Posted time 19th July 2023 Location Tshwane (Pretoria) Job type Full-time

An international renowned research & development organization is looking for an Executive Manager to lead the manufacturing cluster on a 5 years fixed term contract. You will be responsible to drive leadership, strategy development and implementation for the Manufacturing cluster, in line with the organization Strategy.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the domain cluster;
  • Lead strategy development and implementation of all cluster strategies, business development and commercialisation, operations and programmes;
  • Ensure financial sustainability by being accountable for Cluster revenue, profit and loss and income stream diversification as per agreed targets;
  • Drive investment in strategic capabilities of Cluster for current and future competitiveness;
  • Accountable for tracking delivery of Cluster programmes against key milestone and mitigate in case of shortfall (budget / cost / capacity);
  • Accountable for risk management, implementation of effective financial and non-financial controls within the cluster;
  • Internal and external stakeholder engagement and communication / relations;
  • Establish RD&I programs that impact most effectively and efficiently on the biggest opportunities (and bottlenecks) for industrial development and competitiveness improvement in Cluster’s target industries and the related capabilities.
  • Optimum alignment of the core capabilities of the cluster with designated or relevant industries (in line with  Strategy and Mandate) that lead to high impact business opportunities in the form of commercialization of technologies, improvement of industrialization systems, services, strategic relationships, and collaborations that translate into sustainable business for the Cluster.
  • Attain strategic partner status with key Manufacturing enterprises, private sector bodies and public sector entities that enable or drive industrial rejuvenation, creation of new industrial and growth of the manufacturing sector in designated industries as determined by the organization with the condition that this increase sustainability of the Cluster
  • Operational effectiveness of the Cluster underpinned by consistent performance management, good corporate governance as articulated through relevant dynamic legal framework, proactive compliance to SHEQ rules and regulations, living the values and persistent drive to attain the Vision through the Mission.
  • Sustained profitability and growth of the cluster while meeting or exceeding key performance indicators that contribute towards the organization’s shareholder impact.
  • Create of the research, development and innovation ecosystem with the required expertise, infrastructure, industry relevant know-how and other attributes that give rise to the cluster becoming a vibrant ecosystem that produces marketable innovative solutions, industrialised technologies and increased royalty income, among other success factors.
  • Advanced discrete/assembled product industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Electrotechnical, Medical devices and equipment, Industrial Machinery, and others. Engineered Materials, 4IR enabled manufacturing processes and manufacturing equipment, Future Production Systems, 4IR based industry transformation, supply chain integration, external and internal logistics, end-to-end digital engineering, Product Life Management (PLM), product development and concurrent engineering.

Qualifications, experience and skills:

  • A Master’s Degree in a manufacturing-related engineering qualification (mechanical, industrial, electronics, and mechatronics);
  • A Doctoral degree would be an added advantage;
  • Business Management qualification will be an added advantage;
  • At least 8 years’ senior management experience in manufacturing research, development innovation (RDI) and commercialisation in industry or leading Research and Technology Organisation (RTO);
  • Demonstrated track record of strategy development and implementation in manufacturing;
  • Demonstrated business development and commercialization in the manufacturing sector;
  • Demonstrated application of a systems approach in manufacturing;
  • Demonstrated experience of modernization, digitisation of factories, and manufacturing processes exploiting 4IR technology opportunities;
  • Deep manufacturing industry experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in advanced materials, parts fabrication, assemblies, product development, factory optimisation, supply chain optimisation;
  • Demonstrated experience of people management, project management and organisational development;
  • Proven track record of managing minimum annual budget of R100 million linked to RDI initiatives in industry or leading RTO;
  • Proven track record of successful IP commercialisation;
  • Excellent communicator with strong business acumen;
  • Evidence of high-level industry engagement and stakeholder management, manufacturing related networks;
  • 4IR challenges and opportunities for RSA industry;
  • Strategic Partnership Development;
  • Deep understanding of industry needs, challenges;
  • Understanding of the National System of Innovation as relevant to Manufacturing Industries.

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