Dragonfly Aerospace Imaging is looking for an experienced Project Manager to join our team. They will be based at our Stellenbosch office outside of Cape Town, with the option to relocate internationally.

The Project Manager will manage aerospace projects from initiation to closure, working with teams across a variety of functional areas of the organisation. They will establish and work on various projects to manage and ensure the provision of predefined deliverables and services within the stipulated time and cost budget while mitigating project risks/obstacles and managing stakeholder and customer expectations.

The mandate of the Project Manager is to define:

  • What task/project is to be performed
  • When the task/project will be actioned
  • Why the task/project should be actioned
  • How much budget is available for the task

The Project Manager will report to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Cameras and the role will also include ancillary capabilities in system engineering that will be defined in due course.

Key Responsibilities

  • Hold full accountability for project success
  • Accountable for project initiation, planning, executing, monitoring, controlling, and delivery
  • Accountable to solicit, track, report, manage, and resolve project risks
  • Ensure assigned projects adhere to their baselined plan of schedule (timeous) and budget (cost)
  • Establish project management plans (PMP specification) as required
  • Coordinate and integrate tasks/activities and clarify project objectives within a multidisciplinary team
  • Provide support, guidance, motivation, and facilitation of the team through the project process
  • Interface, communicate, work with, and manage expectations of internal and external stakeholders and clients
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills that include a sensitivity to intercultural differences
  • Establish and maintain project-client contracts and reports
  • Establish the scope of work, work plan, and associated work packages for a given project
  • Plan and identify a project’s required group of skills
  • Perform scheduling and resource levelling of multiple simultaneous projects
  • Work with functional area management for the appropriate resource assignments
  • Track and report on resource loading in support of functional areas and the Program Office (PO)
  • Consult respective functional areas to obtain assignments of appropriate resources (capability/skill level/vertical depth) to project tasks
  • Manage changes to the project as and when necessary
  • Ensure that projects are subject to review and baselined at appropriate stages before progressing onward
  • Keep appropriate records according to standing procedures
  • Submit reports to the PO as required and directed
  • Ad hoc engineering support may be required from time to time


Skills and Experience

  • Ability to lead and motivate teams and maintain a professional demeanour in easy-going and high-stress environments
  • Strong business acumen
  • Ability to manage budgets, schedules, and resources
  • Knowledge of effective Project Management processes, trends, and procedures
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leadership and organisational abilities
  • Strategic thinking
  • Problem-solving aptitude
  • Ability to conduct technological analyses and research


Education/ Qualification Requirements

This is a mid to senior-level role. Any related Engineering degree (E&E, Mechanical, Software is advantageous), or 5-8 years’ experience in a similar role.

Employment Type

This is a contract role with the potential of becoming a permanent position.


The Project Manager will be based in DFA’s Stellenbosch office outside Cape Town. If the role becomes permanent, the candidate should be willing to relocate internationally.


If you think you’ve got what it takes to join our dynamic team, please drop us an email at [email protected] with your CV. We eagerly anticipate the prospect of welcoming you to the Dragonfly family.

About Dragonfly Aerospace

Dragonfly Aerospace is a space technology solutions provider based in Stellenbosch, South Africa. DFA offers commercial satellite solutions as well as a range of advanced engineering services, including payloads and operational solutions using space and related technologies. The highly experienced and motivated satellite engineering team develops and manufactures high-performance imagers and satellites for Earth observation constellations.