Status: Closed |  Closed on: 14 August 2020
Ref: DIR/EES/01

Amongst others, the successful applicant will be expected to perform the following duties

  • Provide leadership, management and supervision of the facilities management, estate management and fleet management teams in line with organisational policies.
  • Develop and administer annual departmental budget.
  • Manage both Engineering, Waste Management, Hygiene and Waste Recycling, as well as Horticultural Contracts and Services functions.
  • Provide guidance and assistance with implementation and facilitation of key infrastructure development projects.
  • Oversee proper maintenance of NZG infrastructure (as well as the whole Institute), assets, animal enclosures, landscape, and all fleet and horticultural equipment, including the nursery.
  • Be responsible for the design and maintenance of landscape, and management of design of NZG surveying activities such as estate plans and drawings.
  • Ensure compliance to relevant legislation and policy requirements.
  • Develop relationship with stakeholders, contractors, consultants and government agencies.

Minimum requirements

  • Sc. (Hons)(Engineering)/ B. Engineering (Hons) or any relevant NQF Level 8 qualification in Civil/Structural/Construction Engineering or Architecture.
  • Project Management certificate, preferably in Construction.
  • Registration with a professional body (eg. Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), South African Council for the Project and Constructional Management Profession (SACPCMP) etc.
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Ten (10) years’ experience in horticulture and/or facilities management and/or construction site management and/or capital project management and/or maintenance of diverse and technically demanding facilities and project implementation. Five (5) years’ experience must be in a middle management position.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in managing contracts, contractors, sub-contracts, suppliers, legislative compliance and documentation.
  • Knowledge of facilities and landscape design, maintenance processes, fleet management procedures, nursery management, hygiene and waste management plus operational outputs.
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Application process

  1. An application form obtainable from our Offices must be accompanied by a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum requirements are met. Applicants lacking evidence of relevant experience will not be considered.
  2. Applicants must also provide the names and contact details of at least three referees
  3. A skills test, competency assessment and background checks will be conducted as part of the selection process
  4. Failure to submit the requested information may result in your application not being considered.

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups.

Forward the completed application form, a letter, and concise CV via e-mail to

Postal applications are to be addressed to:

Chief Director: Human Resources,
South African National Biodiversity Institute,
Pretoria or Private Bag X101,

Candidates are expected to be available for interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI.  

Closes: Friday, 14 August 2020
Location: Pretoria
Job type: Permanent
Salary package: R905 145 – R1 267 201

Mr Maano Netshiombo
Cell: 082 453 0497



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