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Engineer Manager

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
October 01, 2019

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Steve Oosthuizen


Bloemfontein, South Africa Summary

Telecoms professional with 10+ years’ experience focused on delivering successful high-pressure projects by leveraging leadership experience and technical background. Currently seeking new challenges.


Project management – Prince2 Agile

Excellent MS Excel advanced formulas, macros and pivots

Microwave transmission rollout

HSPA+ / 3G, GSM / 2G RAN

Network deployment and optimization

Network stats analysis




Ericsson OSS


Aresio GEO

COPS (Celcite)

TEMS Investigation and Discovery

Work Experience

Ericsson SA = Rollout Manager Nov 2018 - Current

Approached to join microwave deployment project on MTN SA Network in Central region, as of October project only reflected 35% completion and running at a loss. Successfully converted the project deficit to +-$415 000 profit by auditing all work completed, implementing a cost vs profit report, invoicing all items previously missed, improving team structures, ended project with 65% completion in January 2019

2018 project was shared with other vendors, 2019 project given exclusively to Ericsson

On boarding contractor teams and setting up project team (20 contractor teams and 10 direct reports)

Organizing teams to run on schedule and on budget in line with the project plan

Responsible for project finances, plan and delivery

Building customer trust by listening to their priorities, keeping open lines of communication and delivering on their priorities

Tracker Connect SA = Radio Frequency Engineer Mar 2018 - Oct 2018

Set up inventory control process to reduce running costs caused by misplaced and incorrectly allocated stock

Completed courses in Linux and Shell Scripting in order to improve my efficiency

Managed schedules, maintenance, costs, stock levels and all fixed assets

End to end responsible for new site builds

Ericsson SA = Implementation Manager Jan 2017 - Feb 2018

Assigned microwave deployment project on the MTN SA network Eastern Cape region that was failing, 4 months later produced +-$755 000 profit and delivered 65% of 12 month target, 5 staff directly reported to me and various subcontractors

Improved interdepartmental relations to ensure a smooth transition between project phases

Cultivated 3rd party relationships, ensuring the availability of their facilities without which project would not have been able to proceed

Created and automated reports for the project in Excel

Oosie's Solutions = Manager Jul 2016 - Jan 2017

Orchestrated schedules and stock control to ensure positive profit margins

Created a positive public perception by putting customer relations first

Defined the scope of work, set customer expectations, managed and delivered the projects on time and on budget

Ericsson SA = RAN Network and Optimization Engineer Jan 2015 - Jun 2016

Lead a team of international network optimization engineers (30 shared resources) to meet the needs of a larger project(MTN SA 18 Month Project)

Set up specific procedures to meet the detailed requirements and KPIs of the customer which improved service quality

Oversee network performance for rollout sites, 524 sites, 2G, 3G and LTE

MTN SA = Radio Planning and Optimization Engineer Mar 2012 - Dec 2014

Created procedure documents and proposed the tool used for the National MSC Blade Cluster Cut Over Project and created commands to be included in the scripts to streamline the process

Youngest planner in the company at the time and recognised as the best fault finder

Network performance optimized by reviewing stats adjusting RAN parameters for 2G and 3G responsible for 253 sites

Network planning done for 2G, 3G and LTE sites

MTN SA = Planning and Optimization Drive Tester Oct 2010- Feb 2012

Given engineer level tasks as a result of proven accuracy and tenacity

Trialling network, assessing data and cell performance and audio quality Education

Diploma (Three Years) Electrical Engineering (WES Accredited)

Certified Prince2 Agile Practitioner

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