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5G Open RAN Architect

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Global Open RAN Centre of Excellence (CoE)

We have established the Global Open RAN Centre of Excellence (CoE) in the U.K. to accelerate the global adoption of Open RAN and to further strengthen its structure for accelerating the global deployment of 5G.

This new CoE is responsible for business and solution development, product development support, project execution and technical support for NEC's global Open RAN business. It will form the backbone of NEC’s global project delivery capability, building on the company’s long-term experience in communication, across the globe.

Are you interested to work in a dynamic and highly skilled team with lots of interaction with colleagues, partners and end-customers throughout Europe? Does a job as a Solution Architect who will help the transformation of Radio Access Networks to true open networks appeal to you? Then this is the perfect role for you

The Job

NEC is looking for creative, people-oriented and technical professionals who are passionate and results driven to strengthen the COE organization. This position can be located anywhere in Europe in one of our offices or working from a suitable home office.

As part of the 5G CoE System Engineering team in NEC Europe, the ORAN Solution Architect will work with the Engineering team to create reference blueprints for NEC’s Open RAN deployments. These blueprints will form the basis for all of NEC’s ORAN deployments and as an architect you will play a key role in ensuring the success of NEC. Of course, NEC will provide you with the required training on the products, solutions and technologies enabling you to grow and develop the specialist knowledge required to serve our customers according to the highest standards for which NEC is known.

NEC offers a challenging and innovative environment that encourages employees to fulfil their potential and recognises their contribution. Our continued success is overwhelmingly due to our greatest assets: our cutting-edge technology and our employees.

We operate hybrid working at our office in South Ruislip; 3 days are based on site and 2 at home.  We pay an allowance to cover your expenses whilst working at home.  Weekly hours are 35 hours per week.  The role comes with good holidays and various benefits, including private medical insurance.

Key Responsibilities
  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert for 4G and 5G RAN architectures to support NEC’s business in this area
  • Support the design and build of the NEC 4G/5G RAN network blueprints by creating the design and documentation of the RAN solution to address the customer’s requirements
  • Ensure the designs meet the quality, robustness and scalability demanded by top tier Telecoms Service Providers
  • Work with the Customer Engineering and Business Development teams to capture customer requirements and create solutions that meet their needs
  • Evaluate system performance, identifying areas for improvement and propose enhancements as part of NEC’s initiative for continuous improvement
  • Provide technical support to Customer Engineering team as and when required through the project life cycle to ensure success of the customer project
  • Add value to the team as a resource in his or her field of product expertise in addition to leveraging this expertise across the telecommunications field by actively participating in technical knowledge transfer sessions

Skills & Experience Required
  • 5+ or more years’ recent experience in a responsible role relevant to radio access network design and architectures
  • Knowledge and experience of product integration with a proven track history of success
  • Solid understanding of Networking Protocols like IP, TCP, SCTP, IPSEC
  • End-to-end RAN architecture knowledge (2G, 4G, 5G)
  • Knowledge of OpenRAN protocols between RU, DU and CU would be beneficial
  • Familiarity with RAN Technologies (vRAN, MIMO, Small Cells, Timing and Sync with GPS, PTP)
  • Familiarity with VNF/CNF virtualisation platforms and technology would be a key advantage
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbally) and the ability to effectively explain complex details to others is essential
  • Ability to quickly grasp and adapt to new technologies and concepts.

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