Technology Innovation Agency: Portfolio Manager

Company Technology Innovation Agency
Reference # TIA/01/04/2021
Published 09/04/2021
Contract Type Permanent
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) is a talent driven, customer- centric and impact focused organisation. In our endeavour to support technology innovation with socio-economic outcomes; we seek to infuse the organisation with team players that find resonance as value creators, agile thinkers, progressive attitudes, customer-centricity, dynamic work ethic and an optimistic disposition. We aim to harness these attributes in a manner that they culminate into a culture of teamwork, impact and accountability.

In executing its mandate, the organisation provides funding and non-funding support to stimulate innovation so that it provides a catalytic impact to the economy whilst improving people’s lives and protecting the environment.

The Agency endeavours to promote the careers of previously disadvantaged persons by applying the principles of the Employment Equity Act, as amended.

The Agency reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Job Functions Investments
Industries Science & Technology
Job Purpose:
To deliver a strategy aligned portfolio of successful technology innovation projects with plans to move from one Technology Readiness Level (TRL) to the next towards full commercialisation.


•Assist the head to develop divisional budgets and forecasts for EXCO and Board approval
•Monitor and track performance against budget (operations and projects)
•Manage and monitor the timeous disbursement of funding to ensure optimal operation of technology and innovation projects.
•Identify new funding opportunities and raise additional income from third party investors.
•Manage repayment obligations by funded projects to TIA (equity and royalties, investments and loans)

Stakeholder Relations Plan
•Provide input into the formulation of a Stakeholder relationship strategy specific to the Business Unit.
•Develop or contribute to media publications on any aspect related to the role
•Build an effective eco system around the portfolio including key stakeholder relations.
•Participate in events, meetings, workshops and conferences by giving input, avail skill, competency and expertise.

Internal Processes
•Adhere to all relevant policies and frameworks is maintained
•Comply with all TIA systems (fund management, performance management, HR, finance, Stakeholder information, etc.) is maintained
•Resolved all portfolio audit matters are
•Ensure that project information is accurately and completely recorded on the fund management system, or similar
•Ensure timeous and accurate reporting as per requirements
•Assist applicants with building a fundable opportunity and to assess investment opportunities
•Provides support and assistance to projects to achieve their milestones
•Pro-actively identify of project risks and portfolio opportunities, together with project teams
•Perform technical due diligence on TIA projects and programmes
•Efficiently managed all aspects of the project life cycle, from sourcing to exit
•Facilitate the Commercialisation of TIA projects and investments
•Build a pipeline of investment opportunities for the strategic technology areas

Governance and Compliance
•Adhere to all governance and compliance policies and procedures of TIA
•Ensure compliance with Legislation, e.g. PFMA and National Treasury Guidelines;
•Ensure compliance to all relevant accounting Standards, Policies and Frameworks; and
•Ensure Compliance with TIA Standard Operating Procedures
•Enter into a performance agreement with the organisation
•Achieve key performance targets as set in the performance agreement.
•Review own, Unit and Divisional performance against agreed performance standards
•Identify and implement development opportunities to ensure continuous improvement of work effectiveness and efficiency

Qualifications and Experience:
•A degree in Life Sciences
•Preferred: A Masters’ Degree in the Life Sciences, with emphasis in Human Health.
•An appropriate business qualification would be an advantage
•3 years’ experience within an innovation management environment
•Preferred: 3 years innovation management experience plus 2 years’ experience in a commercial or portfolio management context, with demonstrable experience in the ability to evaluate opportunities for funding recommendation

Technical Skills / Competencies:

•Communication Skills
•Intra and Interpersonal relationship skills
•Strong people management skills,
•Strong stakeholder facilitation skills
•Computer skills
•Report writing skills
•Analytical and interpretation skills
•Financial Management skills
•Budget management skills
•Strong Project management experience
•Strong presentation skills (for presentations to internal and external audiences).

Job Closing Date 26/04/2021