Manager: CS Core Operation and Maintenance at Airtel Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria (Airtel Networks Limited), a leading mobile telecommunication services provider in Nigeria and a member of Airtel Africa Group, is committed to providing innovative, exciting, affordable and quality mobile services to Nigerians, giving them the freedom to communicate, rise above their daily challenges and drive economic and social development. The company made history on August 5, 2001 by becoming the first telecoms operator to launch commercial GSM services in Nigeria and has scored a series of many “firsts” in the highly competitive Nigerian telecommunications market including the first to introduce toll-free 24-hour customer care; first to launch service in all the six geo-political zones in the country; first to introduce affordable recharge denominations; first to introduce monthly free SMS and first to introduce monthly airtime bonus.


Job Purpose

This function is expected to act for technical, business and functional requirements in the area of core network. Be involved in network solution planning, design and implementation. To meet KPI’s and SLAs as defined to maintain quality network services. Ensure all task are performed under the preview of Standard Operational Processes. Ensure new services are launched as per marketing requirements and delivered on a timely basis.

Key Accountabilities

Operation and Maintenance for CS core. Testing and implementation of new solution/Service/Feature.

  • Perform day to day operations & management, fix alarms and resolve incidents, prepare daily health check status and report to team lead.
  • Ensure all tasks are executed within defined process of TT Management, Change Management, Preventive Maintenance, Incident Management, Problem Management, Software update management, Security Management, Performance Management and New Node Acceptance.
  • Execution of system expansions, NCP and take corrective action when needed.
  • Provide technical support and problem analysis for operations team in case of critical situations.
  • Follow up the implementation of deployment plans and highlight delay and apply corrective actions.
  • Implement & integrate the new solution, Service & Feature.
  • Follow up with the Suppliers/Vendors about any planned network changes e.g. upgrades, S/W packages etc. as well as any network problems.
  • Ensure and maintain the CS core availability & KPIs with a defined target.
  • Cooperate with other departments during new systems installation and acceptance tests CS Core and give the support in case of issues.
  • Implement  all BISP related tasks and perform duties within BISP framework.
  • Execute patches and support update/upgrade process
  • Perform ATP, UAT on services and nodes
  • Resolution of customer complaints
  • Provide Adhoc Business/Network report as required
  • Design and optimization of interconnections with other systems (VAS, RAN, POIs etc.)

Detailed and Effective Documentation.

  • Statistical report preparation and analysis; provide the requirements based on the analysis.
  • Ensure all documentation are stored in Central location with Unique ID and Version, regularly updated pertaining to :
    • Solution Design, HLD,LLD, Acceptance Docs, Roaming Database, Capacity & Utilizations
    • NCP & Project Related document
    • New Products
    • N/W KPI & SLA
    • Operational Docs &report: AOP, Change  Management, Fault Management, Incident Management, Problem Management, Software Management etc.
    • Features & Licenses
    • AMC, Support Documents

Scalability/ Interoperability / Marketing requirements and Performance Management

  • Ensure all Vendor Network Equipment’s on the network can interoperate with one another   without anomaly.
  • Evaluate the received requirements to establish the new promotions related to VAS and plan the availability and accessibility according to IN capability
  • Evaluate the received requirements from involved Technical Sections to evaluate the existing OSS capability and features and evaluate and plan the new   developments.
  • Cooperate  with involved departments for new product or PCN go live
  • Daily review and track network traffic, licenses, trends and various parameters to ensure the Network elements are operating as expected. Where required, take   corrective action with input from TL and Group Planning team

Vendor/Partner Management

  • Ensure that the Vendor Customer Support and supplier vendors are engaged at all times to deliver high quality output expected first time right

Employee Engagement

  • Maintain high Team Harmony and Engagement at all times with both internal and external   teams and stakeholders



Educational Qualifications and Functional /Technical Skills

Bachelor/Masters of Telecommunication/Electronic Engineering degree/Computer Science

  • Detailed working Telecommunications Knowledge
  • Analytical and Presentation skills

Relevant Experience

  • At least 6 -10 years CS Core network Operations and optimization experience (MSC, MSC-S, MGW, HLR, STP);
  • Knowledge of 2G, 3G and LTE technologies architecture and standardsGood project management knowledge
  • Experience in measuring and analyzing network KPI ‘key performance indicators’

Other requirements

  • Personal Integrity and good interpersonal relationship
  • Must have excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Highly organized and good at implementation
  • Time management skills with commitment to project timelines.
  • Self-motivational skills
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Good practical skills in troubleshooting and fault resolution for supporting operations teams as an escalation point


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