MTN South Africa Jobs: Specialist (Transmission Planning)

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21 Dec, 2010

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Telecom Jobs in South Africa

MTN Group operates three business divisions: MTN-SA (South Africa), MTN International, and Strategic Investments. We are listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange under the Telecommunications Service Sector (which falls under the Industrial Non-Cyclical Services).

Job Title – Specialist: Transmission Planning (1 Vacancy)

Location of position

MTN
South Africa
Gauteng
Johannesburg
Innovation Centre

Job mission

Design and Optimisation of the Transmission Systems within the Core, IP and Access networks in line with the business requirements of MTN SA in order to provide the end customer with reliable and international quality communications and service. Plan the Transmission Systems according to Radio, Core and IP requirements . Manage the Self Provisioning initiative and existing 3rd Party business relationships

KPA duties

Task Complexity:

Strategy Development
•Contribute to the definition of the transmission network strategy and architecture clearly describing the future vision for transmission and identifying key decision points to enable this vision to be achieved
•Participate in the translation of the transmission strategy and architecture into long range plans
•Assist in formulating inputs towards technology strategy.
•Assist in delivering a target Product and Services architecture with a 3 year time horizon taking global technology developments into consideration

Planning & Delivery
•Responsible for the timely planning of all Transmission networks within MTN e.g. PTP / PMP microwave networks, Fibre networks, RANO networks, DXX / SDH networks, etc.
•Assist in defining 1-year budget
•Manage design guidelines for regional transmission resources
•Ensure translation of high level plan to low level design
•Prioritise access/core transmission network growth
•Drive execution of near term plans
•Forecast capacity and traffic and align with Radio, Core & IP plans and with strategy and roadmap
•Ensure correct planning of Transmission w.r.t fixed and mobile operator interconnections where required
•Plan transport capacity across access, backhaul and backbone infrastructure to support all of MTN’s bandwidth requirements
•Evaluate new Access and Core Backbone Transmission Network Equipment and Specifications
•Identify geographical location for equipment to be installed
•Request funding and issue request for purchasing (RfP) to vendor, verify bill of material and confirm order of equipment and services
•Verify configuration
•Ensure implementation of Transmission plans is carried out fully with a smooth handover to Network Operations for cutover and integration into the live network
•Ensure that policies, procedures and quality standards are adhered to in the planning process

Network Optimisation & Performance
•Ensure quality objectives are met and maintained
•Ensure future proof transmission plans to guarantee deliverables are met according to customer requirements both internal and external
•Track and report on performance problems and performance improvements on division level
•Investigate performance issues and identify changes required on division level
•Review design and drive optimisation changes
•Tender evaluations and formulations
•Provide high level support on the planned network/technologies

Communication and co-ordination
•Ensure communication of plans and integration of feedback
•Prepare implementation and integration documentation
•Co-operate with and support of other network group departments at all levels
•Manage and interface with other areas of the MTN business outside of the transmission department as required for successful planning and implementation (e.g. with Suppliers, 3rd Parties, local Transmission Engineers and Business & Logistics department to ensure that contracts from a technical perspective are negotiated in the best interest of MTN)
•Interface with regulator
•Provide high level planning support function and representation (technical) for Transmission planning departments in MTN Group Operations

Financial Management
•Continuously strive to identify and eliminate non-contributory expenditure

and implementation (e.g. with Suppliers, 3rd Parties, local Transmission Engineers and Business & Logistics department to ensure that contracts from a technical perspective are negotiated in the best interest of MTN)
•Interface with regulator
•Provide high level planning support function and representation (technical) for Transmission planning departments in MTN Group Operations

Financial Management
•Continuously strive to identify and eliminate non-contributory expenditure

Educational requirements

Education:
B Degree or National Technical Diploma with relevant experience

Experience required

Experience:
Over 10 years in Telecommunications, with at least 3 years experience as a Transmission Planning specialist. Excellent understanding of transmission project rollouts and good knowledge of the latest technologies (IP/MPLS networks, ATM and IP protocols and Gbit Ethernet, MAN and NGN).

Skills required

Skills / physical competencies:
Planning skills
Strategic thinker
Analytical
Innovative
Teamwork
Good communication skills
Interpersonal skills
Self motivated
Other information
Reference No: STP001
Position Type: Permanent
Affirmative Action: Open to All
Salary:
Additional: Behavioural qualities:
Team player
Influential
Assertive
Self motivated
Persuasive

General Working Conditions;

? Code 8 drivers licence
? Travel will be required to and from MTN Head-Office to suppliers/contractors and other MTN sites within Gauteng and nationwide.
? Local travel required for regional meetings and international travel required for specific projects, such as supplier factories and into Africa.

Applications close 31 Dec 2010.

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