Vacancy: Manager Social Sciences, South Africa – Permanent

Job position: Manager: Social Sciences 

Company name: Digby Wells Environmental

Job type: Permanent

Location: South Africa

Closing Dates: 29 March 2024

Job description: 

We are looking for someone who will be responsible for managing and developing the Social Sciences team and capabilities.

  • Provide strategic growth and direction for the department.
  • Effectively manage and review projects using the organisation’s methodology and principles ensuring they are delivered on time, within budget and against our quality standards.
  • Act as a key accounts manager for designated clients through regular meetings, networking, and fulfilling a project sponsor role.   
  • Provide project reporting and analytics to relevant stakeholders on department’s progress.
  • Effective financial management of department’s operations, this includes budgeting, forecasting, analysis etc.
  • Effective people management this includes, development, recruitment, coaching and mentoring, disciplining, succession planning and performance management.
  • Grow our market share through upselling and cross-selling the organisation’s services to new and existing clients.
  • Build and maintain relationship with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Management of workload schedules for the department thereby ensuring effecting workforce planning can be undertaken.  
  • Research new technological and legal developments and trends and communicate this to relevant stakeholders.
  • Manage the development, growth and technical output of the Social Sciences Services departments.
  • Provide specialist studies that integrate into the ESIA process as well as standalone specialist products.
  • Carry out field work under strenuous conditions.


New Business Development

  • Develop a business plan for the department which includes services and selling opportunities.
  • Act as a key account manager where required, identifying business opportunities and ensure that a client centric approach is maintained at all times.
  • Identify leads within the department and organise, plan and track proposals in response.
  • Co-ordinate and submit proposals.
  • Carry out legal audits with regards to relevant legislation.
  • Compile and write reports for submission to the client and necessary authorities.
  • Actively participating in business development and marketing activities.


Qualifications/Experience Required:

  • A Post Graduate degree in the relevant field.
  • Project Management Certificate would be beneficial.
  • 8 or more years’ experience in the relevant field, preferably within the consulting environment would be beneficial.
  • At least 8 years conducting specialist studies.
  • At least five years working in the resources industry. 
  • 8 or more years’ experience in developing or project managing the following services:
  • Socio-economic impact assessments,
  • Resettlement action plans; and
  • Local economic development plans.
  • Must have a driver’s licence.
  • Specialist studies relating to ESIA processes.
  • People Management principles.
  • Project management. 
  • Financial Management (Such as budgeting, forecasting etc.).
  • Customer Management.
  • Strong Report Writing.
  • Excellent mentorship and coaching skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (both verbal and written).


Salary range: Market Related based on experience.

Contact person: Bulelwa Tole

Contact phone Number: +11 789 9495

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