Safaricom Principal Converged Packet Transport Strategy Engineer Job in Kenya

We are pleased to announce the following vacancy in the Strategy and Planning Department within the Technology Division. 
In keeping with our current business needs, we are looking for a person who meets the criteria indicated below:

Principal Converged Packet Transport Strategy Engineer


Reporting to the Senior Manager – Network Strategy and Architecture – Core, the position holder will primarily be responsible for shaping and driving the Converged Transport Strategy and Architecture aiming at addressing the challenges of building a cost-efficient and survivable packet-optimized transport layer on next generation packet platforms.

The job holder’s key responsibilities will be to:

Transport Strategy

  • Defining both long term and short term converged packet transport strategy based on technology progress on optics and packet based networks, industry experience and economic incentives;
  • Performing technology evolution study, evaluating business case for new transport products and features, study best practices shared by VTN transport network strategy team and form inputs for transport network strategy;
  • Aligning transport network strategy with those of the business units, assisting in business case analysis, conducting technology presentations, assisting on transport network monetization;
  • Based on validated transport network strategy, submit concept papers, policy documents, budget estimates, to the specific technology delivery teams
  • Participate in the technology governance process as the key contributor for transport networks
Transport Architecture
  • Develop transport network target architectures (core and backbone) based on technology evolution, vendor road maps and business requirements;
  • Carry out technology evolution study on circuit to packet migration and IP mapping out clearly the architecture transitions 
  • Analyze end2end  proposed architectures to prepare design input for transport domain areas (National and International IP/MPLS, transmission, subsea cables) target architecture;
  • Align transport network architecture with other technology domain areas (Access, RAN Backhaul) architectures;
  • Based on validated transport network architecture create high level design guidelines and related dependencies;
Licensing and Costing:
  • Preparation of strategy on costing/licensing models, based on traffic trend analysis,  equipment units costs and capacity plans
  • Analysis of features (service, capacity and quality related) and their costs end to end and assist in conducting business case
  • Assist in  CAPEX reduction initiatives by providing optimized transport network architectures, well dimensioned hardware and recommended features;
Project Management:
  • Organize meetings with technology delivery teams as a follow up on core transport strategy implementation
  • Organize quarterly strategy control meetings with delivery teams, business units and supply chain 
Business Continuity Planning:
  • Assist in defining business requirements for Business Continuity Planning in the transport domain area
  • Assist in translation of BCP objectives for transport into technical requirements, implementation design and budget estimates
  • Assist in Scheduling, Monitoring and providing feedback as to completeness of BCP test plans
Supplier Strategy:
  • Build and maintain business relationships with transport network vendors and suppliers
  • Study and evaluate  transport product road maps, services, features, costing and licensing by engaging vendors and suppliers through meetings and technology conferences
  • Assist in forming network vendor/supplier strategy
  • Prepare Monthly and Quarterly status report of strategy performance KPIs.
The ideal candidate should possess the following skills & competencies:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications, Engineering, Computer Science;
  • 6+ years of direct Network Engineering/Network Operations experience in a mobile/fixed transport services network;
  • Good working knowledge of IP and Transmission (optical) systems;
  • Good understanding of Transmission and IP network design principles and design best practices;
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure with mature and target oriented approach;
  • Excellent documentation,  communications and presentation skills with sound experience in MS office (Excel, Word, Power point, Project, Visio) and other visual drawing tools;
  • CCNP/CCIP qualification is desirable.
If you feel that you are up to the challenge and posses the necessary qualification and experience please send your resume and application letter indicating your experience and why you are the most suitable candidate for the role clearly quoting the job title to the address below. 
The deadline for application is Tuesday 31st July, 2012.

The Senior Manager – Talent Acquisition
Safaricom Ltd

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