Programme Manager: Energy Storage Test Bed (Estb)

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. The organisations work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state. Programme Manager: Energy Storage Test Bed (ESTB)About the job:The CSIR has a vacancy for aProgramme Manager: ESTBin the Energy Centre within the Smart Places cluster. The incumbent will be responsible to manage the CSIR Energy Storage Testbed for supporting energy storage testing and development in the CSIR Energy Centre. The role will further provide strategic and technical leadership of the platform (researchers and engineers with specialised domain expertise in specific areas of competence), including people management, business development in collaboration with the Centre Manager, Business Development Manager; financial sustainability and operations management. Key responsibilities:Develop and Implement the Program RDI strategy, which is responsive to the CSIR RDI strategy; Create a platform for the integration of CSIR, Centre and Cluster research projects and pilots into the Program creating and maintaining a testing and demonstration platform; Lead and develop researchers or engineers or project managers in the Program, and providing leadership to staff, aiming at stimulating growth and ensuring alignment with the Centre strategy focus; Service strategic research alliances, industry, and service areas and interacting with stakeholders, directly supporting and enabling the development of a local renewable energy and energy storage industry; Provide leadership in the provision of technical solutions in the areas of energy storage as include battery energy storage and other storage technologies (e.g. mechanical, thermal, chemical); Provide leadership in the integration of the platform with other functions and programs to ensure alignment in the field of energy storage across Clusters and Divisions; Develop and ongoing maintenance/enhancement of a funding plan for the Program; Manage strategic investment, planning and implementing Special Initiative Parliamentary Grant, Contract R&D and other grant-funded opportunities for Implementation in the Program; Lead projects (life cycles and related systems) and oversee the implementation thereof; Conduct business development (strategic partnerships, donors and funders) initiatives and ensure financial sustainability for the Program; Manage strategic stakeholder relationship for the Program to secure appropriate, joint projects implemented in the Program including R&D elements for piloting and testing energy storage technologies in the Program. Qualifications, skills and experience:A Masters degree in science or engineering domain or equivalent; At least five years experience in project and program management; At least five years experience in energy storage technologies and the integration of renewable energy; Experience in managing budgets and executing capital projects greater than R5m; Proven track record in project management and program management leadership; Business case, business plan and financial modelling acumen; Communication, presentation, research and report writing skills; Ability to provide thought leadership and high-level conceptualisation; Problem-solving; facilitation and interpersonal skills in a goal-oriented approach; Appropriate national and international RDI networks; and An understanding of the research to market 'innovation' value chain. PLEASE NOTE THAT FEEDBACK WILL BE GIVEN TO SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES ONLY.The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to the employment Equity Act and will through the filling of this vacancy, give preference to candidates from designated groups in terms of the Employment Equity Act. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from registered credit bureau and/or South African Police Services (in relation to positions that requires trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances), and may also verify the applicants educational qualification and employment history.The CSIR reserves the right to remove the advertisement at any time before the stated closing date and it further reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.
Johannesburg, GT, ZA