Manager Research Development

Company South African Civil Aviation Authority
Reference # Manager Research Development
Published 16/01/2019
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Midrand, Gauteng, South Africa
Conduct research and development (R&D) functions for SACAA in respect of technical aviation related topics which shall include but not limited to safety operations, aviation security, aviation infrastructure, ICAO compliance as well as conduct cost-benefit analysis; concept development; feasibility; safety risk and policy analyses thereof.
Job Functions Research and Development
Industries Aviation
Research and development:

Undertake collaborative and multi-disciplinary research in the following fields but not limited to aviation safety operations, aviation security, aviation infrastructure, ICAO compliance.
Conduct needs analysis and identify areas of research. Draft proposals, design questionnaires, discussion guides, compile presentations with minimal input from seniors. Perform any other R&D function when delegated by the Executive: Legal and Aviation Compliance
Manage research projects by collecting and analyzing information, applying appropriate research methodologies; making sound research recommendations and communicating the findings clearly.
Analyze the business and international trends on civil aviation topics and prepare thorough and well-organized reports;

Ensure that SACAA contributes to the national programme of development, by performing relevant knowledge generating research and transferring aviation skills and innovation that positions SACAA as a civil aviation hub of information and knowledge.

Leadership and Strategy development:

Draft and implement a research strategy for SACAA.
Maintain the repository of research topics and facilitate dissemination of research result.
Manage numbering and archiving system of the researched topics.
Record and monitor research project plans. Implement and maintain a research library.

Sourcing of Funding :

Ensure the attraction of R&D funding through the preparation of proposals, networking and lobbying with appropriate persons/institutions in order to generate appropriate funds to pursue the strategic objectives of the SACAA.
Develop and or contribute to the development of research funding proposals.

Publication of research results:

Publish research results
Present research programs at professional meetings and conferences.

Produce SACAA research reports or newsletters, popular articles, public lectures and information leaflets.

Deliver papers at conferences as a conference speaker (may be local conferences but includes international delegates)

Contribute to the wider dissemination of industry knowledge.

Stakeholder management :

Acquire relevant stakeholder background knowledge

Manage relationships with industry stakeholders

Liaise with the stakeholders on all aspects of research from briefings to presentations

Honors Degree with Research Methodology or Equivalent Qualification,
Ideal qualification:Master’s degree or higher in Aviation/ Engineering or any tertiary qualification deemed to be equivalent by the SA Qualifications Standards Authority.
5-7 years experience in Applicable Research and Statistical Analysis Experience
5-7 years Experience in Research Methodologies

The SACAA will process applications as soon as possible. If you have not heard from us within 90 days after your CV has been received by us, please consider your application unsuccessful.

Employment equity candidates will be preferred.

“All SACAA appointments are subject to S98 of the Civil Aviation Act, 13 of 2009 and all successful candidates will be subjected to security vetting”.
Job Closing Date 22/01/2019
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