Safaricom Principal Core Network and Services 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 Core Network and Services Strategy Engineer


Reporting to the Senior Manager – Network Strategy and Architecture – Core, the position holder will be responsible for shaping and driving strategy and architecture around Core Network Evolution to simplify the architecture, optimize the infrastructure, introduction of new services and migrating existing network and services to latest technologies.

The job holder’s key responsibilities will be to:

Core Network Strategy

  • Assist in defining both long term and short term core network strategy based on technology evolution, vendor road maps and business requirements;
  • Perform technology evolution study, business case study of new core products and features, study best practices shared by VTN strategy team and form inputs for core network strategy;
  • Aligning core network strategy with those of the Business Units, assisting in business case analysis, conducting technology presentations and assist in forming new revenue streams;
  • Based on validated core network strategy, submit high level design guidelines to the specific delivery teams
Core Network Architecture
  • Preparing of both long term and short term core network target architectures clearly indicating the transition phases;
  • Carry out technology evolution study on GSM, UMTS, VoLTE, SAE/EPC, HSS and IMS, including design requirements;
  • Align core network architecture with other technology domain (access, transport and vas/oss/cbs) architecture
  • Based on validated core network architecture create concept papers, high level design documents;
Licensing and Costing
  • Assist in preparing strategy on software licensing models based on traffic trend analysis,  equipment units costs and long term 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 core  network architecture, well dimensioned hardware and recommended features;
Project Management
  • Organize meetings with technology delivery teams as a follow up on core network strategy implementation
  • Organize quarterly strategy control meetings with delivery teams, business units and supply chain 
Business Continuity Planning;
  • Assist in forming business requirements for Business Continuity Planning in core network domain area
  • Assist in translation of BCP business objectives for core network 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 core network vendors and suppliers
  • Study and evaluate  core network product road maps, services, features, costing and licensing by engaging various core network vendors and suppliers through meetings and technology conferences
  • Assist in forming network vendor/supplier strategy
  • Prepare Monthly and Quarterly status report on strategy performance KPIs
The ideal candidate should possess the following skills & competencies:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications, Engineering, Computer Science;
  • 6+ years of working experience in core networks of a mobile network operators or core network vendors;
  • Deep knowledge & skillset of 3gpp/ETSI/ITU-t technical specifications including new technologies such as IMS, LTE, EPC, SAE, GSM, UMTS;
  • Excellent experience on software & hardware architecture and configuration of core network elements including SGSN, GGSN, PCRF, MSS, MGW, STP and CSDB (HLR, EIR, MNP, AAA) on vendors like Huawei, NSN & Cisco;
  • Working knowledge of network elements like SMSC, OCS/Billing, RNCs, BSCs and RAN (BTS, NodeB) and the related interfaces;
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and organizational skills and 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.
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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