South Africa

Portfolio Manager: Technology Platforms

Company Technology Innovation Agency
Reference # TIA01/03/2021
Published 26/03/2021
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, 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.

The Agency endeavours to promote the careers of previously disadvantaged persons by applying the principles of the Employment Equity Act, as amended.

The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment.
Job Functions Investments
Industries Science & Technology
Job Purpose:

Identify opportunities for TIA to provide an enabling environment for South African innovators to engage in biotechnology research and development through the creation of technology platforms or shared facilities in strategic areas. The incumbent will identify opportunities, build concepts into fundable business cases and mobilise support from stakeholders and partners, and manage implementation of technology platforms.


•Assist with the development of the Technology platforms’ budgets and forecasts
•Monitor and evaluate TP’s activities to ensure the allocated budgets and other resources are used according to the operational plan or business plan
•Identify opportunities and facilitate the sourcing of additional funding and resources to support the various programmes.

•Create awareness of the unit’s offerings and services with potential customers
•Engage effectively with stakeholders and clients
•Effective reporting to internal and external stakeholders (DSI and others)
•Maintain an up to date stakeholder database and log of key stakeholder initiatives
•Ensure credible communication of the programme is developed and sustained.
•Participate in events, meetings, workshops and conferences by giving input, avail skill, competency and expertise.
Internal Processes
•Compliance with all TIA systems (performance management, HR, finance, Stakeholder information, fund management, reporting etc.)
•Adherence to all relevant policies and frameworks
•Review Platform business/operational plans and budgets to assess progress and implement corrective risk management measures
•Ensure standard operating procedure is followed; i.e.
oReview operational/ business plan in conjunction with external Stakeholder to ensure completeness,
oObtain approvals,
oCommunicate outcome,
oContract into agreements with successful applicants
oMonitor progress against targets
oreview activity progress and disbursements
•Manage exits, terminations and closures
•Assess, analyse and integrate information prior to capturing into the relevant system
•Ensure unit information is recorded and captured accurately on the FMS
•Streamline processes and procedures to maximize efficiency
•Stay abreast of related trends in the market
•Support the team in developing and implementing all relevant policies and frameworks.

Learning and Growth
•KPA’s are understood and achieved as agreed upon in the Performance agreement
•Review performance against agreed performance standards
•Live the values and culture of TIA
•Identify and implement development opportunities to ensure continuous improvement of work effectiveness and efficiency
•Departmental Information systems and tools are optimally utilized to execute core tasks
Qualifications and Experience:
•A four-year degree in Life Sciences
•A Masters’ degree in Life Sciences will be an advantage
•Minimum: Five years of post-qualification experience in innovation or technology development environment
•Direct experience in managing technology-based, large-scale programmes and/or projects will be an added advantage

Technical Skills / Competencies:

•Take Initiative: A mature, disciplined, self-starter with the ability to plan and execute own work with minimal supervision.
•Communication (written and verbal)
•Persuasive/influencing skills
•Interpersonal relationships
•Planning and execution
•Must be able to cope with pressure
•Programme / Project Management Skills
•Advanced computer literacy skills
•Applicable legislation and policies
•Analytical and interpretation skills
•Financial Management Skills
Job Closing Date 09/04/2021
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