ADC Manager: Engineering - N/A11358
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Company Overview

Africa Data Centres (ADC) is Africa€™s first network of state-of-the-art, interconnected Data Centre facilities. We bring leading cloud service providers, carriers and enterprises, the additional rack space and colocation services they need to meet the growing demand for cloud-based services in Southern Africa.
Our facilities are all purpose-built to Tier III standards, are carrier-neutral, resilient, and have been designed, built and operated to the highest standards, to provide businesses across Africa with peace-of-mind, irrespective of the scale of their requirement.
Furthermore, ADC€™s facilities owned and operated entirely by us, meaning the physical and digital security of customers€™ data and transactional computer processing are our top priority.
ADC€™s four vendor-neutral data environments are interconnected by multiple networks. This allows businesses hosting data and cloud in Africa to have control and flexibility of where to host and back-up their data with geographic diversity.
ADC€™s facilities are ISO 27001 certified, complying with high international information security management standards, and are compliant with PCI DSS too, the global information security standard set by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council to help control and minimise points of risk to fraud or compromise of sensitive information.
Our mission is to be the heart of Africa€™s digital transformation. We strive for excellence, innovation and customer-centricity in all that we do. We recognize that our team is only be as strong as its weakest member, so we help each other progress. We never let an issue unsolved; it will get worse. We make decisions quickly and thoughtfully. In making these decisions, we keep top of mind our obligations to our customers and to our company€™s reputation. Our core values are listed below.
€¢ Integrity: We are honest, open, ethical, and fair
€¢ Diversity: We know it takes people with different ideas, strengths, interests, and cultural backgrounds to make our company succeed
€¢ Quality: We give the best of ourselves every day and strive for excellence
€¢ Community: We minimize our negative impact on the environment and maximize our positive impact towards the communities and countries in which we work.

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Job Purpose:

The Manager: Engineering 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


€¢ BSc in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering Essential, Masters advantageous
€¢ Certified Data Centre Professional
€¢ UTI Tier Designer Desirable

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

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
€¢ Ensure all handover, training, technical documents are made available for all projects.
€¢ Ensure that all internal process, rules or constraints are being considered at design level.

Group Standards
€¢ Responsible for the development of a 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.