Cape

Carnarvon, Northern Cape, Western Cape
Posted 8 months ago

Permanent position

Market Related salary

Closing Date: 14 November 2018


About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for a Road Maintenance Supervisor to join our team based in Carnarvon, Northern Cape. The successful incumbent is responsible for supervising road construction and maintenance crews on SARAO property.

Minimum education requirement:

  • Grade 12
  • Valid EC vehicle license (Professional Driving Permit)
  • Valid certificate to operate a Grader
  • Valid certificate to operate a Backhoe/Loader (TLB)

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5 years’ experience coupled with a minimum of 2 years’ experience at supervisory level performing roadway, roadside, bridge or sign maintenance

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Supervise the execution of maintenance activities on the roads infrastructure
  • Take responsibility for effective resource allocation, including staff, equipment and plant
  • Provide input to the Site Technician for budget issues
  • Direct the activities and monitor the performance of subordinates
  • Provide training, guidance and encouragement to assigned roads crews
  • Ensure road equipment is maintained regularly
  • Perform other responsibilities as required or assigned

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability to:

  • communicate effectively (verbally and written)
  • work safely and effectively around the public
  • demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for a diverse population
  • maintain cooperative working relationships

Experience in:

  • and/or training in road maintenance and construction work which includes operating intermediate size motorized equipment


  • traffic laws and regulations as they apply to motorized construction and maintenance equipment
  • and ability to operate intermediate size motorized construction and maintenance equipment, chainsaws, and similar tools and equipment
  • methods, materials and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of asphalt and gravel roads

About The Employer

The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) spearheads South Africa’s activities in the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, commonly known as the SKA, in engineering, science and construction. SARAO is a National Facility managed by the National Research Foundation and incorporates radio astronomy instruments and programmes such as the MeerKAT and KAT-7 telescopes in the Karoo, the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) in Gauteng, the African Very Long Baseline Interferometry (AVN) programme in nine African countries as well as the associated human capital development and commercialisation endeavours.

As a business unit of the NRF, SARAO is committed to employment equity and redress

Type of employment: Permanent

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