Systems Analyst – SARAO, Cape Town

Cape Town
Posted 6 months ago

Temporary position

Closing Date: 8 January 2019

Market-Related salary



About the Position

SARAO has an exciting opportunity for a Systems Analyst to join our team based in Cape Town. The main purpose of the role is to perform business analysis, systems analysis and systems engineering activities within the SARAO Science Processing team. The incumbent will work with the team manager, the technical lead, as well as subject matter experts to fulfil this systems engineering role.


Minimum education requirement:

  • National Diploma in Engineering, Computer Science or related field with a minimum of 7 years’ experience


  • 4-year degree or higher in Engineering, Computer Science or related field with 5 years’ experience

Minimum work experience required:

  • 5 years’ experience in a Business and Systems Analysis, Systems Design, Engineering or Architecture role in an IT development project with a strong software focus

Desirable additional educational, work experience, and personal qualities:

  • Relevant Business Analysis or System Engineering qualification or certificates e.g. INCOSE, IIBA.
  • Experience in elicitation and elaboration of systems requirements and gap analysis
  • Experience in systems integration and quality control
  • Experience in iterative, model-driven agile approach to systems development

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Assume ownership of the team’s systems engineering products and deliverables
  • Take responsibility for the improvement of system engineering efforts and adherence to organisational level expectations
  • Compile baseline documents for each phase of the systems engineering process
  • Compile specification documentation
  • Take responsibility for the development and analysis of requirements allocated from project level by the engineering team
  • Support the Science Processing team in managing systems engineering and systems analysis requirements internally and externally

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

Ability to:

  • communicate effectively at all levels (written and verbal)
  • work independently as well as part of a team

Experience in:

  • in architecture, design or development of large software projects
  • globally distributed projects
  • pay attention to detail

Knowledge of:

  • systems engineering supporting tools e.g. eB, Innoslate
  • model-driven approaches to systems engineering
  • systems and process modelling languages e.g. UML, BPML

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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