Research and Development Manager

Rand Water

Johannesburg, South Africa 🇿🇦

Closing Date2022/05/09
Reference NumberRAN220421-1
Job TitleResearch and Development Manager
PortfolioRand Water Institute
Job Type ClassificationPermanent
Location – CountrySouth Africa
Location – ProvinceGauteng
Location – Town / CityJohannesburg
Location – SiteRietvlei
Job Advert SummaryRand Water Institute is currently looking for a Research and Development Manager to Ensure alignment of the research undertaken to the Strategic Risk Register of Rand Water; Oversee the Research programme of RWI; Foster collaboration through formal Memoranda of Understanding with Stakeholders (national & global) with local and global Research and Academic Institutions; Participation as part of multidisciplinary Research Teams; Foster Corporate positioning of Rand Water Institute as a Research and Development Water and Sanitation Sector Leader; Development and review of the RnD Policy & Strategy; and Facilitate Research within the Catchment and River Basin Organizations in pursuit of technical and scientific solutions for Rand Water;
Minimum RequirementsEducation
A Master’s Degree minimum plus 10 years’ exposure to broad management and interfacing with Executive and Board;
Experience in Scientific and Engineering Programme Management;
Management capability to support enhance empirical Research;
Experience in participation on Research studies at various levels;
Ability to work as part of a Research Team in the area of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM);
Minimum of 10 years in the Research and Development environment; and
Ability to align Enterprise wide Risk Management to Research Priorities to support the Operations at Rand Water.
Primary DutiesCoordination of all RnD Projects (at Group level) to support Strategy realization;
Ensure RnD Plans are aligned to and supports Strategy execution;
Management of the RnD Outcomes for Rand Water;
Generate Research to support Business sustainability;
Prepare Research Papers showcasing RW Capabilities;
Facilitate Risk directed Research;
Custodian of Risk Research Report;
Information Sharing & optimization of Research results;
Budget management: planning, monitor and execution for the Research and Development Programme;
Inclusion of Research Projects within the Annual Procurement Plan;
Establish Business Process to ensure seamless value chain;
Efficient Stakeholder Engagements;
Stakeholder Management;
Policy Review & Development through Policy Review Committee;
Stakeholder directed Research; and
Interact with a multi-disciplinary Research team of professionals within and external to the organization.
KnowledgeOperate at a strategic level to support the provision of solutions to operationalise the implementation of the Innovation Risk based Rand Water Strategy;
Providing an enabling environment for research and development and knowledge production that promotes strategy;
Strategically develop, promote and manage national and international relationships and opportunities to strengthen collaboration in RnD and innovation;
Minimum Knowledge: POPIA, Water Services Act, National Water Act, PFMA, CIDB, FIDIC, SANS, ISO, etc.;
Extensive knowledge and understanding of bulk water services/utilities environment in large corporates;
In-depth knowledge of relevant statutory requirements;
SkillsProject Management;
Strategy Execution and Alignment;
Business Acumen;
Stakeholder Relations & Management;
Strong Analytical Skills;
Financial Management;
Communicating with multi-disciplinary teams;
Negotiation Skills;
Written and Verbal Communication Skills;
Presentation skills;
AttitudeAttention to detail;
Customer orientation
Highly organized
Team player;
Working under pressure and unpredictable working conditions; and
Non-compliance to mandatory legislation and regulations regulating applied research.