OPEN Radio Senior Engineer

Newbury, Berkshire
  1. Full Time
  2. IT/Technology
Posting date:25 Apr, 2018

Role Title: OPEN Radio Senior Engineer

Location: Newbury  

At Vodafone Group we build connections to all our Global operations, acting as an advisory board to drive consistency and customer excellence across 30 countries and for over 420 million customers. We are constantly uncovering tactics to innovate the way we operate, set our global standards or lead our strategic performance. By joining Vodafone Group, you will be part of evolving our digital world of total communications. Now is the time to get on board.


As a bold global technology leader, our products and services touch the lives of millions, as well as lending a huge helping hand to some of the country’s most crucial organisations. 
From contactless payments to connecting emergency services, our technology delivers some truly exciting initiatives, not to mention the incredible connections we make on a global level every single day. We rely on the brightest sparks to help us deliver new innovations. So if you believe, like we do, that technology can help us imagine, create and realise a more connected future – then we need you to help us achieve that goal! 
We’re focused on building the best network, providing a knockout digital experience and giving back the very best to our business customers.  What links us all together is that we are all customer obsessed, innovation hungry and ambitious! Are you?      

Role purpose:

To deliver Vodafone Radio Access Networks (RAN) infrastructure and functionality meeting our strategic and operational needs, driving products from concept to deployable solution. This work requires close engagement with and responsibility for RAN vendors, managing the Technical relationship through requirements specification, roadmap management, benchmarking and supporting commercial RFQ´s activity with technical assessments.

Primary areas of responsibility will include, but not limited to, virtualised RAN platforms (vRAN) and associated Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), as well as Small Cell and In-building solutions. These responsibilities require engagement at all levels of the vendor eco-system as we look to leverage innovation and technology leadership to drive differentiating and cost efficient solutions in to our markets

With us you will:

  • Support the development and planned introduction of OpenRAN (vRAN) platforms in to Vodafone markets gathering and defining requirements from across the Group, engaging with vendors and the associated eco-system to deliver cost effective implementations. Support engagement with industry forums such as Facebook’s Telecom Infra Project, and Group Standards to ensure Vodafone requirements are captured and strategic direction secured.


  • Responsibility for Small cell and In-building solutions towards Product Vendors, Group Networks Engineering and our Markets ensuring roadmaps are maintained and solutions meet our Operational requirements in all radio technologies, and including all aspects of life-cycle management


  • Development of other innovative RAN Products, actively identify and promote innovative ideas, vendors and solutions. Drive development programs from concept to commercial solutions. This involves the full product development cycle from design, to pilot, commercialisation and Operational integration including validation of business cases and associated Global market demands.


  • Lead Business as Usual Technical relationship with Strategic Radio vendors in areas of product responsibility, Benchmarking, Roadmap and performance management, across the vendor base, Support or lead RFQ based technical assessments. Work with established vendors and also new entrants.

  • Contribute to, define and deliver 3 Year Radio Product Roadmap and Vodafone Specification in line with Vodafone Technology Strategy.

Apply if you have:

  • Desirable >5 years of relevant experience in a mobile operator environment in the fields of 2G/3G/4G/5G Radio Access Networks

  • Radio experience in a Market or Group in Product Management, Planning or Strategy teams.

  • Proven track record for successful delivery of new technologies and products including commercial aspects.

  • Experience in leading international programs

  • Excellent analytical skills (listening, questioning, challenging etc.)

  • Excellent communication skills – able to understand and interact in both business and technical languages

  • Project management and Finance skills 

We’re happy if you:

  • Technical expertise in Mobile Access technologies and standards incl. 2G/3G/4G/5G, Antennas, Repeaters, and Site Infrastructure.

  • Expertise in Small Cells and Inbuilding Solutions

  • Experience in virtualised RAN platforms, vRAN, Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), and associated HW and SW architectures and platforms

  • Experience in delivering RFI/RFP/RFQ management and evaluation.

  • Project management and Finance skills

  • University degree in Engineering

Commitment from Vodafone:

Vodafone is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best people by offering a motivating and inclusive workplace in which talent is truly recognised, developed and rewarded. We believe that diversity plays an important role in the success of our business and we are committed to creating an inclusive work environment which respects, values, celebrates and makes the most of people’s individual differences - we are not only multinational but multicultural too. At Vodafone you will have access to our excellent benefits programme that you would expect from any global company. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on

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