Lead System Engineer (Power and Infrastructure) at Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA)

Lead System Engineer (Power and Infrastructure) at Square Kilometre Array South Africa (SKA SA)

About the Position
SKA SA seeks to appoint a Lead System Engineer (Infrastructure and Power) to join our team based in Rosebank, Johannesburg. The successful incumbent will report to the Senior Manager: Infrastructure Projects.
Minimum education requirement: 

  • Degree in Electrical and/or Mechanical Engineering
  • Formal qualification in System Engineering

Minimum work experience required: 

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience as a Senior System Engineer, delivering system engineering for large complex systems

Duties include:

  • Ensuring all requirements are defined and documented in the specifications
  • Mentoring an identified Junior Engineer (and others) to fulfil this role in the future
  • Definition of all external interfaces to other work packages
  • Definition of all internal infrastructure and power interfaces
  • Ensure that verification events/procedures are defined and documented for all requirements
  • Execute and/or audit the execution of these verification events
  • Capture the verification results, and present the current status in compliance matrices
  • Ensuring, with assistance of the Logistics Engineer: Infrastructure and Power, that all ILS aspects are addressed
  • Ensuring, with assistance of the Configuration Controller, that all configuration management aspects are addressed, including audits and baselines
  • Lean and/or participate in audits (physical configuration audits, functional configuration audits)
  • Attend and participate in design reviews and technical work sessions

The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:

  • lead and mentor a team of young graduates
  • manage stakeholder interactions and relationships


  • developing specifications
  • requirement traceability
  • developing test plans and/or test procedures
  • developing interface control documents


  • configuration management
  • integrated logistics support
  • key technology areas such as electrical, electronics and mechanical
About The Employer
The South African SKA Project (SKA SA) is a project of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), administered by the National Research Foundation (NRF). SKA SA is responsible for coordinating Africa’s involvement in the design and construction of the Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope, the design and construction of the Karoo Array Radio Telescope (MeerKAT) and the African VLBI Network (AVN), as well as the development of skills required to design, build and operate these instruments.

As a business unit of the NRF, SKA SA is committed to employment equity and redress
Type of employment: Contract
Rosebank, Johannesburg, Gauteng