Chief Data Systems
Dalitso Holdings
Pretoria, South Africa, Gauteng, ZA
6d ago

Qualifications and Experience :

  • Master’s degree in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Systems or related qualification
  • 10 years as a Senior Systems Engineer, Software Engineer or similar experience
  • 5 as head of technical systems team (management position)
  • Experience in agile systems and scrum will be an added advantage
  • Ability to communicate effectively in a range of communication styles to audiences in diverse situations.
  • Responsibilities of the role :

  • Perform regular analyses of critical metrics and assesses trends, deficiencies, improvement needs and decide on actions to be taken
  • Design, develop and implement an Earth observation data systems infrastructure aimed at realization of the business mandate and strategy
  • Continuously review technologies and ensure most up to date fit-for-purpose technology is being adopted
  • Provide data management and computer systems technical input in the development of value-added Earth observations products and services
  • Contribute to the performance and meeting of objectives and targets of the organization
  • Act in alignment with user needs and system functionality to contribute to organizational policy
  • Identify problematic areas and implement strategic solutions in time
  • Ensure the short-term and long-term data systems view is maintained and implemented
  • Adhere to national & international approved data and systems governance standards and associated interaction with compliance and audit functions and authorities
  • Preserve assets, information security and control structures
  • Ensure security of data, network access and backup systems
  • Monitor risks to data and systems constantly and consistently, identify and address risks including deviations and contraventions
  • Define and oversee the integration and maintenance of the ground and virtual data receiving systems, system terminals and data dissemination platforms (integration across all systems : internal, supplier and user systems)
  • Keep abreast of relevant technology and engage in knowledge generation and sharing (publications, conferences, webinars, workshop)
  • Identify opportunities and build collaborations internally, nationally and internationally
  • Apply systems engineering and acquisition management principles.
  • Design and implement the appropriate ICT infrastructure to manage EO data
  • Plan, organize, control and evaluate computer and data systems operations based on approved systems architecture
  • Inform the infrastructure requirements and readiness for the receipt, translation and dissemination of EO data
  • Implement metrics for performance monitoring and continuous improvement (e.g. systems uptimes, cost of systems availability, usage ratios, added value, etc.)
  • Provide ground segment requirements and specification during satellite mission planning projects
  • maintenance of procedures for effective data management.
  • Continually review data management strategies.
  • Ensure data management systems with appropriate databases are in place
  • Ensure formulation and development of robust software engineering applications for data management and processing (acquisition to dissemination) and production of value-added products.
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