Data Center Operations Manager

Data Center Operations Manager

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Function type: Freelance - Vast Location: Brussels
Duration: 12M Reference: 202109002

For our customer we’re looking for a Data Center Operations Manager.

In the first place we’re looking for candidates with the “Anankei DNA”.
Our DNA embodies a positive and joyful attitude.
Dream IT , Trust IT, Go for IT !

In a Hybrid private/public multi-clouds model where infrastructure is exclusively sourced “as a service”, and in which one supplier offers most services, the Data Centre Operations Senior Manager holds operational accountability for:

All Infrastructure Services related to hosting of all applications, tools and appliances used by our IT as defined in the contract binding the IaaS supplier with our company.
Defining the detailed service architecture and operations in our multi-cloud environment.
Controlling the infrastructure architecture robustness and performance proposed by the vendor for private and public cloud.
Controlling the security compliancy of the infrastructure implemented by the supplier
Controlling execution of large infrastructure projects
Assessing the robustness and future proofness of new technologies proposed in the “ Iaas” sourcing mode (in case of hardware refresh)
For availability Management
• For Capacity Management
• For Data Centre disaster recovery with a high attention on cyber recovery.

By interacting with the Iaas supplier, as contractually agreed in the respect of the governance principles, he is a key contributor to IT and business processes continuity.
He liaise with the enterprise architecture team to get public cloud high level architecture defined and can translate it to a detailed design targetting an optimal use of the public cloud services. He is a Key actor in the Journey to the cloud transformation program.
He supports all the other IT processes which relies on Infrastructure services.
He endorses the responsibility of sponsoring infrastructure critical projects such the implementation of cyber recovery solutions.
As member of the SMI management team, he is responsible for contributing to the SMI and IT strategy and governance with the only objective to maximize the IT contribution to deliver business benefits.

To achieve his mission, the Data Centre Operations Senior manager is responsible for delivering the following tasks (with his team):

- Controlling that Hardware provisioning and decommissioning process meets service levels requirements in public and private cloud.
- Controlling that the Iaas supplier delivers Technical Application Management (TAM) is delivered following the level specified in the contract including: General TAM (server monitoring, event management, batch jobs monitoring, incident management, …), Database management, Middleware Management, Software distribution management, Image Management, Patch management.
- Providing operations and administration requirements and policies
- Controlling that operations and system administration procedures are developed and documented
- Controlling that Operational dashboards are developed and documented
- Providing consolidated dashboard
- Auditing that operations and administration policies for compliance with our policies
- Controlling that system administration procedures are developed and documented
- Controlling storage and Data management are documented and maintained by the Iaas Supplier following our requirements and policies
- Controlling storage performance is monitored according to the data storage specifications and policies
- Controlling that Backup and recovery services are developed, implemented and executed as required
- Defining Hardware maintenance schedules and controlling that they are executed following schedules.
- Controlling that On-site support and facility management procedures are defined and executed according requirements.
- Controlling that infrastructure documentation is up to date.
- Attending steering committees.
- Team and people management
- Budget Management



Technical skills

ITIL v4 and more specifically Service Management Process
Deep understanding of infrastructure components (Servers and telecommunication networks)
High interest to infrastructure technology evolution and new infrastructure service and operating models.
Deep understanding of public cloud technology offered by the market leaders.
Deep understanding of public cloud model
Process design

Social skills

Comfortable in a multi-cultural environment.
Ability to advise and interact with all levels of management
Can motivate a team of infrastructure architects with high technical skills and can drive them to consensus.
Can resist to business pressure
Organisational skills in order to manage and prioritise work and initiatives under deadlines
Excellent communication (written and oral) and presentation skills
Supportive driving source for your environment
Strong influence and negotiation skills
Stress resistant and demonstrate patience, tolerance and resilience
Comfortable in Operating in a fast-changing environment as a change enabler to internal clients
Ability to work creatively and analytically in a problem-solving environment, critical and constructive
Customer Focus: Flexibility and ability to cope with non-standard working hours when required
Business oriented – always acts by putting actions in perspective of targeted business results.
Delivers results – Balances Immediate and Long-term Priorities- sense of urgency when needed.
Excellent ability to manage multiple high priority efforts/ competing priorities and flexibility to adjust to changing requirements, schedules and priorities

Background :

The ideal candidate :

Has a Master degree (preferably IT) or gained equivalent knowledge by relevant work experience
Has at least 10 years of work experience in IT Infrastructure Service Management.
Has minimum 2 years of experience in a multi-cloud environment and has preferably already participated to the implementation of a public cloud .
Has Experience in IT Service Management product (ServiceNow – Remedy - …)
Has Strong ITIL Lifecycle knowledge and Service Level Management skills. Knowledge of ITIL Lifecycle V3 is mandatory (Foundation + additional certificate)
Is business proficient (B2+) in English and native either in Dutch or French

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