Job Details

  • Reference number: E240104
  • Type of engagement:
  • Posted: February 6th
  • Remuneration package: The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R961 360 to 1131011 p/a.

Background to Position

Senior Manager    

(Payclass 12; Permanent)

Estates and Custodial Services 

Properties and Services Department

We invite suitable candidates to apply for the permanent Senior Manager position. The successful candidate will be part of the Properties & Services (P&S) team, within Estates & Custodial Services.

The main purpose of this position is to manage operations and support the Office of the Director Estates & Custodial Services (E&CS) to deliver the E&CS strategic objectives. It contributes to the development and the strategic direction of E&CS and plays a deputising role to the Director.

Job Description


  • Supporting the Office of the Director.
  • Accountable for the optimal functioning of specialised operations work areas, taking control of a number of 
  • inter-related, specialised operations processes. 
  • Responsible for all administration, operations, finance, and management issues.
  • Responsible for project and program management, across the unit.
  • Responsible for the governance, risk, and compliance across the unit.
  • Managing the workload and resources within the unit, for efficient workflow.
  • Providing authoritative advice in the context of widely varying circumstances, recommending, or providing 
  • influential input to policy or systems development on the basis of expertise in the area.
  • Integrating and liaising directly with other sectors of the university.
  • Assumes some of the functions of the Director, having vested decision-making authority for certain matters.

Inherent Criteria

Requirements for this post:

  • NQF 7 in a commercial, operations, or related field 
  • Minimum experience: 5 years relevant experience, PLUS at least 3 years in a leadership role in an operation and/or Customer Service Environment


  • Experience in a Real Estate Management Environment.
  • Valid driver’s licence


  • Strong stakeholder management skills
  • Sound systems and process mapping and management skills
  • Report writing and information management skills.
  • Effective leadership skills
  • Ability to plan and organise operations and workflows.
  • Resource management skills

Application Requirement

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to Mr. Ian Petersen at

  • UCT Application Form (download at
  • Cover letter that speaks to the specific requirements of the position
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) including a one-page executive summary
  • Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. 
  • An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test and pre-placement medical tests.

Telephone: 021 650 2163 Website:

Reference number: E240104 Closing date: 09 February 2023

“UCT is a designated employer and is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its 

equity targets in accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its Employment Equity goals and 

targets. Preference will be given to candidates from the under-represented designated groups. Our Employment 

Equity Policy is available at “

UCT reserves the right not to appoint

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.