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Impact Area Manager: Functional Building Infrastructure

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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 organisation’s work contributes to industrial

development and supports a capable state.


Impact Area Manager: Functional Building Infrastructure


About the job:


The CSIR has a vacancy for an Impact Area Manager in the Functional Building Infrastructure

impact area, within the Smart Places cluster. The purpose of the job is to drive strategic impact

within industry and/or service areas. The incumbent will be responsible for leading Research,

Development and Innovation (RD&I), service delivery and industry programs, as well as drive the

business development of the Impact Area in collaboration with the Business Development and

Commertialisation portfolios. This position is based in Pretoria.


Key responsibilities:

  • Contribute to strategic investment goal setting and development of a RD&I strategy
  • Provide and coordinate the strategic leadership within the Impact Area
  • Develop and implement a research, development, and innovation (RD&I) strategy for the

impact area

  • Develop, provide, and motivate capacity to deliver on the cluster’s strategy
  • Develop and implement a business plan for operations, sustainable growth, impact and

robustness of area

  • Deliver on all Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) of the area and ensure that all outputs are

achieved, including transformation, profit and loss, quality, health, safety, and environment

as per agreed targets

  • In collaboration with the business development and commercialisation portfolio:
  • Drive the transfer of technology and solutions to industry/user environment
  • Package technologies for commercialisation and/or develop an investment ready
  • business through financial modeling, market, assessment, and business plan


  • Establish and service strategic alliances according to RD&I strategy
  • Ensure high quality SET expertise and the development of appropriate SET capacity and


  • Ensure staff development, strategic HCD to advance individual staff through their research

careers, ensuring alignment with the industrial development focus

  • Ensure that research groups remain industry and stakeholder relevant with national and

international standing

  • Ensure financial sustainability of the impact area
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  • Implement and comply with appropriate financial and business systems requirements,

including operational approvals

  • Promote a culture of science, engineering, and technology (SET) excellence and provide

RD&I leadership in multiple disciplines

  • Assume leadership in the provision of technical solutions to client’s needs
  • Engage with clients and industry partners to develop long-term relationships.

Qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • A Doctoral degree in architectural engineering, material science or related field with at least

eight years’ experience in strategic leadership and/or business management at a senior

level within the RDI sector

  • Minimum of eight years’ experience in the relevant RDI domain

Solid track record of:

  • Engaging with the target sector on a strategic level
  • Sound experience in managing a team of multi-disciplinary professions
  • Broad understanding of relevant technologies and their potential impact on competitiveness
  • SET capability building track record (HCD, R&D rigour and R&D infrastructure)
  • Ability to understand, integrate, and provide technical leadership across all domains of the

impact area

  • Ability to provide thought leadership and high-level conceptualisation
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Insight in science, engineering, and technology of the impact area to provide guidance on

RD&I direction

  • Business development and financial acumen
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Conflict management skills
  • Decisiveness and action orientation
  • Project and programme management skills
  • Strategic leadership and complexity management
  • An understanding and knowledge of the research to market ‘innovation’ value chain.
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