SAA Jobs

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  1. First Officer
  2. Chief Executive Officer
  3. Air Chefs Chief Executive Officer
  4. South African Airways Technical Chief Executive Officer
  5. Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
  6. Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

First Officer

Closing Date
Not specified
Reference Number
Job Title First Officer
Division Operations
Business Unit Flight Operations
Job Type Permanent
Location – Country South Africa
Location – Province Gauteng
Location – Town / City Kempton Park
Job Purpose
South African Airways (SAA) wants you to join the SAA family as a First Officer.

As a First Officer, you will be expected to take all measures required for the safety of the flight, whether on the ground, or inflight, and be expected to perform the duties of a pilot for South African Airways as either a Second-In-Command Pilot (P2) or Cruise Relief Pilot (P3).

Principal Accountabilities
Documentation Requirements:

Matric results transcript
Aviation training records
A summary of all the types of aircraft flown and the number of hours flown in each type
Certified copies of the following: Matric Certificate; South African Identity Document / Passport, Academic transcripts; Last 3 pages of Pilot logbook; Pilot Logbook Summary, Pilot License; Class 1 Medical Certificate
Preference will be given to female pilot applicants in accordance with SAA’s Pilot Employment Equity Plan.

Candidates will be expected to undergo pre-employment assessments which includes checks i.e. criminal, credit, reference, authentication of qualifications etc., simulator / written and psychometric tests.

Qualifications & Experience
Matric Certificate / Grade 12 results / N3 or relevant tertiary qualifications (SAQA accredited)
Compulsory subjects: Mathematics or Statistics 101 and English (D symbol on higher grade or C symbol on standard grade) coupled with one of the following: Physical Science or Computer Science (D symbol on higher grade or C symbol on standard grade)
Valid South African Airline Transport Pilot’s License, or a Commercial Pilot License having completed all the ground subjects for the ATPL (previously known as a Frozen ATPL). A valid ATPL License must be obtained within 4 years from date of employment with SAA with a multi engine instrument rating
Valid Class 1 medical
A minimum of 1,500 flying hours which includes 200 hours on multi-engine aircraft
Be a South African citizen with a valid Passport
Knowledge and Skills
Must have expertise in the application of safety standards and safe operating practices
Detailed knowledge and understanding of national and international aviation regulations such as CAA, ICAO, IATA, FAA, and EASA
Demonstrate a firm understanding of international travel, international customs and practices etc.
Knowledge of all legal regulations for the piloting/aviation profession in the South African and international regulatory environment
Business communication skills (verbal and written)
Emotional intelligence
Ability to inspire commitment
Able to deal with complex operational issues inherent in a fast moving environment
Ability to work under pressure (organisational resilience with change management focus)
Ability to pay attention to detail (meticulous)
Ability to collaborate proactively and maintain working relationships across professional and operational boundaries
Results driven
Ability to develop self and others
Judgement and decision making ability
Additional Information
SAA will make use of an internal employee referral programme for all permanent vacancies advertised externally on the E-recruitment site. The normal advert and application process will still apply alongside the programme. Terms and conditions as published on MySAA apply.

SAA is using an online recruitment tool. Applicants are required to complete an individual registration profile capturing essential personal and career selection criteria. Applicants must please note that they only need to complete the online registration once and thereafter they can update their online profiles as and when necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: The onus are on applicants to ensure all mandatory fields are completed. Incomplete online profiles will be disqualified from the application process. Online profiles are used for screening and shortlisting purposes. A CV is only for verification and record keeping purposes. Applicants need to ensure that their online profiles are completed with correct and current information. Incomplete sections can disqualify applicants from the screening and selection process.

This applies to all internal and external applicants.


Chief Executive Officer

Closing Date
Reference Number
Job Title Chief Executive Officer
Division CEO Office
Business Unit CEO Office
Job Type Permanent
Location – Country South Africa
Location – Province Gauteng
Location – Town / City Kempton Park
Job Purpose
The CEO role reports directly to the South African Airways Board of Directors and is accountable, and responsible, for the safe, efficient, and financial sustainability of the airline’s operations, with direct accountability for all dimensions of the carrier. The CEO develops, implements and oversees the airline strategy, P and L performance, and day to day operations, by leading the near-term transformation of the organisation to return the business to ‘Best in Class’ performance in safety, reliability, cost, and customer satisfaction.

