Centre Manager Position

TUKSNOVATION NPC is a proudly University of Pretoria’s, Business Technology Incubator and Accelerator that invites applications to the position of:



 5 Year fixed term contract, subject to the successful completion of a 6 (six) months’ probation period.


Main Purpose of the Position:

The main purpose of this position is to provide effective leadership in fulfilling the mandate of TuksNovation NPC (“the Company”) and to meet its strategic goals and objectives. The successful candidate will be responsible to lead and manage the Company under the direction of the Board of Directors.


​Closing date 23 March 2021


  • Preferred Minimum Qualifications  and Experience: A relevant university degree at Honors level in either Engineering, Information Technology (IT) / Business Management / Finance or equivalent • A relevant Master’s degree will be an added advantage • At least 5-7 years’ experience in a high – tech entrepreneurial environment • Successful track record in formulation of business strategy and corporate governance • Broad understanding of the SMME environment in South Africa • People management acumen • Strong Financial management and leadership skills • A proven record of building businesses and/or establishing funding networks.


  • Key Performance Areas: Act as an Accounting Officer for the Company • Provide strategic leadership • Guide a cohesive high performance team • Develop a funding model and fundraising for the sustainability of the Company • Ensure that the Company  is strategically well positioned in respect of public relations • Build local and International networks supportive of enterprise development • Ensure that relevant strategies impacting on Enterprise Development are fully implemented and executed.


  • Preferred Knowledge and Skills: The candidate must have  proven senior management experience including working with Boards – experience in working with industry, Government are added advantages and a general understanding of the requirements of the Public Finance Management Act ( “PFMA’).

  • Critical Competencies and Skills: Negotiation and excellent communication skills (written and verbal) • High level of emotional intelligence • Strong business management skills • People and stakeholder management • Inspirational leadership skills • Team building skills •Ability to network with stakeholders and obtain buy – in on crucial matters affecting the Company.


  • Additional Competencies:  Analytical and Synthesizing • Planning • Innovation • Change management • Presentation skills.


  • Salary: A maximum CTC package can be negotiated.
    ◊  The appointee will report to the Board and will be required to sign a limited duration fixed term employment contract and an annual performance agreement. The Company is based in Pretoria on the University of Pretoria, Hatfield campus.

    ◊ To apply for this position, interested applicants are required to forward a comprehensive CV together with a maximum of 2 pages covering letter stating reasons for being the candidate of choice and vision for TuksNovation NPC. A list of at least 3 contactable references must also be included in your CV. All Candidates, by applying agree to take a skills or assessment evaluation should they be shortlisted.

TuksNovation reserves the right not to make an appointment. If you did not receive any response within two months of the closing date, please accept that your application was not successful and no correspondence will be entered into.

Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Regret correspondence will only be with the interviewed candidates.

Please send your application to the Chair of Board: Professor Sunil Maharaj, e-mail: chair@tuksnovation.co.za

Send your enquiries to sunil.maharaj@up.ac.za with the heading ‘TuksNovation CM position’

Closing Date: 23 March 2021

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