Research Group Leader: Passenger Transport

Natebo Consulting

Salary: R50 000.00 ‚Äď R80 000.00 Per Month
Job Type: Permanent
Sectors: Engineering Government & Parastatals Technology
Reference: 1915450
Employment Equity Position
Apply before Oct 22 2022

Vacancy Details

Employer: Natebo Consulting

Key responsibilities:

·         Lead the research group to deliver on the impact area strategic plan

·         Continuously build the research group to be responsive to current and future transport challenges in South Africa and partner countries

·         Establish the research group as a national leader in passenger transport applied research, with international recognition

·         Propose, plan and implement Parliamentary Grant (PG) and other grant-funded projects and programmes, in consultation with the Impact Area Manager (IAM) to enhance the technical strength of the research group

·         Manage projects and programmes through robust and integrated planning

·         Coordinate deliverables to fulfil project requirements

·         Conceptualise innovate solutions to fulfil project and programme requirements

·         Responsible for project coordination and planning, often with multidisciplinary teams, to ensure projects are delivered on brief, budget and time

·         Develop the business

·         Manage the quality of the outputs (i.e. proposals, reports, client presentations, etc.) to ensure they are responsive

·         Build and maintain client responsive teams

Qualifications, skills and experience:

·         A doctorate in transport engineering, operations research, applied mathematics, transport economics, computer science, systems engineering, or equivalent, with at least ten years’ relevant working experience in transport systems and operations

·         Should preferably be at a principal researcher level or at least a senior researcher on the research career path (with publication history)

·         Registered professional scientist or engineer would be an added advantage

·         Good understanding of transport operations and the built environment domains in South Africa

·         Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills

·         Ability to work in a methodical manner is essential

·         Ability to carry out strategic stakeholder interactions at all levels

·         Excellent business management skills (i.e. budgeting, establishing networks, excellent people skills, etc.)

·         Ability to present ideas, concepts, plan and procedures

·         Excellent people management skills (i.e. mentorship, coaching diversity and diversity management).




Our client is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to the Employment Equity Act of 1998. By applying for this position, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the client may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history. The client reserves the right to remove the advertisement at any time before the stated closing date and it further reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Required Skills

  • applied mathematics : 10 years or more
  • operations research : 10 years or more
  • research group leader : 10 years or more
  • transport engineering : 10 years or more
  • Smart Mobility : 10 years or more

Candidate Requirements

Our client is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.


About the job: Our client has a vacancy for a Research Group Leader in the Transport Systems and Operations impact area within the Smart Mobility Cluster. The incumbent will provide leadership by increasing the impact of the research group through science, engineering and technology (SET) excellence in areas that include public transport service design, transport economics, transport safety, decision support through improved transport modelling techniques and mobility foresight research. The research group seeks to generate new knowledge and contribute towards methodological and technological improvements to support well-functioning transport networks for society and industry.

About Natebo Consulting

Natebo Consulting was officially launched in 2018, however the Managing Director has over 10 years as a Generalist Recruiter in executive search of permanent, temporary and contractors.
As part of our growth strategy we have forged strong relationships with leading and reputable consulting firms which in turn has enabled us to enjoy significant access to human and technological resources constantly re-inventing our brand and keeping abreast with trends in our respective industry and the economy at large. These ties with other firms leverage our capability to generate and share knowledge & experience at our disposal and cutting edge methodologies.
Natebo Consulting is a dynamic 100% Black female owned consulting firm in the PWD Learnerships& Recruitment, Talent Management, Training & Development, Head Hunting, Executive Search, Business Processes Outsourcing & Project Management.
Our services are not limited to the above, we have subsidiary companies that are involved in community building through skills development within the construction, farming, and early childhood development spheres.
Our headquarters are based in Johannesburg, however we have a footprint is throughout the African continent we have clients as far as Mauritius, Angola, Mozambique & Lesotho and recently we have acquired a new client in China for English Teachers.
To become top of the month service provider within the Talent acquisition and Management space both locally and internationally.
We strive to be one of the leading talent acquisition and management organisations of choice to our clients by delivering excellent service, adhering to agreed turnaround times & consistency in meeting our client’s needs.
ÔāßEthical Behaviour
ÔāßHonesty & Integrity
ÔāßRespecting both the client and candidate

Our team is made up of experienced freelance/ad hoc specialists who are qualified and accredited in the following areas:
Recruitment and Selection
a)Strategy Planning and Implementation
b)Organisational Development
c)Training and Development
d)Business Process Outsourcing
e)Project Management
f)PWD recruitment

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