Key Responsibilities / Functions
Technical Leadership & Direction for Pre-contract Solution Development & Pricing: The xDA directs internal Nokia teams to develop the solution across Business Groups (Services, Products) and 3rd parties. The xDA, using a mix of strong consultative and technical skills, interacts with key customer contacts and decision makers to consult on customer objectives, gather business and technical requirements, establish credibility for Nokia’s solution, and demonstrate technical leadership to the customer.
Technical Management and Delivery Quality Assurance: Provides technical direction to all members of the technical project team. Provide key inputs to implementation SOWs to insure completeness and appropriately limited scope, verification of Nokia and 3rd-party product commitments in support of the architecture, and communication with key stakeholders as to the architecture and implementation plan. Technically leads troubleshooting and debugging interoperability issues, oversee testing activity, and engage as required all technical resources (people & tools) available to the program to resolve issues.
Delivery Planning: Provides input to the Project manager developing the project plan, including phase definition, entrance and exit criteria, major activities, identification of task interdependencies, and technical project risks and mitigation strategies.
Architecture and Design: During delivery, the xDA documents the solution requirements, develops the high-level design and leads overall design activity. The xDA also leads development of technical implementation planning documents such as the overall Migration and Solution Test strategy documents.
Escalation point for solution-level technical problems that arise during implementation.
Required Qualifications: (Education, Technical Skills/Knowledge)
BS, MS or PhD in Electrical, Computer Science, Network Engineering or equivalent experience.
At least 10 years of professional experience
Five or more years of demonstrated experience in network consultancy, architecture, design, implementation and management.
Strong leadership and consultative skills including ability to coach and mentor team members.
In-depth knowledge of IP and IMS and at least 2 of the following areas: VoLTE, SDM, 3G/LTE Wireless Architecture, Cloud/Virtualization, Small Cells, Mobile Backhaul, Applications, IP Transformation.
Strong relationship management skills to build cross-organizational support for appropriate engagement and support of new services/solutions.
Demonstrated track record of successful sales support and/or business development.
Must be a quick learner (without formal training), self-motivated with outstanding customer interface, communication and advocacy skills
Ability to understand customer and internal business drivers for opportunities and projects and mentor team members.
Desired Qualifications: (Education, Technical Skills/Knowledge)
MBA degree is a plus
Innovative mindset, ability to challenge status quo
Good team management skills and ability to work across organizations and cultures
A blend of experience gained from roles within both a technology vendor and service provider is desirable