R&D Manager/CTO (Umhlanga)

IT – Analyst, Data Management
Durban – KwaZulu Natal

LEAD the technology strategy and innovation through development of products as the next R&D Manager/CTO to join the Umhlanga team of a UK-based provider of cutting-edge Safety & Security Solutions. You will further support and mentor a team of Engineers, Technicians, Draftsmen, Software Devs, and Project Managers, ensuring organisational needs are achieved whilst simultaneously managing both internal and external customer relationships and expectations. You must have a Degree/Diploma in Electronic Engineering/Computer Engineering with 10 years’ experience within an R&D environment & a proven track record of previous results and improvements.
  • Work with external stakeholders to the company and to the Engineering team.
  • Maintain a long-term view on the use of technology for innovation.
  • Work with stakeholders across the business, advocating for, and distilling technical requirements.
  • Structure the team to meet business goals inc. the hiring of R&D personnel as required.
  • Establish project goals and priorities by collaborating with Marketing and Operations.
  • Lead and drive projects to support business goals through the leadership and focussing of the R&D team, individual Project Development teams as well as individuals.
  • Mentor, guide and motivation the team to create sustainable depth within the department.
  • Define new technologies, products and process.
  • Identify and manage key suppliers / technology partners.
  • Develop concepts, products and solutions by working with company business units.
  • Development (where ineffective) and monitoring of team metrics and objectives to ensure goals are met.
  • Suggest training tools to enhance employee performance and skill development.
  • Document all phases of New Project Introduction using the correct development procedures.
  • Investigate new technologies.
  • Understand both internal & external customer expectations along with R&D team capabilities.
  • Manage internal & external customer relationships and expectations.
Qualifications –
  • Diploma in Electronic Engineering, OR BSc Electronic Engineering OR BSc Computer Engineering.
Experience/Skills –
  • Minimum of 10 years’ experience within an R&D environment.
  • Proven track record of previous results and improvements.
  • Has high attention to detail, strong mathematical and financial skills.
  • Technical and Mechanical Skills and aptitude’s.
  • Exceptional team management skills.
  • Ability to delegate efficiently.
  • Extensive industry knowledge with an eye towards the future.
  • Target and result driven.
  • Independent & self-disciplined.
  • Motivating and leading cross-functional teams.
  • Creative problem-solving.
  • Effective negotiation and vendor management skills.
Advantageous –
  • Experience in Automotive and Informatics technologies.
  • Secure Cloud computing experience.
  • Hands-on experience with complex Project Management.
  • Critical Thinker.
  • Self-Motivated.
  • Observant & inquisitive.
  • Humble and approachable.
  • Structured but flexible, ability to create order out of chaos and multitask.
  • Have a shared vision to create innovative, sustainable products and to bring ideas to life.
  • Be able to think, plan and operate creatively out of the ordinary box.
  • Passionate about innovation and research into new products & technologies.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication.