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Senior Manager: Middleware and System Integration - Department of... Pretoria

University of Pretoria

University of Pretoria Pretoria South Africa

4 weeks ago




pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, the University of
Pretoria wishes to invite applications for the following vacancy.

University of Pretoria's commitment to quality makes us one of the top
research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive
advantage in international science and technology development.

• To
oversee the Identity and Access management, the Java ADF development
and System Integration resources of the ITS Enterprise Systems’
Middleware and System integration team, prioritise work to be done, and
oversee the team members’ involvement in UP projects;
• Supervise
and ensure the effective and efficient operational management,
coordination, planning, provisioning, maintenance (installation,
configuration, upgrade and patching), user support, problem solving,
availability, performance/monitoring, backups... disaster recovery and
support (also after-hours) of all the applications, databases and
supporting software that are supported by the ITS Enterprise Systems’
Middleware and System integration team – including the Oracle Identity
and Access Management, Oracle WebCenter Portal, Oracle Java ADF and
Oracle Service Oriented Architect (SOA) platforms;
• Ensure
that the technical leads within the ITS Enterprise Systems’ Middleware
and System integration team reporting to this manager, conduct technical
investigations related to Identity and Access Management and System
Integration, to address new business requirements, enhance business
processes, improve performance and stability of business processes,
implement best practices, define strategies and plan towards
implementation of strategies;
• Manage
the budget and all software and service contracts, requisitions and
invoices pertaining to the corporate UP software within the
responsibility of the ITS Enterprise Systems’ Middleware and System
integration team;
• Supervise
the participation of the ITS Enterprise Systems’ Middleware and System
integration team in UP and ITS project activities, and ensure that
project goals are met.


The successful candidate’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
• Manage Enterprise Development and Support Division:
• Manage the ITS Middleware and System Integration division and subordinates;
• Establish
strategic goals for the ITS Middleware and System Integration division
(in line with the UP and ITS strategies) and ensure that those goals are
met by compiling related action plans to be executed by the division;
• Participate
in investigations into new software in order to improve the efficiency
of the division/ITS department and the service delivered to the UP
• Co-ordinate activities across the ITS Middleware and System Integration environment and third-party vendors/service providers;
• Establish
a systems management regime to ensure the reliability, availability,
maintainability, testability and security (RAMTS) of the corporate
databases and applications within the responsibility of the ITS
Middleware and System Integration division;
• Establish
processes and procedures for the timeous and effective patching and
upgrading of software, with the minimum interruption to business
processes. Liaise with vendors, users and stakeholders in order to build
and enhance the Middleware and System Integration strategy, and to plan
and implement software upgrades and migrations;
• Ensure
proactive monitoring and problem solving within the database and
application environments, and the identification of the need for extra
hardware/software resources;
• Implement and enforce standards and control of the deployment, migration and integrity of databases and applications;
• Enforce change control procedures with regard to the deployment of changes to all system software;
• Ensure
that all operational problems, as reported via the designated support
channels, are solved in a timely and efficient manner;
• Establish
standards, documentation and configuration management, and implement
best practice procedures for the administration, maintenance,
monitoring, tuning, backup and recovery of databases and applications;
• Establish, maintain and manage SLA’s within the ITS Enterprise Systems’ Middleware and System integration team and with the vendors responsible for providing software support to UP.
• Participate
in the establishment and maintenance of the required support
infrastructure to ensure the effective management and timely resolution
of operational problems;
• Supervise
the participation of the ITS Middleware and System Integration division
in UP and ITS project activities and ensure that project goals are met;
• Provide
statistics and other information to ITS Management with regard to the
availability and management of the software within the responsibility of
the ITS Middleware and System Integration division;
• Adhere to the following:
• IT policies and procedures;
• Business processes and rules;
• Configuration management and documentation procedures;
• System security techniques and methods;
• Perform administrative duties e.g. filing, documenting, reporting, etc.;
• Financial management:
• Define a clear costing structure of the services provided;
• Plan,
compile, manage and execute the budget pertaining to all software under
the responsibility of the ITS Enterprise Systems’ Middleware and System
integration team;
• Provide IT management with the necessary information and assistance to produce management reports;
• Liaise
with vendors and UP stakeholders to establish software and services
contracts within the responsibility of the ITS Enterprise Systems’
Middleware and System integration team and ensure the timeous renewal or
cancellation of such contracts;
• Ensure
the timeous payment of software and services contracts by managing the
placement of requisitions and obtaining invoices from vendors and
submitting such to the UP-Finance department within the prescribed time
• Human Resources management:
• Plan and execute personnel management strategy, including personnel development and recruitment;
• Implement
effective performance management in accordance with University policy,
to develop and enhance the performance of staff members and thus
contributing to the overall performance of the University;
• Coordinate division’s after-hours support and task management;
• Manage the allocation of resources or resource time to projects conducted within UP and ITS;
• Improve
performance by defining and executing an individual performance
development plan; build proficiency levels for current position and
future advancement by participating in formal and informal training

