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  • Posted: Oct 12, 2020
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    MTN Group Limited entered the telecommunications scene at the dawn of South Africa’s democracy, in 1994. In 1998, we began our expansion by acquiring licences in Rwanda, Uganda and Swaziland. Since then, we continued to grow, with a view of bringing world-class telecommunications and digital services to markets across Africa and the Middle East. Throug...
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    Senior Manager : IP Planning and Optimisation

    Primary Job Purpose: 

    • Take accountability and responsibility for the efficient Planning, Design and Optimization of a sustainable, future-proof IP network (Mobile and ISP) in line with the business requirements of MTN SA (required timelines, budget constraints, roll out of roadmap and quality standards). 

    Key Performance Areas:

    Strategy Development

    • Contribute to IP network strategy and architecture clearly describing the future vision for IP and identifying key decision points to enable this vision to be achieved
    • Contribute to IP network security strategy and architecture clearly describing the future vision for IP network security and identifying key decision points to enable this vision to be achieved
    • Contribute to IP network security strategy and architecture clearly describing the future vision for ISP IP network and identifying key decision points to enable this vision to be achieved
    • Research and assess new IP technologies: Identify opportunities and concerns to be addressed from emerging IP technologies and technology trends
    • Research and assess new IP network security technologies: Identify opportunities and concerns to be addressed from emerging IP network security technologies and technology trends
    • Deliver a target Product and Services architecture with a 3 year time horizon taking global technology developments into consideration
    • Ensure the IP architecture of Mobile, ISP and Network security architecture align with business objectives and the strategic plans of other departments

    Planning & Delivery

    • Drive execution of near term and long term plans
    • Maintain capacity and functionality requirements timeously and ahead of traffic needs for IP network and network security elements.
    • Develop policies on the deployment of selected equipment
    • Oversee and approve detailed Product and Service design (route sizes, dimension)
    • Ensure identification of geographical location for equipment to be installed
    • Assign and oversee resource requirements to complete design, planning and process tasks
    • Oversee and approve equipment configurations to be ordered from supplier(s) including cost containment
    • Ensure the IP plan and its implementation are co-ordinated with those of Radio, Core, Enterprise Business Unit (EBU), Group and Transmission
    • Ensure detailed designs for IP network growth and evolution are comprehensive and can be directly implemented
    • Ensure implementation of IP plans is carried out fully with a smooth handover to Network Operations, EBU operations or Group for cutover and integration into the live network
    • Oversee implementation by IP implementation team and resolve any design issues
    • Request funding and issue request for purchasing (RFP) to vendor, verify bill of material and confirm order of equipment and services
    • Ensure configuration loading and verification

    Network Optimisation & Performance

    • Ensure future proof IP network (Mobile and ISP) and security network design to guarantee deliverables are met according to customer requirements both internal and external
    • Ensure resources and systems are in place for optimising the IP network (Mobile and ISP) to meet quality and performance targets
    • Ensure Internet Service Provider (ISP), Network Service Provider (NSP) and Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP) requirements are met and oversee technical planning initiatives
    • Ensure the IP network consistently delivers on customer expectations
    • Ensure redundancy and disaster recovery policy
    • Provide resources, systems and inter-departmental process to ensure IP network capacity meets business requirements
    • Provide appropriate IP network technology capability to achieve business needs
    • Ensure effective processes are to track and report on performance problems and performance improvements on division level
    • Ensure investigation of performance issues and identification changes required on division level
    • Ensure review of design and drive optimisation changes

    Communication and co-ordination

    • Ensure co-operation with and support of other network group departments at all levels
    • Manage interfaces with other areas of the MTN business outside of the IP department as required for successful strategy development, planning and implementation
    • Build the understanding of existing and emerging IP network technologies across the business to ensure IP developments are fully exploited
    • Ensure provision of detailed design documentation for build and operations

    Financial Management

    • Ensures that all the licensing requirements are met and controls budget directly related to any upgrades or licensing requirements
    • Forecast, plan, develop and review IP network budgets and long range plans in line with MTN SA financial requirements
    • Manage IP network expenditure in line with agreed budgets
    • Ensure IP network budgets are optimised and linked to clear priorities with proper business cases
    • Continuously strive to identify and eliminate non-contributory expenditure
    • Drive improvements to methods and processes to increase productivity, at the same time maintaining strict quality levels.

    Technology Competencies

    • Interpret URS, Telecommunications Industry understanding, User Trends within Telecommunication, Trends of convergence of Networks, Voice Over-IP, Trends within Technology, Network Business Objectives, Knowledge of vendors and suppliers capacity and trends, Knowledge of other network providers developments, Basic Telecomm legislation, Basic ICASA regulations,
    • Equipment dimensioning principles, Telecoms facilities, IP/MPLS networks, routing protocols, GSM fundamentals, IP/MPLS OSS system
    • Thorough understanding of design aspects of L2VPN, L3VPN, pseudo wires, CSC and legacy systems
    • Good knowledge of network security aspects

    Supervisory / Leadership / Managerial Complexity: 

    • Act as Technical representative in contract negotiations with Commercial/Legal departments
    • Control budgetary management for both capital and operational expenditure in line with the Business Units requirements
    • Manage activities between internal MTN departments and resources.
    • Set and manage KPI’s for personnel
    • Recruits, develops, and retains people with outstanding potential
    • Identifies and nurtures top performers and manage under-performers.
    • Communicate actively throughout Network Group and relevant interfacing departments
    • Develop and manage standards and specifications
    • Motivation of personnel

    Minimum Requirements


    • Minimum of 4 year Technical tertiary qualification / Masters advantageous
    • Fluent in English


    • Manager track record of 5 years or more
    • 3 years or more in management role within Telecommunications,IP standards, protocols and applications essential.
    • Basic financial understanding.
    • Leading cross-functional project teams, with at least 2 years at management level.
    • Worked across diverse cultures and geographies advantageous

    Please note that MTN is an equal opportunity employer.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to MTN on to apply

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