Engineer: Development (ADC) - N/A11359
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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 including Liquid Telecom€™s award-winning fibre network, which provides regional and international reach for customers. 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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Cape Town, Johannesburg

Job Purpose:


The Engineer is part of the Development Team and will be reporting to the Manager Engineering. Responsible for the technical aspects of new build, expansion and major upgrade of Data Centres across the continent for Africa Data Centres, predominantly in South Africa. Responsible for engineering decisions, project design deliverables and acceptance of all major mechanical or 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 specific aspects of the overall design, compliance to local regulation and Group standards for the infrastructure serving the Data Centres. Gets involved during 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 specific activities of the data centre infrastructure.
Provides technical support to the Project team, in house Sales teams and Operations teams as required.


Minimum Requirements of Job

€¢ Bachelor Degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering Essential
€¢ Ideally Professionally Registered 
€¢ Certified Data Centre Professional
€¢ UTI Tier Designer 

5 years' experience in Data Centre design & delivery 
Experience with M&E project design & delivery 
Significant Data Centre commissioning and acceptance experience 
Experience in an operational mission critical environment 
Working experience in occupational health and safety 

In-depth knowledge of technical infrastructure requirements for mission critical facilities 
Design knowledge in M&E equipment and infrastructure sizing 
Knowledge of applicable South African legislation and regulations 
Knowledge of the South African Data Centre industry and market
Good understanding of technology, products and services offered 
Knowledge of data centre international trends and key performance metrics 
In-depth knowledge of Data Centre infrastructure, including MV / LV electrical systems, HVAC / cooling, security, fire systems and BMS 


Key Outputs:

Data Centre Design Management
Accountable for specific design elements of the data centre
Responsible for data centre energy efficiency €“ ensure that design and controls are minimizing the energy consumption of the data centre 
Responsible for professional team technical supervision and their deliverables for all data centre infrastructure projects
Responsible for ensuring safety by design principles are being followed during the design and construction process
Responsible for continuous technical support for the project delivery
Responsible for technical acceptance and sign off of all design documents on behalf project team
Responsible for design compliance to company latest standards
Accountable for design coordination between all trades

Data Centre Construction
Responsible for quality inspection of the facility
Responsible to list all defects and snags identified during construction and at project completion
Ensure that all defects and snags are fixed timeously
Responsible for construction compliance to (approved) design
Responsible for technical support to project team and contractors
Responsible for technical review for all technical change orders

Data Centre Commissioning and Testing
Review, comment and sign off all commissioning and testing protocols
Responsible to set and communicate the Commissioning and Testing standards to all parties involved in a project 
Witness and sign off all commissioning stages (from Level 1 to level 5)
Report regularly to Senior PM and project team on technical status of commissioning process
Review, comment and sign off commissioning/testing reports

Data Centre Technical Handovers  
Prepare and coordinate all trainings for Operations team
Review, comment and sign off all training protocols
Attend to all training sessions with Operations team
Review, comment and sign off all Operations and maintenance manuals
Delivers on handover process with Operations: ensure that all equipment, protocols, manuals are approved and training takes place prior to RFS date

Responsible for the delivery of effective communications between the operations, the project team and professional design team
Responsible for operations and customer technical support

Equity Statement:

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