Chief Engineer: Structural Design
Western Cape Government
Cape Town
9d ago

Job Purpose

The Department of Transport and Public Works, Western Cape Government seeks to employ a Structural Chief Engineer to perform and manage all aspects of varied innovative and complex engineering activities that result in progress in technology and engineering applications and provide strategic direction in the process.

This position is stationed in Cape Town.

Minimum Requirements

  • Civil Engineering degree (B Eng / BSC (Eng) or relevant qualification in Civil Engineering; A minimum of 6 years post qualification experience;
  • Compulsory registration with ECSA as a Professional Engineer; A valid driving licence.


  • Post graduate studies in the field; Extensive Integrated Structural design-team management; Direct supervision of candidates during their Professional Development Program with ECSA;
  • Publications and Papers published.

    Key Performance Areas

  • Engineering design and analysis effectiveness : Perform final review and approvals or audits on new engineering designs according to design principles or theory;
  • Co-ordinate design efforts and integration across disciplines to ensure seamless integration with current technology; Pioneering of new engineering services and management methods.

  • Maintain engineering operational effectiveness : Manage the execution of maintenance strategy through the provision of appropriate structures, systems and resources;
  • Set engineering maintenance standards, specifications and service levels according to organizational objectives to ensure optimum operational availability;
  • Monitor maintenance efficiencies according to organizational goals to direct or redirect engineering services for the attainment of organizational objectives.

  • Governance : Allocate, control, monitor and report on all resources; Compile risk logs and manages significant risk according to sound risk management practice and organizational requirements;
  • Provide technical consulting services for the operation on engineering related matters to minimize possible engineering risks;
  • Manage and implement knowledge sharing initiatives e.g. short-term assignments and secondments within and across operations, in support of individual development plans, operational requirements and return on investment;
  • Continuously monitor the exchange and protection of information between operations and individuals to ensure effective knowledge management according to departmental objectives.

  • Financial Management : Ensure the availability and management of funds to meet the MTEF objectives within the engineering environment / services;
  • Manage the operational capital project portfolio for the operation to ensure effective resourcing according to organizational needs and objectives;
  • Manage the commercial value add of the discipline-related programmes and projects; Facilitate the compilation of innovation proposals to ensure validity and adherence to organizational principles;
  • Allocate, control and monitor expenditure according to budget to ensure efficient cash flow management.

  • People management : Manage the development, motivation and utilization of human resources for the discipline to ensure competent knowledge base for the continued success of engineering services according to organizational needs and requirements;
  • Manage subordinates’ key performance areas by setting and monitoring performance standards and taking actions to correct deviations to achieve departmental objectives.


  • Knowledge of the following : Programme and Project Management; Financial Management; Engineering, legal and operational compliance;
  • Engineering operational communication; Process knowledge and skills; Maintenance skills and knowledge; Mobile equipment operating skills;
  • Engineering design and analysis knowledge; Research and development; Computer-aided engineering applications; Creating high performance culture;
  • Technical consulting; Engineering and professional judgement; Strategic capability and leadership; Communication (written and verbal) skills in at least two of the official languages of the Western Cape Province;
  • People Management, Planning and organising.

  • Behavioural competencies : Problem solving and analysis; Decision making; Team leadership; Creativity; Customer focus and responsiveness;
  • Conflict management, Negotiation and Change Management skills.


    All-inclusive salary package of R 991,281 per annum (as per OSD prescripts).

    Note on remuneration :

    Note on remuneration : Cost-to-employer (CTE) remuneration packages for certain occupation-specific dispensations (OSD), the middle-

    management service (MMS) and contract positions are inclusive of all costs related to service benefits or obligations including basic salary, 13th cheque, medical assistance, housing assistance, pension-

    fund contributions, etc. MMS remuneration packages are flexible and may be individually structured as prescribed. Where remuneration is not indicated as CTE, employees' service benefits or obligations are funded or co-

    funded in terms of the applicable prescripts or collective agreements.


    Note : Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

    Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit copies of their documentation for verification purposes. These candidates will be required to attend interviews on a date and time as determined by the department.

    The selection process will be guided by the EE targets of the employing department.

    Kindly note that technical support is only available from Monday to Friday from 8 : 00 to 16.00. Should you experience any difficulties with your online application you may contact the helpline at 0861 370 202.

    Please ensure that you submit your application before the closing date as no late applications will be considered.

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