Colocation Data Centre Deployment Lead

Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Sydney Ref #7829 07-Jan-2021

Job description

Bigger challenges. Bolder ideas. Global impact. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. We’re the company behind the world’s fastest satellite internet service, with technology that’s helping to bridge the digital divide and improve life for our customers around the globe. By providing powerful new ways for people to connect with one another, gain greater access to education, entertainment, medical research, commerce, and much more, our team is empowering millions of customers worldwide.  

We’re looking for passionate, innovative professionals to join our team and connect the world to more. You’ll work in a collaborative and inclusive environment that values diverse perspectives and continuous learning and provides industry-leading benefits with unmatched opportunities for career growth. Our team is fearless in the pursuit of new ideas and uncompromising in our quest to become the world’s first truly global Internet Service Provider. Interested in joining our mission? Take a look at career opportunities at Viasat today.

This role will challenge the Project Manager to think strategically and lead tactically as we deploy the latest satellite communications network for Viasat-3. The role will include the deployment of the Backbone and Data Centre installation segment including but not limited to budget, supplier, commercial, quality, schedule, and risk management. The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with other internal teams including the PMO unction. The Project Manager will also develop and track key metrics for program performance, provide analysis and management of the critical paths and events on the program. This will include producing high-level schedules for both internal and external customers for any risk and issues including the development of any recovery plans.

Additionally, the Deployment Lead Project Manager will be required to work collaboratively with other Project Manager(s) of other segments of work for the most economic outcome whilst leading suppliers to deliver their contractual obligations. The PM will be responsible for reporting strategic key performance indicators of program progress as well as tactical schedule alignment as part of the day to day responsibilities.

The work involves leading the planning, execution, and completion phases of the backbone optical network installations such as ILAs and ROADMs with multiple fiber and data center contract partners in support of Viasat’s next-generation satellite gateways. The ideal candidate will have deep and recent experience with end to end management of large-scale satellite earth station, cellular or fiber-optic deployment projects. An ability to demonstrate strong project controls for multiple locations, multiple partners, and multi-million-dollar design build projects are important facets of this role.

Your ultimate success will be based on your ability to effectively collaborate with both internal and external partners.

Job Responsibilities
Identification and evaluation of potential Backbone and Data Center partners and providing recommendations on Total Cost of Ownership assessments.
Lead contract negotiations with internal teams in procurement, IT, and legal
Lead and oversee both internal shared resources and external partners to deliver the design, procurement, and deployment of colocation facilities according to program
Oversee the design, Site Make Ready (SMR) works, installation, testing, quality of deliverables, acceptance, and completion of the Data Centre deployment program
Provide technical support to all phases of installation, integration, and support including technical troubleshooting as required
Coordinate all Data Center SMR works including the delivery of cages, security, rack, and power
Manage the rack and stack installation of network and ancillary equipment including configuration, different stages of commissioning, remote integration of networking equipment in all data centers
Resource management for project delivery including any training needs and plans
Forecast project completion costs based on trends including efficiency measurements, commitments, scope changes, schedule impacts, equipment cost variance, contract changes, and invoice payments.
Compare forecast versus actual performance and contribute to the analysis and explanation of variances including developing action plans to mitigate cost and schedule delays.
Compile and/or review weekly or monthly governance reports to communicate achievements, performance, throughput, and partner concerns to project members.
Prepare reports related to cost and scheduling as the need arises.
Ability to resolve technical and commercial challenges and effectively communicate sophisticated tasks associated with design, deployment, and commissioning, and integration
Perform project administrative tasks and develop inputs for project cost estimating, budgeting, and scheduling to include purchase requisition development, purchase authorizations issuance, site-specific scopes of work development, invoice reconciliation, and project finance and accounting reconciliations.
Contract controls & governance and contract compliance management
Maintain and update company database(s)

8+ years of relevant project management experience in telecommunications facilities and network installation deployment with a strong emphasis on network deployments, OSP and ISP construction experience, and managing fiber and data center providers
Dark fiber contract management experience
Consistent track record of technical lead in procurement activities such as RFI/RFP and leading design and installation of fiber and data center partners on similar network roll-out deployments
Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel with advanced skills in formulas, functions, and data visualization
Strong communication skills, interpersonal, influencing, management, and leadership skills
Ability to work independently on multiple projects, within a virtual team environment, with opposing priorities and tight deadlines.
Strong working knowledge of project management functions and processes including planning/scheduling, cost estimating and cost control, risk and opportunity management, change management, financial and project accounting process, and systems.
MPM and Oracle experience.
Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residence required.
Weekend and extended hours may be required for troubleshooting support as the need arises.
Up to 50% overnight travel required. Extended hours as required.

Bachelor’s degree in engineering or equivalent experience
PMP certification or equivalent

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Additional Requirements and information

Minimum education:


Years of experience:

8-15 years


Up to 50%


Australian Citizenship or Australian Permanent Resident required



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