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  • Head, IT Business Office at Etisalat Nigeria

  • Posted on: 28 July, 2014 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • Etisalat Nigeria commenced commercial operations on 23 October 2008 with a promise to deliver innovative and quality services in Nigeria, Since then, Nigeria has continued to witness its innovative services.

    Etisalat redefined speed with the roll-out of the unique 3.75G HSPA+ network and It has continued to prove itself an innovative company keen to give its subscribers the best possible experience at the most affordable price.

    Etisalat Nigeria has seen unprecedented growth in the Nigerian telecoms industry with 18 million subscribers and consistently demonstrates its core values of – teamwork, integrity, passion for excellence, empowering our people and growing our people to Nigerians as it offers them world-class telecommunications services..

    Etisalat has received several awards and endorsements for its quality and innovative services. Barely six months of operations in Nigeria, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) pronounced Etisalat, Nigeria’s best network based on quality of service indices. In November 2012, Etisalat again received another award from the NCC for Excellent Customer Service. Other notable awards include - Brand of the Year award, Fastest Growing GSM Company of the Year, Best Marketing Company, Most Innovative Corporate Social Responsibility Company, Friendliest Tariff Mobile Operator, Best Telecoms Customer Service and Most Innovative Mobile Operator among others.

    Indeed, at Etisalat the future is a world in which technology extends people’s reach on all fronts.

    Head, IT Business Office


    Responsible for the governance and management of the demand pipeline and act as primary partner for the business functions to capture, structure, align and plan accepted business demand and match this demand with the IT supply functions capacity. Ensure consistent capturing and prioritization of the demand on IT and regular alignment and prioritization of demand.  Support the annual planning cycle with estimation of the demand based on known drivers.  Manage regular communication channels and fora related to the day to day operations between business units and Technology Services.

    Has responsibility for conducting reviews on IT performance on overall service delivery and incidents management and for ensuring business value is consistently and satisfactorily delivered from an operational delivery standpoint.  Coordinate the activities of the Change Control Board (CCB) 
    Principal Functions
        Strong business partnering by working closely with senior leaders in order to develop an IT agenda that closely supports the overall aims of the business units.
        Govern all delivery partners (ITO and others) in the discharge of their service delivery obligations.
        Understand pattern of business activities and the underlying drivers & take appropriate actions in order to keep IT budget & costs within approved limits while meeting Business requirements on time,  minimizing delivery risks & at the required quality
        Coordinate the activities of the CCB.
        Demand & Business Relationship Management
        Govern and manage the demand pipeline whilst matching this demand with the IT delivery capacity.  Negotiate, schedule and prioritize requests in the most efficient manner through the optimal deployment of IT resources, impact of business performance and strong focus on customer satisfaction
        Ensures timely and accurate reporting of all IT demand related issues to senior management and key stakeholders.  Develop KPIs for Demand Management as well as dashboards and regular reports to create transparency and tracking of change requests and projects
        SPOC for all new business requests, responsible for analysing and determining the fulfilment team for any service requests.  Ensure business requests support the achievement of business goals.
        Provide, maintain, and regularly publish a consolidated view of all the requests or demand made to IT for visibility and to provide insight for decision making on resource allocation and other planning purposes
        Responsible for collating / consolidating capacity and other resource requirements to ensure business requirements are delivered
        Define and maintain the IT Service Catalogue.  Agree OLAs with internal customers and ensure alignment with the SLAs agreed with delivery partners
        Identify and manage the risks related to delivery capacity and capability of current and forecasted demand.  Produce solid forecasts that guarantees the continuance of business activities.
        Collaborate with other teams and functions on matters related to demand management.
        Business Relationship Management.
        Customer liaison/advocacy - Understand customers' expectations based on their strategic objectives while delineating expectations that are driven out of individual behaviour and institutionalizing customer-centric improvement mechanisms.  Foster common understanding and better synergy between business units and IT
        Ensure the voice of the customer is reflected in all projects and initiatives delivered by IT.  Continuously engage with the business to understand business activities that may create IT demand whilst ensuring communication of progress and improvement initiatives with Customers. Assist in providing actionable, proactive insight that drives IT Organizations business decisions, escalating customer issues, driving and defining specific action plans with the relevant departments to achieve speedy issue resolution.  Support in spotting and managing any service-impacting risks.
        Attend and participate in the CE customer forums, CEO roadshows, and other similar platforms.  Organize periodic Internal Customer Forum (ICF) with business units/areas to review performance, gauge satisfaction level, understand expectations and negotiate priorities
        Performance Management
        Drive for the attainment of expected service levels with the delivery partners (ITO and others) and review performance at periodic service review meetings;
        Review and analyse service level performance reports and ensure the right insight and recommendations on underperforming services levels are brought to the fore.  Ensure concerns / deviations from expected performance levels are identified and appropriate actions taken in the CSI plan;
        Liaise with delivery partners and D&BRM team to define and implement CSIs based on outcomes of performance reports, CSAT (Customer Satisfaction) surveys, etc.  Implement measures / appropriate mechanisms to track progress towards full implementation of open CSI actions;
        Work with D&BRM to ensure that approved changes in expected service level are captured and addressed during the service reviews;
        Identify and manage risks that might threaten the capacity of all IT suppliers to deliver to expected service levels;
        Define and maintain quality measures to guide and drive measurable improvements in IT service delivery;
        Conduct post implementation reviews on CSIs implemented till closure.
        Perform any duties as assigned by the Director, IT Demand Management & Planning.
    Educational Requirements
        Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university preferred.  Possession of an advanced degree, preferably an MBA, will be an advantage.
    Experience,Skills & Competencies
        Strong customer-centric focus.
        Experience in developing planning models is strongly recommended.
        9 to 12 years of combined work experience in a service management or IT governance with role no less than half of those in an IT/Telecoms environment is strongly required.
        At least 3 years experience in a managerial role.
        Candidate will ideally have some exposure to IT operations management and good knowledge of IT governance processes;
        Experience with IT financial management, resource planning, task prioritization, budget / cost control.  Strong ability to process data and extract actionable insights
        Sound knowledge of internal business processes, outsourcing, vendor management and the mobile telecommunications industry; possesses a broad based operational perspective and provides solutions for all forms of business risk;
        Experience in working / negotiating through complex issues and providing alternative solutions;
        Deep knowledge of ITIL is required; deep and demonstrable experience as an ITIL practitioner;
        Highly developed business communications skill (verbal and written), solid team player, change agent, strategic and creative, excellent relationship management skills and the ability to drive performance, consensus from all areas within the company.

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