Safaricom Principal RAN 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 RAN Strategy Engineer

Reporting to the Senior Manager- Access Networks Strategy and design, the holder of the role is charged with developing the access networks roadmap in consultation with the overall corporate strategy, the business units, other technology functions, Vodafone global, vendor roadmaps and industry developments.  

He/she shall provide technical advice, strategic planning, budgetary support and governance to the other technology functions on access technologies.

The job holder’s key responsibilities will be to:

  • Work closely with the business units and other technology functions to develop, validate and deliver 3 year strategy plan for the access networks;
  • Formulate strategic target architecture, best practices / guidelines, and architectural standards in close collaboration with the RAN design engineers and Vodafone;
  • Stay abreast of new processes and technologies in the RAN field by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies ;
  • Drive RAN Efficiency Utilization Initiatives to allow Best-Use Technology utilize resources;
  • Engagement with Vendors & Vodafone Opco’s to align Technology Roadmaps with acceptable best practice within Industry ;
  • Relationship Management: Forge and maintain working relationships and synergies across the organization and with vendors, and establish greater transparency and accountability for those people carrying out the company’s strategy;
  • Promote awareness of emerging technologies/methods to the technical staff/management;
  • Develop, participate and enforce various governance initiatives including preservation of assets/services through promotion of a Business continuity (BCP)/ disaster recovery culture;
  • Drive the Budget process for technology – Forecast requirements; prepare an annual budget; analyze variances and initiate corrective action.
The ideal candidate should possess the following skills & competencies:
  • Honors Degree in Engineering;
  • At least 5 years experience in mobile communications and must have experience in planning and/or optimization of the radio network;
  • Expert and current knowledge in the different radio networks domains;
  • Good professional & work background on Project Management;
  • Good appreciation of Budgeting Principles within a Technology Organization;
  • An innate like for reading with ability to spend many hours reading technical documentation;
  • Ability to work independently and within a team environment;
  • Ability to reason logically to provide relevant, appropriate and well supported information to support planning of technical roadmaps;
  • Sound analytic ability, data evaluation and review capability;
  • Can objectively and accurately assess needs for improvement;
  • Able to form strong positive relationships with the various project stakeholders and Vendors;
  • Demonstrates thorough attitude and attention to detail;
  • Excellent communication and technical report writing skills.
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 Wednesday 24th October, 2012

The Senior Manager – Talent Acquisition
Safaricom Ltd

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Updated: October 17, 2012 — 11:52 am