Vacancy: Research and Development Manager

Applications close on: August 31, 2024
Market Related
Research and Development
Reporting to:
Full Time
South Africa

Short Summary

The Research and Development (R&D) Manager will be overseeing the creation new and enhanced products that ate innovative, of the highest quality and mechanically sound. This is done through the team’s long term and short term (Agile) project management. The Research and Development (R&D) Manager will lead a team of Radio Frequency (RF) Engineers, Industrial Designers, Mechanical Engineers, Industrial Engineers and Lab Support technicians.

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Key Responsibilities

Project Management (PM)

  • Ensure the R&D team develops products according to time, quality and cost constraints by managing the team’s:
    • Timescales (long and short term “Agile” progress)
    • Implement regular product design reviews
    • Plan around and mitigate product and project risks
    • Processes are followed and improved where possible
    • Products and document completed
    • Product budgets are maintained and improved for longer term high volume products
    • Production quality and issues are addressed timeously.
    • New product tooling is checked and approved
    • Liaise and effectively communicate product requirements with local and international suppliers\
    • Communicate product progress, risks, etc.

Products Management (PdM)

  • Ensure that the products being developed align with the PdM’s documented requirements.
  • Enable a culture of product innovation and improvement throughout the team.
  • Provide technical consultancy to the rest of the company and externally where required (through assigning the relevant engineer or technician)
  • Provide inputs to internal and external stakeholders for product launches, modifications and end of line products.
  • Manage and investigate new industry design methodologies, tools, etc.
  • Assure our products are designed according to specifications & compliance.

Industrial Design

  • Improve design on current products to reduce manufacture costs
  • Design and develop new products
  • Provide production support, e.g.: assembly, test instructions and training
  • Test/ qualify products against international standards
  • Development of production and test equipment including documentation packs for China and local Production
  • Investigation and fault finding on current/new designs
  • Draw up new product design and qualification specifications


Research and be up to date with new product technologies, product design methodologies, production technologies, components and solutions.

People Management

  • Leads, mentors and motivates the team achieve personal development targets.
  • Setting of development KPAs that positively impact the business.
  • Develop talent by assignment of projects that will grow each individual.
  • Enhance innovation throughout the team.
  • Empower the team through delegation and continuous improve initiatives

Skills & Knowledge

  • Research and Development
  • Business Skills
  • Computer Skills
  • Writing Skills

Personal Attributes

  • Communication skills
  • Planning and Organising
  • Creativity
  • Research
  • Attention to detail
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Forward Thinking
  • Self-driven & Assertive

Administration and Reporting

  • General correspondence and administration completed accurately and timeously
  • Email, inbox and data managed timeously and effectively
  • Professional image maintained in all communication
  • All reporting and feedback requirements met, and reports completed accurately and timeously, according to company requirements
  • Adhere to departmental processes and standard operating procedures
  • Supply statistics and information as requested.


  • The Poynting brand: we value the promotion of the brand by maximising exposure of brand symbols and colours on products in marketing. We ensure our behaviour and products embody the brand with the promises outlined here.
  • Innovation, use of MVPs and agile development methodologies are core values to create user-relevant products. We value similar methodologies to streamline internal functions and to galvanise and empower sales partners and provide creative marketing support.
  • Fearless Initiative and Risk-Taking: We cherish bold and assertive employees and teams who dare to take initiative and embrace calculated risks. We celebrate failures as stepping stones to progress and forgive mistakes that result from genuine efforts to advance our business.
  • Teamwork and Synergy: Vulnerability, honesty, mutual trust and integrity are nurtured and demanded as these are key drivers of team excellence.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We embrace diversity and strive to provide equal opportunities to all, recognizing the substantial commercial and internal benefits it unlocks. We actively eliminate biases that hinder company diversity.
  • Global citizens: We value and take care of our environment, employees, other stakeholders and want to enrich societies around us. We welcome and immerse ourselves in different world cultures since this is key to achieving our Vision.

Qualification & Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree, Masters or Ph.D. in Engineering and/or strong leadership experience and/or a strong technical acumen & expertise in the specific domain of the company's operations (e.g. products, technology, engineering, etc.).
  • Proven experience in a relevant role
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to prioritize tasks, allocate resources effectively, and meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with relevant tools, software, and emerging technologies in the industry such as SolidWorks
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing teams, fostering a culture of innovation, and inspiring creativity.

How to Apply

Please send applications to:
Poynting Antennas (Pty) Ltd
[email protected]
Attention to: Human Resources Department
Please mention in the subject: APL/PA-HR01– Your Name
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