Vantage Data Centers Management Co LLC is hiring a

Manager- Chief Engineer

Johannesburg, South Africa

Manager, Chief Engineer


About Vantage Data Centers

Vantage Data Centers powers, cools, protects and connects the technology of the world’s well-known hyperscalers, cloud providers and large enterprises. Developing and operating across six markets in North America and six markets in Europe, Vantage has evolved data center design in innovative ways to deliver dramatic gains in reliability, efficiency and sustainability in flexible environments that can scale as quickly as the market demands. Vantage’s business is growing exponentially through a combination of greenfield market expansion and acquisitions across North America and Europe.

Site Operations Department

The Site Operations Department is responsible for the overall health of all mechanical and electrical systems, building maintenance, and performance of all data modules in our data centers. The team is staffed 24 x 7 onsite with Critical Facility Technicians (CFTs) on each shift. This team is the face of Vantage to our customers and the first line of defense regarding the uptime of our campus as well as the performance of our customer installations. Using a Critical Maintenance Management System (CMMS) to plan and track work needed, the Site Operations department performs all preventative and corrective maintenance. Our culture expects and rewards team performance that engages directly with the customers and the facility infrastructure. This is a team that does most of the actual work versus calling upon vendors.

Position Overview

The Manager, Chief Engineer will manage a team of CFTs with direction from the Director of Operations. This position will oversee workflow/work order management, training plans, event management, customer communications, hiring and performance management of their assigned CFT team. Our CFTs are respected, well-trained, customer-focused and some of the best facilities engineers you will find in the industry. This position will leverage your extensive experience to help guide the team in some of the more challenging aspects of maintenance in areas such as: critical MOP development, testing plans, sparing approaches, capital planning, end-of-life replacement and expansion of existing facilities while eliminating risk to our customers and their businesses.
While this position is leadership-focused, the intent is to be a Chief Engineer first and a people manager second. And while this role is not a ‘regular’ Critical Facilities Engineer position, it will suit someone who could pick up the tools and do the job, if needed.

Job responsibilities:

  • Daily management and administration of the engineering & operations functions at the facility with the objectives of safely and effectively operating machinery and building systems
  • Using your knowledge of the systems in place, coupled with performance data collected, evaluate the performance of systems and suggest cost-effective improvements to service and operating efficiency
  • Ensure the availability of an adequate inventory of tools and other supplies to operate the building
  • Protect and improve the value of our assets and ensure that building machinery and systems meet or exceed their expected life
  • Organize administrative functions related to site operations, such as a work orders and maintenance activities, budgets, etc.
  • Assist with the preparation of operational and capital portions of the budget
  • Ensure that major projects performed at the building are properly planned, executed and closed out in accordance with best current practices in our industry
  • Oversee the activities of contractors working within the building
  • Manage contracted service work at the facility
  • Train CFTs, as appropriate, in new processes and procedures
  • Direct and maintain the site-specific preventive maintenance and work order program


Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, business or related field,
  • Experience in Data Center, facility/plant engineering and maintenance supervision required
  • Direct managerial experience
  • Universal CFC certification required, or obtained within first year of employment
  • Proven record of excellent internal and external customer service
  • Ability to communicate well in both oral and written reports
  • Encourage and foster a team-oriented environment
  • Understanding the engineering and operational aspects of the building systems and recognize system performance deficiencies immediately and respond to operational and emergency situations


Vantage Data Centers is an equal opportunities employer

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