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Ericsson from Europe to Africa: Meet Some of our Global Team

One of the greatest things about working at Ericsson is the opportunities you have to work with people from different countries, cultures and backgrounds, and maybe even travel to work where they are.

One such organisation is the RSSA CHI (which stands for Region Sub Saharan Africa Competence Hub Ireland). This team provides senior competence across the Sub Saharan Africa region. At Ericsson, this means Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Namibia and many more – quite an adventure!

Team members, who are regarded as being the best in their field, will travel on assignment to these countries to assist or manage some of the most complex, challenging, strategically important and rewarding projects in the world.

The team itself is fairly representative of the best of Ericsson: a diverse mix of professionals from all over the world who have each excelled individually and have joined forces to form a unit that has a strong ethos of teamwork (they describe themselves as the “A-team”).

Although they travel significantly thought the year, I was pleased to catch up with Jeffrey Manalaysay and Hamizan Mohamad when they were here in Ireland recently (where, as you can see, we were having a typically fantastic Irish summer).

Hamizan Mohamad
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Hamizan Mohamad is a veteran of telecoms and joined Ericsson in 2007, and Ericsson Ireland in 2011 as a Senior Customer Project Manager, managing multimillion-dollar rollout projects and programs on Ericsson’s behalf. Although I had worked with him since 2011, this was the first time we met face to face. He told me the RSSA region itself gave you a lot of varieties in terms of culture, working environment and customer interactions. You will meet up with new challenges everyday which makes the job even more interesting. This creates diversity in your experience and it makes your job very enticing!

Jeffrey Manalaysay
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Jeffrey Manalaysay has worked with Ericsson for over 10 years now, in the Philippines, Sweden, Brazil, Algeria and now Ireland. He is a Senior Solution Architect, helping bring Ericsson’s customers ambitions to fruition through innovation. Jeffrey told me: “I have travelled to various African countries specifically in the Sub-Saharan region. Since Africa is a continent like none other, it has that which is elegantly vast or awfully little. It goes the same with the projects; it could be a huge turn-key project or a small delivery; very challenging or a “walk in the park.” Either way, there are always lessons to be learned. But the biggest lesson from Africa both in a professional and personal experience was that, our life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things.”

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Hamizan and Jeffrey work on projects in the RSSA Region (illustrated). Having recruited for this division a couple of years ago, I have discovered a couple of interesting facts about Africa that I thought I would share with you:

  1. Sub Saharan Africa has a bigger land area than India and China combined- wow.
  2. The number of languages spoken in Sub Saharan Africa is over a thousand.
  3. More oil is produced in Sub Saharan Africa than in the Middle East- sorry EMEA!
  4. Mobile Data penetration is expected to double by 2017.
  5. The second largest market in the world for Guinness is Nigeria. (Is this why the RSSA CHI is in Ireland?)

So, if you think you are the next Hamizan or Jeffrey, and you’d like to discover RSSA like I have, we would love to hear from you. We’re hiring right now:

Senior Solution Architect – BCSC/CBIO
Senior Solution Architect – RAN
Senior Customer Project Manager – NRO
Senior Customer Project Manager- CSI
CSI Program Director/Manager

Vacancy – Senior Customer Project Manager in CSI (BSS) – Africa/Ireland

The RSSA (Region Sub Saharan Africa) Competence Hub Ireland provides senior competence to support deliveries across the RSSA region. RSSA Competence Hub Ireland is looking to recruit Senior Customer Project Managers (CPM) with experience in Core, OSS and BSS to join its team based in Dublin.
As a Senior Customer Project Manager, you will be responsible for managing major customer projects for Ericsson CSI solutions. You will be working through all phases of projects from presales through establishment, realisation & handover.
Interested to know more? Please click the following link: http://goo.gl/2GKBZP

Customer Project Manager Vacancy, Dublin

We are looking for talented Experienced and Senior Project/Programme Managers with responsibility for programme and project delivery to key Ericsson customers. The Project/Programme Managers will report to Head of Implementation in Ireland.  As a Project/Programme Manager in Ericsson you will lead complex projects along the lines of ICT (OSS/BSS) and/or Network Rollout (NRO). The role involves planning requirements with customers and leading projects through the entire project lifecycle. This includes managing project schedules, identifying risks and clearly communicating goals to project stakeholders.

Interested? To know more, or to apply, please go to http://goo.gl/i1dWy0

You will only see thinks like this in Dublin:

Man walking down a Dublin street being followed by a giant loin fish floating behind him.

 

Life of a CPM Slides

Lorcan Duffy, head of our Project Managment office for Western and Central Europe recently presented “Life of a CPM” at CareerZoo on Ericsson’s behalf. His slides are an interesting insight into not only his experiences as a CPM, but also Ericsson as a company for you to develop your skills and advance you career. Here are his slides: http://www.slideshare.net/barryvickers/life-of-a-cpm

Lorcan’s team are currently hiring a senior CPM/Program Manager at the moment, and you can see more about the role here: http://goo.gl/jE6Ube

We also have a number of other CPM roles available in Ireland working towards customers here, in Europe and in Africa: http://goo.gl/bEXifW

Lorcan Presenting to a packed Tech Box

Lorcan Presenting to a packed Tech Box

CareerZoo Image Slideshow

We had a great day at CareerZoo, and met some fantastic (I hope) future Ericsson employees there. Lorcan Duffy PMP, Manager of our Project Management Office presented the “Typical day of an Ericsson CPM” to a packed Tech Box. Lorcan is hiring a number of CPMs for his team this year. You can see these roles here: http://goo.gl/UCLL9f

Joe Flynn also joined us from our PDU (Product Development Unit). Joe will be hiring a number of Java/JEE based roles throughout this year, you can see his roles here: http://goo.gl/np7l0f

Congratulations to the guys at CareerZoo for organizing a great event, and thank you to the 12,000 people who came along. Click below for the slideshow.

Project Manager positions, Dublin

We are still interested in hearing from talented CPMs. If you have managed large complex projects in demanding environments, please do take a look at these roles:

CPM (NRO) http://goo.gl/i1dWy0
CPM (CSI) http://goo.gl/EkrFqx

Latest Africa/CHI roles

We’re still recruiting for Africa roles. If you are interested, we’d love to hear from you. Here is whats available right now:

If you want to know more about Afica, you might find this previos post interesting: http://wp.me/plRay-1mo