Functional Manager: Software at National Research Foundation

Posted 4 months ago

Permanent position

Market Related salary



About the Position

SARAO has a vacancy in our Engineering Software division for a Functional Manager: Software to lead the team in program execution and alignment of strategic themes reporting to the Head: Engineering.


Minimum education requirement:

  • BSC Honours in Computer Science or Engineering with a software focus

Minimum work experience required:

  • 10+ years of experience within a software engineering environment, acting as a Development Manager for at least 3 years within a Lean-Agile context

Duties include (but not limited to):

  1. Personnel and Team Development
    • Attract, recruit and retain capable individuals
    • Build high-performance teams; establish mission and purpose for individuals and teams
    • Perform career counselling and personnel development
    • Eliminate impediments and evolve systems, practices and processed based on Lean-Agile principles
    • Take subtle control in assignment of individuals to teams; make personnel changes with necessary
    • Evaluate performance, taking and providing inputs, provide guidance and corrective actions
    • Assist in providing agile coaching and mentorship to agile teams
  2. Program Execution
    • Assist in determining milestones and roadmaps, and the plans and planning activities that enable them
    • Adopt, promote and coach Lean-Agile principles, core values and practices
    • Help develop, implement and communicate an economic framework
    • Ownership of the cost centres associated with Software, including forecasts, budgets and approvals
    • Participate in planning, demonstration and problem-solving workshops
    • Promote and implement continuous improvement practices
    • Promote and implement built-in quality practices for software development
    • Remove systematic impediments
    • Protect teams from distractions and unrelated \ unnecessary work
    • Build partnerships with internal and external stakeholders
    • (i) Programme Managers
    • (ii) Project Managers
    • (iii) Functional Managers
    • (iv) System Engineering
    • (v) Operations
    • (vi) Key Users
    • Help to ensure the engagement of shared services with other stakeholders
    • Plan & procure tools\ equipment as required by the teams to execute their roadmap
    • Provide the space necessary for innovation and experimentation
    • Promote technical, domain and process skills development and knowledge acquisition within the team
  3. Alignment and Transparency
    • Work with management to ensure alignment and execution of strategic themes
    • Continuously assist in aligning teams to the mission and vision
    • Help to ensure the engagement of key stakeholders
    • Provide full transparency to all stakeholders

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability to:

  • identify hardware and software needed to provide solutions to problems
  • work under pressure & meet deadlines
  • strong oral and written communication skills
  • participate and thrive in a collaborative environment

Experience in:

  • roll-out of complex systems
  • system engineering environment

Knowledge of:

  • implementation of system engineering principles
  • supply chain management
  • configuration management
  • project management

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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