Project Manager: Retail-Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather (R-CTFL) Master Plan

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is looking for a Project Manager to support implementation of the Retail-Clothing, Textiles, Footwear and Leather (R‑CTFL) Master Plan. 

Through a collaborative process, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic) and other government partners, business and labour stakeholders from several sectors and industries have developed and agreed on a set of Sector Master Plans. Each Master Plan reflects an analysis of the status quo and highlights priority interventions and actions needed to drive sector growth, competitiveness, investment, employment and transformation. Focused work is now needed at both a cross-sector and sector-specific level, to ensure continuous and impactful implementation of the Sector Master Plans.

TIPS has established a Project Management Unit (PMU) to support government and industry in realising the objectives of these Sector Master Plans. TIPS is seeking a full-time Senior Project Manager for the R-CTFL sector, to join as a member of the PMU on a 24-month fixed-term contract arrangement. The Sector Master Plan Project Manager will report to the Head of the TIPS PMU. You can find out about our work on this website.

The incumbent will be expected to facilitate implementation of the R-CTFL Sector Master Plan, planning, co-ordinating and leading initiatives within the Master Plan process, and monitoring and reporting on outcomes. The role requires skills in prioritisation and execution, problem-solving and strategic co-ordination. An essential requirement is the ability to build extensive stakeholder relationships with the relevant unions, private and public sector roleplayers, and to problem-solve as and when blockages arise. The incumbent will be expected to be able to work with business, labour and government at all levels.

Required experience, qualifications and qualities

The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Hold a proven track record in high-level business plan implementation, management and reporting.
  • Possess experience in managing multi-stream projects within a regulated environment – applying solid project planning and execution skills, and ensuring delivery against time, quality and budget/resource parameters.
  • Be experienced in leading, managing and co-ordinating multiple teams made up of various resources, including seconded resources, consultants and individuals who may not necessarily be direct reports.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead up, across and down multiple work streams and stakeholder groups.
  • Be skilled in liaising with senior leaders, officials and stakeholders from across industry and government – maintaining effective working relationships with project resources and sector stakeholders.
  • Possess outstanding communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues, motivate and manage diverse stakeholders – and to write and present in an impactful manner.
  • Be suitably qualified to operate in a complex business and project environment.

An understanding of the sector will be an added advantage.

Qualities of candidates who will be considered for this role include the following:

  • Tenacity and a willingness to take on challenges.
  • Proactive problem-solving capabilities.  
  • Self-motivated and decisive, while managing competing demands and resource constraints.
  • Takes personal accountability for delivery – and able to guide others to ensure an understanding of critical accountabilities of all partners, for delivery on Sector Master Plan outcomes.
  • Able to see both the big picture and pay attention to detail.
  • Skilled in motivating and leading various roleplayers, and in maintaining focus on the sector vision.
  • Strengths in championing open communication focused on project execution and speedy resolution of issues.

Job Description for the Project Manager: R-CTFL Sector Master Plan

  1. Develop a project plan for implementation of the Sector Master Plan, under the banner of the Sector Master Plans PMU, located at TIPS.
  2. Perform overarching project management functions related to the Sector Master Plan – including aligning various project streams, ensuring parallel delivery on milestones within defined time, budget and quality parameters, identifying and mitigating risks, and escalating issues where challenges arise.
  3. Proactively build relationships and collaborate with government and other social partners in driving the Sector Master Plan.
  4. Take overarching responsibility for the co-ordination and administration of Task Teams created under the auspices of the Sector Master Plan.
  5. Support the development of work plans for Task Teams, when required.
  6. Assist in resource identification, sourcing and allocation, as required, for implementation of the Sector Master Plan – including through liaison with relevant stakeholders.
  7. Create and maintain reporting systems and structures, and ensure regular reporting by all Task Teams – and the integration of such reports into a sector-specific progress report.
  8. Monitor progress against key deadlines and deliverables via Task Team reports, and in relation to the overarching Sector Master Plan.
  9. Work collaboratively with the PMU Project Manager and other members of the PMU – including other Sector Master Plan Project Managers – to ensure alignment, sharing of practices and fast-tracking of delivery.
  10. Represent the TIPS Sector Master Plan process when engaging with the dtic and industry roleplayers.
  11. Lead and/or support governance structures at national level (including, for example, Convenors Meetings, Project Steering Committee Meetings, and/or other national overarching structures that may be created).
  12. Support the Master Plan Executive Oversight Committee, as convened by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, and perform secretarial functions for said forum, if necessary.
  13. Maintain a Master Plan information repository, and ensure consistent saving of Sector Master Plan documents and deliverables.

Key Responsibility Areas (KRA)

   KRA

     Associated activities/ tasks

1.    System development/      refinement

  • Review and refine operating and reporting structures and formats, to support implementation of the Master Plan.
  • Implement and maintain information management protocols, as defined by the PMU.

2.    Review/ refinement of work, specifications and outcomes

  • Review, refine and update project implementation plan based on the Master Plan, for the consideration of relevant governance structures – ensuring they include clear outcomes and priorities, to build traction. 
  • Manage day-to-day project activities.
  • Manage project scope, changes to scope and risks.

3.    Project and stakeholder management

  • Perform project management functions: align project streams and milestones, coordinate and ensure delivery by Task Teams; identify and mitigate risks; address critical path deliverables; escalate challenges; assist in resource identification, sourcing and allocation.
  • Manage project and project stream expectations; delegate and manage delivery by supporting resources.
  • Chair/ support project meetings and provide secretariat services for core governance structures where required; maintain minutes and track actions.
  • Personally drive implementation of priority work packages and work streams where necessary.
  • Proactively address challenges, prioritising deliverables, problem-solving and unlocking obstacles.
  • Assist in mediation and negotiation as needed, to drive project targets.
  • Liaise with relevant role players and foster value-adding, trusted relationships; champion open communication and speedy problem resolution.
  • Promote awareness of and encourage buy-in into Sector Master Plan objectives.

4.    Monitoring and reporting

  • Develop/ refine templates to facilitate tracking and reporting on outcomes.
  • Ensure regular reporting by all Task Teams.
  • Monitor and track progress and provide integrated sector status reports - communicating these, as required, across leadership structures.

Who we are

Trade & Industrial Policy Strategies (TIPS) is an independent, non-profit, economic research institution based in Pretoria. It was established in 1996 to support economic policy development, with an emphasis on industrial policy, in South Africa and the region. TIPS has three main areas of work: trade and industrial policy; inequality and economic inclusion; and sustainable growth.

TIPS’s main objectives are to undertake in-depth economic analyses, especially at the industrial level; to provide quality research as the basis for improving industrial policy as well as broader economic development strategies; and to support an increasingly dynamic and evidence-based discourse on industrial policy and inclusive growth with academics, other researchers and stakeholders.

TIPS offers high-quality quantitative and qualitative research, project management, dialogue facilitation, capacity building and knowledge sharing. TIPS undertakes commissioned research, as well as policy papers and think pieces around industrial policy and economic development.

Application details

Closing date for applications: 2 August 2022

Non-South African applicants should have authority to work in South Africa. The role is expected to be based in Pretoria, with aspects of delivery undertaken virtually.

To apply, please send a short CV, a cover letter highlighting your interest for the position and how you match the requirements as well as a writing sample via e-mail to Edmore at Edmore@tips.org.za. Note that we will only consider applications with all of these components. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed applicants only.