Ref: HRPTA/2019/001

The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) requires a professional and committed individual with proven knowledge of Employee Relations and Wellness to manage, advise and assist in the development, planning, implementing policies and procedures to promote sound relationships and the wellbeing of employees.

The role requires an individual with the following minimum requirements: A Bachelor’s Degree or National Diploma with NQF level 7 in Labour Relations or any relevant qualification enhanced by at least five to ten years’ working experience in Employee Relations and Wellness environment. The incumbent must have proven knowledge of South African labour legislation.

The successful candidate must be an innovative thinker with the ability to analyse and diagnose key trends in employee relations and wellness, develop and design solutions on the root cause analysis work, must have an extensive experience in handling internal grievances, disputes, CCMA cases and strong ability to maintain and protect confidential information with good judgement and professionalism, be able to interpret policies, further enhanced by excellent communication skills (verbal and written), sound analytical and problem solving skills, report writing skills and proficiency in Microsoft Office.

A valid (unendorsed) Code B driver’s license and willingness to travel extensively is required.

Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Provide strategic support on the implementation of Human Resources and Transformation Strategy.
  • Manage and coordinate Employee Relations matters.
  • Manage the review and implementation of Employment Equity activities.
  • Manage the implementation of Employee Wellness Programme in order to support the well-being of employees
  • Facilitate, coordinate and implement SANBI’s Employment Equity Plan

Please note:  

1) An application form (obtainable from our offices) must accompany the CV together with a letter motivating why the applicant should be favourably considered for the position and confirming that the minimum qualifications are met (applicants lacking evidence of relevant experience will not be considered).

2) A skills test will be conducted as part of the selection process.

3) Applicants must also provide the full names and telephone numbers and if possible e-mail addresses of at least three referees.

4) Failure to submit the requested information and reference number may result in your application not being considered. 

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. SANBI reserves the right not to fill this position. All applications will be considered with the understanding that, in terms of the SANBI Employment Equity Plan, preference will currently be given to candidates from the designated groups. 

Contact Mr Steve Mahlangu on 012 843 5217 or, preferably, forward the completed application form, a motivational letter, certified copies of qualifications, ID, Driver’s License and concise CV via e-mail to

Postal applications are to be addressed to:

Assistant Director: Human Resources
South African National Biodiversity Institute
Private Bag X101

Candidates are expected to be available for selection interviews on a date and time as determined by SANBI. If no response has been received within 30 days of the closing date, candidates may consider their applications unsuccessful.

Closes: Friday, 15 November 2019
Location: Pretoria
Job type: Permanent
Salary package: R519 601.00 to R727 440.00 per annum

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