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

  • Permanent Intermediate position

  • Pinelands, Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2178256 | Ref 2729

  • Posted 11 Jan 2018

About the Position

SKA SA is currently seeking to appoint a Security Technical Lead to join our Cape Town based team. The successful incumbent will take overall technical responsibility for IT security across the organisation, taking into consideration both physical and cyber security needed to secure the IT systems to the agreed levels.

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):

  • Take overall responsibility for the IT security of the organisation
  • Develop an appropriate SLA to define the expectations with regards to IT security
  • Design and implement physical and cyber security policies and procedures to support the IT security goals
  • Play a hands-on technical role and day-to-day management role in the build-out and development of the company's security team
  • Ensure that the security effectively supports the business and engineering IT needs of the SKA SA project across all three locations (CT, Jhb and Carnarvon)
  • Work with the networks lead to help develop and implement a robust organisation wide security policy
  • Take over management of federated identity services and the long term role of these services in the organisation
  • Monitor, report and document the security systems
  • Develop business case justification and cost/benefit analysis for security spend and compliance with project procurement policies

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


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


  • globally distributed projects
  • working with and influencing senior management
  • technical management of a team
  • developing innovative solutions and contributing to strategic planning
  • managing and controlling budgets, resources, funding and an understanding of financial management procedures


  • systems/services for software/hardware development as it relates to IT security and across functions and how they relate

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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