Given the nature of the role, the CEO leads effective liaison programmes with key external constituent groups, including the Shareholder, key stakeholder Ministries (e.g., DPE, Transport), commercial partners, regulators, major suppliers, airport organisations, local community leaders, and the media to ensure that SAA’s interests are co-ordinated with those of such stakeholders.

Furthermore, the CEO is also responsible for the high-quality execution of the Airline Strategy and Corporate Plan, ensuring alignment with business objectives set by the Shareholder and/or the Board of Directors. The CEO must be able to inculcate a zero tolerance safety culture and must be able to make hard decisions leading the development
and sustainability of a culture and structure that is capable of operating efficiently and effectively in a constantly emerging and competitive environment.

In association with the transformational agenda of the airline the CEO will, in particular, focus on key features of the SAA airline regarding revenue growth, fleet and network expansion and alliances, operational efficiencies, customer experience and the digitalisation of the work environment. This role requires a strong strategist to execute turn-around strategies within a fiercely global competitive aviation market and deliver profitable results. The subsidiaries will report to the SAA CEO for administrative purposes and are part of the SAA Exco, but the final accountability is with their boards in line with the Delegation of Authority and Significant and Materiality Framework.

Principal Accountabilities
Set the airline’s overall strategy vision and culture with the board’s approval
Ensure that SAA translates its customer value proposition into practical product and service attributes that can easily and efficiently implemented in the day-day operations
Performance driven airline
Safety and Security
P and L performance (RASK, CASK, EBIT)
External stakeholder management
Develop and lead high performing executive leadership team and deliver a robust leadership pipeline
Customer satisfaction
Transformation on supplier, employee and organisation level
Key operational performance like, on-time performance, revenue per employee, employee productivity, aircraft utilisation, route performance, etc.
Optimal governance frameworks and systems ensuring compliance to all relevant legislation
Qualifications & Experience
Relevant post graduate qualification in business or equivalent with extensive knowledge and executive level experience in the Aviation industry with at least 10-15 years’ is essential
Knowledge and Skills
An understanding of the African Aviation market, dynamics and aero political issues coupled with knowledge of the financials of the aviation industry
In-depth understanding of the airlines’ safety and security, revenue and cost performance, capital structure, labour relations, technology and competitive performance
Commercial and Financial acumen
Customer Centric
Highly creative, innovative and idea driven
Strong communication skills
Visionary with the ability to conceive and realise new concepts and approaches
Strategic design
Proactive collaboration at Executive and Board level, as well as other stakeholder engagements with business
Problem Solver
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Air Chefs Chief Executive Officer

Closing Date
Reference Number
Job Title Air Chefs Chief Executive Officer
Division Airchefs
Business Unit CEO Office
Job Type Permanent
Location – Country South Africa
Location – Province Gauteng
Location – Town / City Kempton Park
Job Purpose
Air Chefs role reports directly to the CEO of SAA and the Air Chefs Board of Directors.

The successful incumbent’s primary focus is to implement the strategic objectives of Air Chefs aligned to the overall
business strategy by providing direction and leadership for the company towards the attainment of said objectives and goals.

This role will be accountable and responsible for the safe, efficient and profitable development of Air Chefs entire

Principal Accountabilities
Budget Preparation and Management
Actively monitors the process improvement expenditure and service delivery against plans and budgets
Seeks high value net profit opportunities
Embarks on cost containment initiatives in order to maximise the benefits realisation business initiatives
Management of Stakeholder Networks and partnerships
Strategic reporting and improvement
Executive Team Support and Management
Execute Air Chefs strategy
Ensure that the operations of Air Chefs comply with health and safety standards
Ensure efficient, cost-effective delivery of products and services
Engage the Air Chefs Board of Directors on strategic issues to ensure their support and co-operation
Ensures the effective management of the Human Resources of Air Chefs
Build capacity to enable achievement of Air Chefs strategy and plan
Drive culture through empowered leadership and active culture custodianship
Management of Air Chefs initiatives
Manage process improvement projects from conception to completion, ensuring the intended objectives are met within the required timeframes specified in the project plan
Qualifications & Experience
Honours Degree in business/logistics/transport economics or related
Master’s degree e.g. MBA will be an added advantage
At least 6- 10 years’ experience in a similar role or similar business environment
Proven track record on airing new business and entering into new business opportunities
Proven track record of effective negotiating skills i.e. contracts, service level agreements, labour negotiations etc.
Understanding of the economics of business as well as the influence of global and local markets
Experience in supplier transformation through Group Policies
Experience in managing large teams and business processes
Extensive experience and proven track record in cost containment and process re-engineering
Function successfully in a highly unionized environment
Knowledge and Skills
Knowledge of cost control principles
Knowledge of good financial management practices
Knowledge of basic accounting principles
Shareholder value creation
Legislation governing financial practices (PFMA, King III etc, Companies Act)
Legislation affecting business practices
Understanding of the economics of the airline/general catering business and the influence of global and local markets and economies of the business
Negotiation skills
Analytical skills
Communication skills
Change Management
Resource utilisation
Information processing
Writing high level reports for boards and shareholder
Project Management skills
Commercial and financial acumen
Strategic design
Proactive collaboration at Executive and Board level, as well as other stakeholder engagements with business
Problem Solver
Additional Information
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South African Airways Technical Chief Executive Officer

