Compute Infrastructure Group Lead at Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA)

  • Permanent Senior position

  • Pinelands, Cape Town, Western Cape

  • Market Related salary

  • Job 2178263 | Ref 2727

  • Posted 11 Jan 2018

About the Position

SKA SA is currently seeking to appoint a Compute Infrastructure Group Lead to join our Cape Town based team. The successful incumbent will plan, organise, direct and control the activities of the Compute Infrastructure Group.

Minimum education requirement:

  • MSc or equivalent professional qualification

Minimum work experience required:

  • 10+ years' experience at management within similar environment


  • Substantial experience and proven success within a software/hardware environment

Duties include (but not limited to):

  • Oversee the staffing and establishment of the Compute Infrastructure group
  • Overall coordination of the activities of the group
  • Line management of all staff within the Compute Infrastructure group (both technical and support staff)
  • Setup and management of external stakeholder relationships with both local and international partners
  • Setting of long term strategic direction in consultation with other business stakeholders
  • Together with the Security Lead, develop and promulgate IT security policies across the science and business units
  • Reporting to the project directory on critical infrastructure aspects, particularly security
  • Provide strategy and assistance with design, specification and procurement of computing infrastructure for both internal and external stakeholders
  • Providing support and infrastructure to other business units in the form of SLA backed agreements
  • Ensure coordination and direction of individual technical leads within the group
  • Consulting with and informing other managers on progress
  • Coordinating the implementation of occupational health and safety requirements
  • Determine, implement and monitor teams contribution to overall project progress
  • Establishing and managing budgets, monitoring progress and adjusting processes and resources to minimize costs and suppliers
  • Research and implement regulatory and statutory requirements affecting manufacturing operations and the environment
  • Conduct research and improving or developing concepts, theories, instrumentation, software and operational methods related to high performance computing infrastructure

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • manage a large group off administrative/specialist/professional staff across a major organisation function
  • utilise/manage allocated budget/resources effectively and flexibly, and control all related expenditure to ensure delivery
  • shape strategic direction of the commissioning team, planning and organising activities of others over many months
  • Interact, advise and/or influence at a senior level within the organisation
  • network with fellow professionals in the wider community and represent and promote commissioning on internal and external platforms
  • identify trends, strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in a specialist area/area of responsibility which may have an impact on the company
  • liaise with service users to establish and implement strategic service requirements and priorities
  • develop/improve the capability of staff within a work area, motivating and mentoring them to meet the current and future requirements of the company


  • coordinating activities
  • Networking
  • IT security
  • developing research methodologies and devising models, approaches, techniques, critiques and methods
  • Linux, networking and IT security
  • planning and building a team and delivering research results
  • managing and motivating staff


  • management processes

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

Apply online
This job may be removed before it expires.

Expires in 6 days

Get jobs via email

Receive a daily digest of all new jobs matching this job. Your information is safe with us and you can cancel at any time