Senior Engineer: Data Centre - N/A09925
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Company Overview

A subsidiary of Econet Global, Liquid Telecom is the leading independent data, voice and IP provider in eastern, central and southern Africa. It supplies fibre optic, satellite and international carrier services to Africa's largest mobile network operators, ISPs and businesses of all sizes. It also provides payment solutions to financial institutions and retailers, as well as award winning data storage and communication solutions to businesses across Africa and beyond. Put simply, we connect people.

We started out by questioning the way things are done and being single-minded in our determination to improve them. Everything we do is driven by a simple yet powerful belief that everyone in Africa has the right to be connected. Over the last decade, this vision has helped us change the face of communications in the region.

Our future-focused approach to new product development makes our services enduringly adaptable.

€œWe have to focus on services of the future and new revenue streams not as a side show to infrastructure but as the main show leveraging off the infrastructure which we have.€ - Nic Rudnick

 Our flexible and dynamic business model keeps us at the forefront of telecoms innovation. And by listening to customers, we ensure that our solutions are constantly evolving to meet their needs. In June 2017, Liquid Telecom raised $700m in a bond and term-loan issue that will help Liquid Telecom refinance debt and provide a war chest for further acquisitions.

Our Beliefs

At the very core of our business is our belief that every individual on the continent has the right to be connected. We believe that the power of technology will create better and brighter lives for everyone.

We're for everyone - Being connected shouldn't just be for the privileged few. We believe it's for everyone and this was recognised at the AfricaCom Awards 2013 when we won an award for Best Cost Efficiency Solution. The sense of doing the right thing runs through every aspect of our business.

Integrity - Having integrity in everything we do has made us what we are today. We are all encouraged to play our part and take responsibility for doing things right €“ and doing the right thing.

Only The Best Will Do - We're constantly striving to deliver the best communications technology to everyone €“ from the smallest communities to the biggest businesses in the region.

Don€™t Talk Do - We listen carefully to our customers, then we deliver beyond their expectations. This €˜can do' attitude is key to our success.

In It For The Long Run - We've invested heavily in our own network and technology. We created the largest single fibre network in the region, which stretches over 18,000km across borders to connect people locally, nationally and internationally. We're not stopping there €“ we're continuing to invest so we can connect people all over Africa.

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Job Purpose:

The Senior Engineer is part of the Development Team in charge of the delivery of new build, expansion and major upgrade of Data Centres across the continent for Africa Data Centres, predominantly in South Africa. He is responsible for all engineering decisions, project design deliverables and acceptance of all major mechanical and electrical deployments completed for Africa Data Centres.
Responsible to update and improve Design and Group Standards based on lessons learnt on previous projects and in order to comply to latest customer requirements and industry trends.
Accountable for design, compliance to local regulation and Group standards for all infrastructure serving the Data Centres. Manage all technical design phases for each project from inception to hand-over to Operations team. This includes oversight of professional engineering consultants and technical sign-off & acceptance of their deliverables.
Responsible for technical sign-off during all significant design, construction and commissioning activities for data centre infrastructure for hand-over to the operations team.
Responsible for providing technical support to the Senior Project Manager, in house Sales teams and Operations teams as required.

Minimum Requirements of Job

Formal Qualifications Required

  • BSc in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
  • Certified Data Centre Professional - advantageous
  • UTI Tier Designer - advantageous


Job Related Experience Required

  • 5 years experience in Critical facility design & delivery
  • 10 years experience with M&E project design & delivery
  • 5 years significant Critical Facility commissioning and acceptance experience
  • 5 years experience in Data centre Design and Build
  • 5 years International projects experience advantageous


Job Related Knowledge Required

  • In-depth knowledge of Critical infrastructure, including MV / LV electrical systems, HVAC / cooling, security, fire systems, and BMS
  • Knowledge in Construction/development project
  • Knowledge of data centre international trends and key performance metrics
  • Knowledge of the African Data Centre industry and market
  • Good understanding of technology, products and services offered


Job Related Skills Required

  • Technically competent with complex engineering systems
  • Ability to work alone or as part of a cross-functional team
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Good analytical thinking ability
  • Ability to work under pressure in a mission critical environment
  • Highly motivated and disciplined
  • Process-oriented and conscientious
  • Delivery focused and able to make things happen
  • Problem solver with an ability to find innovative ways to resolve issues



Key Outputs:

Data Centre Design Management

  • Accountable for data centre electrical and mechanical design
  • Responsible for professional team technical supervision and oversight of professional services teams (consulting engineers / architects) for all data centre development projects
  • Responsible for technical approvals and project design milestones acceptance and sign off
  • Accountable for design compliance to local regulations
  • Accountable for ensuring safety by design principles are being followed during the design and construction process
  • Responsible for technical tender adjudications and equipment and contractor selection
  • Establishment of commissioning acceptance criteria for all critical mechanical and electrical systems, including minimum requirements for hand-over documentation
  • Final authority for commissioning activities, site acceptance and hand-over to the operations team


Team work and coordination

  • Accountable for continuous technical support for the project delivery and construction teams
  • Ensure that Operations team have approved design during all the development phases
  • Responsible for the delivery of effective communications between the operations and professional design team
  • Coordinate Operations team prior to hand-over during commissioning and training activities
  • Ensure that all internal process, rules or constraints are being considered at design level.


Group Standards

  • Responsible for the development of a more robust and accountable design process
  • Development of standardised data centre environmental requirements and ongoing energy efficiency (PUE) targets
  • Ensure Design consistency across the Data Centres of the Group
  • Ensure that the Group standards comply to the latest customer and industry requirements
  • Responsible for all technical lessons learnt sessions with Project team and Operations team
  • Ensure that any design initiative are thought at Group level and not local level.
  • Responsible to update the Group Standards on a regular basis


Financial Management

  • Oversight of capital budgets for data centre infrastructure projects
  • Responsible for realising deferred CAPEX for future upgrades and new build deployments
  • Responsible for achieving a reduction in CAPEX and for generating OPEX savings with best practice international design principals
  • Responsible for energy saving initiatives to reduce PUE across all facilities


People Management / Communication

  • Oversight of professional services teams (consulting engineers, architects, commissioning agents) and their deliverables
  • Responsible for operations technical support
  • Responsible for Senior PM technical support
  • Responsible for in house Sales technical support
  • Report issues in a timely manner

Equity Statement:

In line with our company transformation policies, preference will be given to EE candidates.