Closing Date2024/04/26
Reference NumberSAA240412-1
Job TitleSouth African Airways Technical Chief Executive Officer
Business UnitCEO Office
Job TypePermanent
Location – CountrySouth Africa
Location – ProvinceGauteng
Location – Town / CityKempton Park
Job PurposeThe South African Airways Technical CEO is responsible for the direction, management and coordination of all activities of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul organisation, including Line Maintenance, Base Maintenance, Power Plants, Avionics, Mechanical Systems, Engineering, Planning and AMOS and Quality, Safety and Risk.

The SAAT CEO oversees the staffing, training and performance of all personnel responsible for ensuring certified and airworthy aircraft. The individual is responsible for advancing SAAT’s business by maintaining relationships with key partners and developing a new customer base.

The CEO of SAA Technical (SAAT) reports to the SAAT Board and has a dotted reporting line to the SAA Group CEO.
Principal AccountabilitiesSet the organisation’s overall strategy, vision and direction, in line with Group strategy Represent SAAT and its interest in discussions surrounding the broader Group strategyPrepare operating and capital budgets and prudently manage/allocate resources within budgetEstablish goals and a monitoring system for operational performanceMeasure performance of direct reports and their respective departments against the approved budget and set goalsMaintain a deep understanding of the airline’s revenue and cost performance, capital structure, labour relations, operations, technology, and competitive financial performanceDevelop, implement and administer maintenance policies and procedures to ensure the safe and timely dispatch of aircraftEstablish and promote a culture of safety throughout the organisationEnsure all maintenance, inspections, purchases and audits are performed in accordance with Group, regulatory and governmental standardsMaintain awareness of the competitive market landscape and industry developmentsIdentify business development / growth opportunities Identify operational and corporate risks and formulate mitigation strategiesOversee the planning, inspection and record keeping functions of customer fleetDelegate, coach, develop and manage a diverse and geographically dispersed teamEstablish standard for staffing, training requirements, equipment, and tooling
Qualifications & ExperienceBachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Business Management or related fieldMinimum 10 years of experience in a technical operations leadership positionUnderstanding of SACAA licensing requirementsExperience in commercial service contract negotiations and administration preferred
Knowledge and SkillsIndustry knowledgeRelationship ManagementKnowledge of applicable policies and regulationsGlobal acumenNegotiation skillsFinancial acumenChallenges status quoExcellent performance track recordCommercial acumenSafety mindsetCommunication skills (written and verbal in English)
AttributesStrategic mindset People managementLeadershipCollaboration skillsService orientated (internal and external)IntegrityAssertive/ decisiveInfluencing skillsProblem Solver Customer centricTransparentEmpowering
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Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Closing Date2024/04/26
Reference NumberSAA240410-5
Job TitleChief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)
DivisionHuman Capital
Business UnitHuman Capital
Job TypePermanent
Location – CountrySouth Africa
Location – ProvinceGauteng
Location – Town / CityKempton Park
Job PurposeThe Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) is responsible for providing HR leadership and strategic consulting to the SAA Group. This position requires strong relationship-building skills and deep expertise in all areas of Human Resources, especially organisational assessment and development.  The successful candidate is expected to play a proactive and visible role within the organisation.This position reports to the CEO.
Principal AccountabilitiesAssist in developing the Group Business Strategy Act as a strategic member of the Exco team to align the development
and implementation of HR programmes and processes to provide organisational synergies, improve communications and enhance overall effectiveness of the organisation through its human capitalProvide consultative advice to management regarding the execution of business strategy and participate in corporate-wide human resources initiativesEvaluate company culture through various means such as employee surveys and recommend changes in policies, procedures, and practices as needed to meet corporate strategic plans and goalsEnsure that employee performance management and total rewards strategies are aligned with corporate goals and objectivesBenchmark best practices in talent management and organisational effectiveness to develop a clearly defined HR strategy and ensure effective communication regarding the strategy to include, but not limited to, the following: organisational culture, visions and valuesDelegate, coach, develop and manage a diverse and geographically dispersed teamWork with executive management to establish a sound plan of management succession that corresponds to the strategy and objectives of the organisationEnsure human resources compliance with applicable employment lawsRepresent the Company in litigation as an HR expertLead and provide coaching and mentoring to HR staff and ensure that the team is focused on prompt and accurate service to all customers internally and externallyOversee and manage executive recruitment activitiesPerform other functions and duties as needed and/or assigned by Group CEOProvide the strategic alignment, socialisation and successful embedment of the culture themes into the current initiatives that will drive the culture evolutionLead and drive talent management, performance management, training and development 
Qualifications & ExperienceBachelor’s Degree in Business or Human Resources Management (e.g.: B.Com, B.BusSci, BA Human
Resources)Minimum of 10 years of human resources generalist/ HR business partner leadership experience
Knowledge and SkillsCapability to assess HR implications of business priorities Comprehensive understanding of HR principles, techniques and proceduresLeadership Influencing skills Communication skills (written and verbal in English) Commercial acumen Presentation skills Negotiation skills
AttributesStrategic mindset People managementCollaboration skillsService orientated (internal and external)IntegrityAssertive/ decisiveAbility to navigate large, complex business environment Problem solving
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Chief Commercial Officer (CCO)