• An Honours degree in Information Systems /Technology, or relevant field;
• A total of six years’ experience in;
• Development of software solutions;
• Development and implementation of system integration processes;
• Java software development;
• Implementation of Oracle Fusion Middleware products;
• Identity and Access Management;

• Two years’ experience in management.

• Knowledge competencies:
• Knowledge and understanding of:
• Proper documentation of all relevant databases;
• The underlying data model;
• Systems and Database Life-Cycle management;
• Project Management;
• General computing principles;
• Installation and technical administration of databases and applications;
• Installation and technical administration of system software;
• Usage of diagnostic and monitoring software;
• Windows, Linux and other Unix operating systems;
• Technical competencies:
• Troubleshooting within an IT software environment;
• Computer literate;
• Must be able to:
• Manage conflict;
• Be able to negotiate;
• Effectively manage staff;
• Communicate clearly and effectively with all stakeholders;
• Work under pressure, and adhere to strict deadlines;
• Follow instructions, guidelines, policies and procedures;
• Identify specific needs and solve problems effectively;
• Manage time and resources effectively;
• Manage and control change;
• Attend to a variety of tasks simultaneously;
• Maintain a high level of professionalism;
• Work in multi-disciplinary team environment;
• Write reports, motivations, business cases etc;
• Organize the division and its activities;
• Give
the necessary attention to detail, whilst simultaneously seeing the
bigger picture and providing direction to reach strategic goals;
• Must have the correct tendency to:
• Investigate and implement relevant best practices and guidelines;
• Investigate new technologies and methodologies;
• Share knowledge with others and assist with development.

• Master’s degree (Information Systems /Technology);
• A total of three years’ experience in:
• General management;
• Proper documentation of all relevant databases;
• The underlying data model;
• Systems and Database Life-Cycle management;
• Project management;
• Business analysis;
• Management of design, and implementation of business processes;
• Management of technical resources who develop and monitor system integration processes.

NOTE: All shortlisted candidates may be required to participate in
relevant skills assessments as part of the selection process.

annual remuneration package will be commensurate with the incumbent’s
level of appointment, as determined by UP policy guidelines. UP
subscribes to the BESTMED and UMVUZO medical aid schemes and contributes
50% of the applicable monthly premium.

Applicants are requested to apply online.

In applying for this post, please attach:
• A comprehensive CV;
• Certified copies of qualifications;
• Names, e-mail addresses and telephone details of three referees whom we have permission to contact.

CLOSING DATE: 10 May 2023

No application will be considered after the closing date, or if it does not comply with at least the minimum requirements.

ENQUIRIES: Ms V Makhubele, Tel: (012) 420 6920, Email: [email protected], for application-related enquiries, and Mr BA Hudson, Tel: (012) 420 4740, Email: ba[email protected], for enquiries relating to the post content.

Should you not hear from the University of Pretoria by 31 July 2023, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

The University of Pretoria is committed to equality, employment equity and diversity.

accordance with the Employment Equity Plan of the University and its
Employment Equity goals and targets, preference may be given, but is not
limited to candidates from under-represented designated groups.

All candidates who comply with the requirements for appointment are invited to apply.

applying for this vacancy, the candidates consent to undergo
verification of personal credentials and related information including,
but not limited to, qualifications, criminal record, credit record,
current and historic disciplinary proceedings as part of the selection

The University of Pretoria reserves the right to not fill the advertised positions
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