Technical Lead: Networks at Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA)

  • Permanent Intermediate position

  • Pinelands, Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2178247 | Ref 2728

  • Posted 11 Jan 2018

About the Position

SKA SA is currently seeking to appoint a Networks Technical Lead to join our Cape Town based team. Working with the technical lead, this individual will take overall technical responsibility for both business and science networks within the organisation.

Minimum education requirement:

  • Honours degree or equivalent professional qualification

Minimum work experience required:

  • 7+ years relevant technical and leadership experience


  • Substantial experience and proven success in the computing infrastructure environment

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Play a hands-on technical and day-to-day management role in the build-out and development of the company's networks department (incl. hiring of staff)
  • Ensure that the networks department effectively supports the business and engineering IT needs of the SKA SA project across all three locations (CT, Jhb and Carnarvon)
  • Manage and plan office network infrastructure
  • Work with the security lead to help develop and implement a robust organisation wide security policy
  • Provide second line support to IT help desk and technical support functions
  • Direct responsibility for company's network (including telescope data) and primary network services including user authentication and authorisation and associated network infrastructure
  • Ensure effective gradual takeover of operational aspects of network systems from the project engineering subsystem teams as the project moves towards the operational phases
  • Assist in the move towards greater standardization for improved long term support across the project in particular alignment with the company's requirements and adopted ISO frameworks
  • Monitor, report and document for networking systems
  • Develop business justifications and cost/benefit analysis for network spend and compliance with project procurement policies for network equipment
  • Take responsibility of asset management for network hardware and licencing

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • assess and organise resources
  • communicate complex information clearly and encourage commitment to learn in others
  • display a strong networking and computing background
  • display strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to motivate, negotiate, influence and build strong relationships


  • globally distributed projects
  • technical management of a team
  • managing and controlling budgets, resources, funding and an understanding of financial management
  • working with and influencing senior management


  • systems/services for software/hardware development and across functions and how they relate to each other
  • regulations and procedures, and implications off non-compliance

About The Employer

SKA SA is currently designing and constructing the MeerKAT Telescope in the Karoo Region of the Northern Cape Province. MeerKAT is a world-class radio telescope and is designed to do ground-breaking science. Via MeerKAT, South Africa is playing a leading role in the design and technology developments of the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope. In collaboration with South Africa industry and Universities and collaborating with leading global institutions, the South African team has developed innovative technologies in areas such as antenna engineering and signal processing hardware and algorithms.

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

Type of employment: Permanent

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