HIGHLIGHTS OF QUALIFICATION
9+ years of experience in Technology Procurement in the Telecom & IT Industry.
Profound knowledge of executing tasks in Vendor Management, Contracts, Sourcing & Relationship Management domain and in Project Management.
Valiantly handled the multifarious vendor community along with the internal customers to lead the ordering & supply chain of goods & services.
Strong product development knowledge on 4G RAN, Core, Small Cells, UBR, Microwave elements along with fair understanding on the finance domain.
Proficient in using MS Office, Tableau 10.0, SQL, JIRA, Share-point & other management tools like Agile.
Fluent in English Language and efficient enough to gauge and adapt to new working environments.
SKILLS & EXPERIENCE
Vendor Management, Sourcing & Contract
Successfully conducted sourcing of eNodeB & EPC vendors by working closely with engineering teams & prepared the final recommendation reports for management review.
Achieved a milestone by sourcing vendors of RAN & Core goods, software & services for the 4G Technology in record time of 2yrs by co-ordinating with internal teams and peers.
Completed the mammoth technical contracts & SOW with Samsung Networks, Korea for eNodeB & EPC, Airspan Networks USA for Small cell & UBR, Expway for Multicast Stack, ACE & Rosenberger for BTS antennas.
Handled multiple vendor contracts for Microwave, IRM accessories etc. along with third party SOW.
Collaborated with stakeholders to analyse the risk associated with vendors and to define the clear deliverables.
Analyse the business goals to align with the SOWs.
Manage the relationships with vendors to support the Procurement vendor management model.
Market Analysis & RFP
Efficiently conducted the market analysis & trends on respective vendors to understand the industry level standards on pricing, support & technical features.
Conducted SWOT Analysis for all vendors.
Managed the restricted RFP’s for Wireless Goods & services.
Worked in closed loop methodology of RFP/ RFI to keep a tight control on the information flow.
Analysed various market reports to help and prepare the final recommendations for the vendor selection.
Work with vendors to motivate them and deliver the best solution.
Work on issues and provide a win- win solutions.
Keep a tight vigil on the vendor process and make sure it doesn’t hamper the integrity of the organisation.
Pricing & Budgeting
Successfully achieved the closure of price targets for the Wireless 4G goods, software & services.
Focused more on the project cost savings to meet the budget guidelines
Prepared the 2017-18 Capex & Opex budget of 2Bn Dollars for Wireless network to build Subs capacity of 400 MN subs in RAN & Core.
Managed to maintain a database of prices received from multiple vendors to keep a track and provide the price trending analysis to superiors.
Responsible to conduct the project governance with vendors & internal project teams.
Maintain a database of documents & project meetings to track day to day issues
Worked closely with PMO team to keep a track of project status and check if the vendors meet the agreed SLA’s.
Managed the stocks in the warehouses by forecasting methods for all Wireless goods.
Achieved a feet in 2019 by liquidating the un-used stock of more than INR 500 Crores by convening a bi-weekly meeting with the cross-functional project teams.
Implemented the Just in Time philosophy to keep a tight control on project implementation and budget.
New Technologies & Product Development
Completed the product development of 4G small cells with Airspan & Samsung.
Responsibility to develop customized BTS antennas solutions for internal customers.
Proficiently co-ordinated with Engineering teams to develop & implement multiple customized solutions to mitigate network issues like TDD self-interference, dead cells, capacity solutions like Carrier aggregation, MU-MIMO, VoLTE capacity, LTE throughout etc. and multifarious technical features with Samsung & Airspan on RAN & Core.
Successfully conducted 5G test cases Self driven car, Throughput testing, Drone application, CCTV security application.
Worked with Samsung on the NB-IoT, Massive MIMO, 4G / 5G small Cells etc.
Successfully conducted the sourcing for new technologies like 5G NR, NSA Core, Massive MIMO, NB—IoT, NFV etc.
Facilitated successful trials of 5G with different vendors like Samsung, Nokia, Ericsson, Huawei & ZTE.
Conducted various seminars on 5G tech to educate every employee in Jio.
Handled numerous technical issues in the network to maintain the network availability of 99.999% for Radio & Core.
Achieved a milestone of reducing 100K dead cells by working closely with vendors and optimization team.
Created a JIRA portal to track the network issues and pro-actively worked with team to resolve them.
Regular meetings with respective vendors for technical issues discussion.
Kept vendors on their toes to deliver the best products and services in the network.
Regulatory & Custom affairs
Liaison the regulatory compliance for importing more than 200K eNodeB and Antennas.
Successfully managed the custom import process for goods classification and other custom process documentation.
Interacted with regulatory authorities for resolving day to day issues related to technical assessment.
Visited S.Korea & China to audit the Base Station antenna manufacturing facility in 2014-2015.
Streamlined the supply chain to meet the project timelines.
Audited the factory of eNodeB manufacturing factory in S. Korea (2015).
Prepared a process to keep a tight control on the manufacturing of antennas & eNodeB.
Supply Chain Management
Worked closely with our logistics team to plan and expedite the deliveries for goods from China & Korea.
Diligently planned the just in time philosophy for stock deliveries.
Handled crisis situation in 2015-16 to airlift BTS antennas to meet the stringent project timelines.
Analytical & Technical Reports
Prepared multiple reports & dashboards on Tableau tool to publish the trend data on the stocks, project run rate, spend analysis, procurement metrics, category management etc.
Confidently interfaced with management team to present various reports & metrics during sourcing stage.
Developed an internal database to keep a track on all ordering & deliveries data.
Assistant Manager Executive Category Management 2010-2020
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, Mumbai, India
B.E in Electronics & Telecommunication 2009
University of Mumbai, India
(Equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree as determined by World Education Services, Toronto)
Member of Greenpeace India 2013-2019
Espoused the cause of Environment & Global Warming awareness campaign from 2013-2019.
Contributed for Forestation program on the outskirts of Navi Mumbai.
Actively involved in propagating the forestation program.
Member of IEEE India 2008-09
Institute of Supply Management 2020-Present