Chief Executive Officer

Company Technology Innovation Agency
Reference # TIA26/09/2019
Published 18/10/2019
Contract Type Permanent/Contract
5 Years
Salary Market Related
Location Menlyn, Gauteng, South Africa
Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is a talent driven, customer- centric and impact focused organisation. In our endeavour to support technology innovation with socio-economic outcomes, we seek to infuse the organisation with team players that find resonance as value creators, agile thinkers, progressive attitudes, customer-centricity, dynamic work ethic and an optimistic disposition. We aim to harness these attributes in a manner that they culminate into a culture of teamwork, impact and accountability.
In executing its mandate, the organisation provides funding and non-funding support to stimulate innovation so that it provides a catalytic impact to the economy whilst improving people’s lives and protecting the environment.
Job Functions Executive Management
Industries Investments,Science & Technology
Purpose of the Position:
This role will be responsible to develop, drive and deliver a clearly defined Vision, Mission and Strategy for TIA through the leadership of the Organisation’s human capital, processes, systems and all other relevant resources.

Strategic Management:
•Responsible for Strategic Management and implementation of projects aligned with the TIA mandate and Strategic Objectives.
•Responsible for the development and driving the implementation of the Organisation’s five - year Strategic plans, Vision and Objectives.
•Oversee the development of Annual Operational Plans, Annual Performance Plans and reporting prescribed by the National Treasury Regulations and Guidelines.
•Ensure the Values, Vision, Mission and Strategy is articulated within all the Divisions.
•Ensure effective and efficient Risk Management within all the Divisions. Identify risks and take action to mitigate them.
•Act as a Thought Leader on matters relating to Technology Innovation and the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
•Drive a culture of professionalism, delivery, efficiency and urgency in the organisation.
•Oversee all operational and business activities to ensure they produce the desired results and are consistent with the overall strategy of the organisation.
•Ensure operational procedures, policies and standards are followed.
•Oversee effective financial, commercial and people management.
•Identify evaluate and communicate important industry trends that are likely to impact each of the Divisions and the Organisation.
•Ensure optimisation of funding initiatives.
•Overall responsibility for the performance of all Divisions within TIA.
•Review financial and non-financial reports to identify risk, devise solutions or improvements.
•Ensure organisational compliance with legislation as appropriate.
•Ensure successes are celebrated and communicated to staff and stakeholders.

Operations Management
•Oversee the development and implementation or work plans to guide the implementation of projects.
•Ensure communication, knowledge sharing and interdependence across Divisions to maximise efficiency in the organisation.
•Apply forward-thinking to re-imagine organisational processes in line with client requirements to create value within specified time periods
•Make use of analytics for decision-making and forecasting purposes.
•Approve the costing of projects in line with delegation of authority.
•Understand and define the key requirements to take initiatives to the market.
•Oversee due diligence on applications before approval and during execution. Interact with external parties and internal parties for applications and input on active projects.
•Determine the appropriate next stage to follow on projects and pro-actively engage with appropriate sponsors to socialise the projects and attract next stage funding and keep momentum of project going.
•Oversee negotiation of contracts with stakeholders.

Financial Management
•Responsible for the approval and presentation of the annual budget for TIA in line with the PFMA.
•Ensure the financial focus is aligned to the strategy of the organisation.
•Obtain approval for multi-year disbursement targets.
•Make decisions around how and where awarded funds are utilised.
•Monitor and advise staff on achieving disbursement targets.
•Procure, manage and supervise third- party contractors or service providers.
•Monitor and evaluate all projects to ensure successful completion within agreed parameters.
•Proactively investigate and action any items of over expenditure.
•Oversee risk and compliance for TIA and raise any areas of concern.
•Raise additional funding
Governance, Risk Management and Management Reporting
•Consolidate, approve and submit monthly, quarterly and annual reports on the performance of TIA.
•Participate in quarterly feedback sessions with the Department of Science and Technology.
•Conduct risk assessments and have oversight on the risk the matrix for all the Divisions.
•Approve the submission of monthly and quarterly risk reports.
•Oversee annual audit exercises and actively drive the resolution of audit findings.
•Ensure compliance with applicable legislation as required.
•Ensure compliance with regards to the implementation of policies and procedures.
•Proactively identify and address internal and external challenges to protect the organisation.

Stakeholder Management
•Identify, build and nurture trust and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
•Lead conversations with industry around issues and specialisation. Act as an industry expert.
•Interact closely with the Minister, the Board, government officials, the public and other stakeholders in maintaining positive relationships for the organisation.
•Engage with industry stakeholders to position the organisation strategically.

Quality Management
•Ensure alignment of all work processes to the required quality standards.
•Proactively identify continual improvement strategies.
•Monitor agreed quality initiatives ensuring that they are aligned to business processes and delivered as agreed.

People Management
•Prepare Divisional performance contracts for direct reports twice a year.
•Oversee the preparation of performance contracts for all staff in line with HR Guidelines.
•Conduct Divisional reviews for direct reports twice a year.
•Define and drive performance within the various Divisions.
•Initiate change initiatives required to enhance the Divisions’ effectiveness.
•Ensure key roles are staffed with appropriately experienced employees.
•Oversee employee selection to ensure the organisation operates effectively.
•Oversee the implementation of succession planning and talent management within TIA.
•Ensure talent is retained through people management processes.
•Create a supportive learning environment.
•Coach and mentor people to achieve higher performance.
•Ensure general discipline and compliance in the areas of responsibility and ensure corrective action is taken on all misconduct incidents.
•Ensure adherence to all HR policies, procedures and requirements to ensure sound people practices.
•Monitor staff morale and address any issues of concern.
•Inspire and motivate staff.
Qualifications and Experience:
•A relevant degree on minimum NQF Level 9. (NQF Level 10 would be advantageous);
•12 - 15 years’ experience in technology innovation;
•7 – 10 years’ experience in technology development and / or commercialisation of technologies;
•Experience in the National System of Innovation would be beneficial;
•At least 8 years’ experience in a Senior Management role;
•Proven Leadership skills and experience in serving on Boards;
•Strong financial acumen, the ability to drive strategic development and improving operational performance; and
•Unquestionable integrity with the ability to inspire confidence and develop excellent relations with all stakeholders.

If the candidate does not possess the full qualification and experience as specified above but can demonstrate that they have an in-depth understanding and experience for the role, they will be considered.

Technical Skills / Competencies:
•Business acumen
•Commercial decision making
•Communication – written and verbal
•Financial Acumen
•Financial budgeting and reporting
•Judgment and decision-making
•Negotiation Skills
•Presentation Skills
•Results orientated
•Customer Centricity
•Impact and Influence

The Agency endeavours to promote the careers of previously disadvantaged persons by applying the principles of the Employment Equity Act , as amended.
Job Closing Date 04/11/2019
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