Closing Date2024/04/26
Reference NumberSAA240410-4
Job TitleChief Commercial Officer (CCO)
Business UnitN/A
Job TypePermanent
Location – CountrySouth Africa
Location – ProvinceGauteng
Location – Town / CityKempton Park
Job PurposeThe Chief Commercial Officer is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to the commercial function. The CCO ensures efficient and effective delivery of commercial objectives and alignment with SAA’s strategic objectives and turnaround strategy.

The individual oversees the SAA Cargo; Global Sales, Marketing, Distribution & eCommerce; Network Planning, Scheduling and Aero-Political Affairs; Revenue Management and Pricing; Loyalty Programmes; Products and Customer Experience; and Business Intelligence.The CCO is responsible for contributing to overall profitability and driving collaboration between teams and airline functions. The position reports to the CEO.
Principal AccountabilitiesDevelop and implement the Commercial strategy, which will support the business strategic objectives and align to stakeholder needs and expectations, legislative requirements along with industry trends that ensure commercial viabilityOversee strategy development and implementation within the Commercial function, providing guidance around strategy development, policies, and management of geographic market dynamics, operational complexity and revenue (aligned with the overall Commercial Strategy)Oversee the teams responsible for sales and marketing (including demand management, distribution management, and R and D), product design, geographic profitability (domestic, regional and international), and Cargo sales and day-of operationsCollaborate with the customer experience team to align on the overall customer agenda, and deliver on customer experience expectations in terms of marketing, sales and product designManage the Commercial function P and L including, but not limited to, oversight of forecasting, planning, budgeting, reporting and financial controlUltimate P and L decision-making and ownership across geographic areas, making trade-offs and ensuring collaboration between revenue and cost centres including, but not limited to, Cargo, Airline Planning and Revenue Management, Product Design, Voyager, Operations, Support FunctionsDrive revenue growth initiatives to maximize benefits realizationIdentify and interpret related national and international legislation as well as organizational standards and the impact thereof on the Commercial functionIdentify, assess and manage/mitigate relevant risksBuild the Commercial function’s capability (people, process and technology) to enable the achievement of objectivesLead and drive talent management, performance management, training and developmentEnsure the integration and successful embedment of the culture themes into the current initiatives that will drive the culture evolution
Qualifications & ExperienceDegree in Commerce, Business Administration and/or equivalent and MBA or similar10-12 years experience in an airline Commercial related role, with at least 5 years at management levelIndustry experience advantageous
Knowledge and SkillsIndustry knowledgeData analysis and insights managementDirection/visionStrategic mindsetPlanning and project managementKnowledge of applicable policies and regulationsPresentation skillsPeople development skillsCommunication skills (written and verbal)Team managementIntegrityAssertive/decisiveLogical/ methodicalTransparentChallenges status quoCommercial acumenFinancial acumenStakeholder managementNegotiation skills
AttributesCustomer centricStrategic AnalyticalDetail orientatedProblem solverResults-oriented LeaderPeople managementAbility to deal with uncertaintyInfluencing skillsCollaboration skills
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