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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

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Seeking Senior Service Engineers for Ireland

Some great roles in our RSSA Competency Hub that is based here in Ireland. Work as part of a European-based team and travel to Africa to work on some of the company’s most strategically important, complex, challenging and rewarding projects. If you are looking to give your career a boost, be seen as a regional expert, and gain international experience, these are definitely roles you should consider:

Senior Service Engineer with DPI
– please apply here:
http://goo.gl/zVzSwM

Senior Service Engineer with EMM 
– please apply here:
http://goo.gl/TIwLkR

Please note, although based in Ireland, these roles involve 90% travel to RSSA (countries highlighted in image below)

 

 

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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

Senior Solution Architect BSS position, Dublin/Africa

In the role of Senior Solution Architect, you will be responsible for managing customer requirements and proposing solutions in BSS utilizing Ericsson and 3rd party products. The senior Solution Architect is engaged with the account team from pre-sales through the implementation and conclusion stages of the project. The senior Solution Architect is experienced in handling scope change and also demonstrates strong leadership capabilities. Interested? Please click here to know more or to apply: http://goo.gl/nE1Ema

Senior Service Engineer (DPI), IP Broadband and Core – Africa

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 Service Engineer (DPI) to its team Dublin.
You will be working predominantly through the Establishment, Realisation & Handover phases of projects. You will be required to act as the technical lead for solutions, with a high level of Customer interaction and co-ordination with Product Development Units, Competence Centers and the Customer Technical and Marketing Teams. As technical lead you will be responsible to secure that the deliveries of solutions to customers are made in a professional way.
This role will support projects throughout region RSSA and as such willingness to travel up to 90% of the time is a pre-requisite for this role. Interested? Please click here to know more or apply: http://goo.gl/aLRGGj

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Senior Customer Project Manager vacancy – Africa

This senior role is highly visible and requires excellent inter-personal, leadership and communication skills. It will demand constant interaction with account teams, delivery teams, 3PPs and the customer. This role is likely to be suited to CPMs with strong experience in BSS technologies. To know more, or to apply, please go to: http://goo.gl/67HCyX

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Senior 3G Optimisation and Design Engineer, RAN (Ireland/Africa)

Ericsson are looking for a Senior 3G Optimisation and Design Engineer to join our CHI (Competence Hub Ireland) team to be Headquartered in Ireland and travel for 90% of the time to Sub-Saharan Africa. These are highly visible and pro-active roles requiring highly developed inter-personal and communication skills which will present an opportunity to the successful candidate to be the most senior RAN Engineer on teams, involved in highly complex projects that are of significant strategic importance to the organisation. For more information, and to apply, please go to the following link: http://goo.gl/3cuJdf