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Airtel Latest Vacancy for Manager: CS Core Planning

Airtel Nigeria (Airtel Networks Limited), a leading mobile telecommunication services provider in
Nigeria and a member of Airtel Africa Group, is committed to providing innovative, exciting, affordable and quality mobile services to Nigerians, giving them the freedom to communicate, rise above their daily challenges and drive economic and social development. The company made history on August 5, 2001 by becoming the first telecoms operator to launch commercial GSM services in Nigeria and has scored a series of many “firsts” in the highly competitive Nigerian telecommunications market including the first to introduce toll-free 24-hour customer care; first to launch service in all the six geo-political zones in the country; first to introduce affordable recharge denominations; first to introduce monthly free SMS and first to introduce monthly airtime bonus.
A truly innovative company, Airtel has showed resilience, charting new paths in meeting the demands and needs of its esteemed stakeholders and enhancing distribution as well as providing affordable services to empower more nigerians.
In Nigeria, Airtel is working tirelessly to live up to an ambitious vision of being the most loved brand in the daily lives of Nigerians as it offers a superior brand experience and a portfolio of innovative products & services ranging from exciting voice solutions to inventive data packages and mobile broadband.

Job Title: Manager: CS Core Planning

Airtel Nigeria – Nigeria

The function will define the optimal topology of the circuit switched core network to meet a premium service level and architecture; To evaluate network design and define integrated planning/implementation criteria and guidelines with partners for capacity management and dimensioning of the core network; Also would evaluate delivery of CS core projects to designed SLAs whilst exploring the most efficient ways to deliver any new functional requirements placed upon the CS Core Network by 2G/3G/LTE access technologies.

Optimal and Resilient Unified Core Network   architecture to assure efficient and uninterrupted delivery of voice &   next generation multimedia services

    Drive planning and design excellence by providing   quality solutions to business requirements at reduced cost/time.
    Plan and facilitate the long term network evolution of   CS core network within best industry practices with a side emphasis on   improving CAPEX productivity and service offerings for competitive advantage.
    Facilitate the establishment of high levels of   reliability and redundancy in the core network.
    Ensure that all CS core nodes (MSS, MGW, TSC, HLR,   STP, etc.) are functional as per the business and network requirements   including those in the EPC/LTE
    Effective lifecycle management of core elements under   responsible area.

Detailed and Effective Documentation.

    Ensure that the project related documentation reflects   a fit-for-purpose design and complies with the contractual vendor requirements.
    On concept of solutions   proffered and prior to implementation, documentation in   the form of SD,  HLD and LLD designs should   be prepared to include technical functionality, platform design and platform   integration with relevant network elements.

Capacity planning

    Ensure proactive network dimensioning and perform   adequate expansions to cater for increasing traffic requirements.
    Perform adequate dimensioning, of all MPC/EPC related   Nodes – in accordance with network growth and projections.
    Continuously being the loop of the network traffic,   licenses, trends and various parameters to ensure the Network elements are   operating as expected. Where required, take corrective action with input from   Operations.
    Effective  understanding of Operational and Business   support systems (OSS/BSS) for performance reporting, Key performance   indicator (KPI) monitoring and tuning for effective end to end planning of   data services.
    Ensure projects are aligned with the Annual Operating   Program (AOP)
    Liaise with partner teams, Airtel HQ and other   departments to evaluate progress and seamless delivery of Core network projects   and deployment of key networks systems from initial design to full   operational handover.
    Derive maximum commercial benefit from CAPEX   commitments in terms of injected capacity and services by ensuring all   dependent enablers and functionality to deliver optimum services are fully   implemented and functioning according to design specification

Employee Engagement

    Provide consultation services to relevant business   units including Liaison with Marketing and IT for new products and services.
    Hold necessary kick off meetings with stakeholders   where/when required.
    Maintain high Team Harmony and Engagement at all times   with both internal and external teams and stakeholders.

Vendor/Partner Management

    Ensuring that the MS/MC partners deliver the projects   to the high quality expected first time right.

New Initiatives

    Engage with business teams to understand functional   needs/business problems and concerns and come up with possible plans/solutions   to address these requirements cost effectively
    Technology assessments and POC trials (RFI/RFP/RFQ).  Verification of solutions before roll-out.
    Analyze business requirements and processes before   converting ideas to solution design of new services; where required research   into new technology and development in Telecommunication industry with   regards to Voice and Multimedia services.

Time Management

    Prioritize self-workload as required to meet the   fluctuating demands of business and requirements from other stakeholders.

Desired Skills and Experience

Educational   Qualifications  & Functional /   Technical Skills

Any of the   following:

    Detailed working Telecommunications experience with sound knowledge of   mobile network planning and optimization
    Previous O&M understanding  would   also be a benefit
    Analytical and Presentation skills
    A basic understanding of 3GPP /ITU-T and ETSI standards is required.

    Bachelor/Masters of Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering degree

Relevant   Experience

    Minimum of ~5 years varied experience in planning, implementation,   operation and maintenance with a Mobile Telecommunications Network Operator   or Vendor
    Vendor experience – HUAWEI, ERICSSON, ALCATEL LUCENT platforms and packet   core architectures – Including Charging nodes in data networks.
    An excellent understanding of the underlying IP transport networks with   applications to converged networks would be of much added benefits.
    Experience of the commercial deployment of a mobile/enhanced core   network, which could include design, test and/or deployment. 
    Good understanding of Interrelated domains (circuit & packet core,   online & offline charging, IN protocols, next generation technologies   e.g. IMS) required.
    Also a very good understanding of access network technologies (BSC,   RNC) as related to core and the evolution of 3G networks moving towards 4G.
    Experience of deployment of key network systems through the delivery   life cycle from initial design to full operational handover
    Good project management knowledge
    Experience in measuring and analyzing network KPI ‘key performance   indicators’

Other   requirements

    Personal Integrity and good interpersonal relationship
    Personal tenacity to succeed
    Must have excellent organizational and communication skills.
    Highly organized and good at implementation
    Time management skills with commitment to project timelines.
    Self-motivational skills
    Good analytical and problem solving skills.
    Good practical skills in troubleshooting and fault resolution for supporting operations teams as an escalation point

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