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Telecoms Analyst , Products

We are looking to recruit a pro-active, experienced telecoms analyst, eager to learn and contribute to our ComReg Wholesale Products team. Reporting to the Products Strategy Manager, this role offers the successful candidate the chance to pioneer leading-edge regulatory policy that will enhance consumer protection and boost competition and will be at the forefront of telecoms regulation in Europe.

Wholesale Products

The Wholesale Products team is responsible for the oversight of the development and maintenance of Wholesale Regulated Access Products (RAP) in the context of eir’s compliance with its regulatory obligations.  Currently the team comprises of 5 members.

The team engages with Operators on issues arising from the development, supply and maintenance of Next Generation Access (NGA) and Current Generation Access (CGA) RAP products and services such as Bitstream, Local Loop Unbundling (LLU), Single Billing Wholesale Line Rental (SB-WLR), Leased Lines etc.

The Job

The role involves detailed analysis of wholesale telecoms products and processes from a range of perspectives including process, regulatory compliance, systems, technical and market impact perspectives, all in support of the Wholesale Division’s objectives.  These analyses are key inputs to ComReg decision making at both an Operational and Strategic level.

The successful candidate will support the analysis of regulated markets, including the preparation of ComReg consultations and provides support for ComReg’s regulatory compliance and governance.

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing and analysing regulatory issues relating to Wholesale RAP Products portfolios including NGA and CGA RAPs.
  • Analysing, investigating and documenting RAP related issues as they are raised by industry or otherwise come to the attention of ComReg.
  • Sharing knowledge with the wider Wholesale team on products issues
  • Reviewing issues and making recommendations supported by detailed analysis.
  • Engaging with industry in the area of RAP related product and process development and improvement through bilateral contacts and industry forums.
  • Reviewing and documenting Wholesale Product processes.
  • Providing advice and support to other regulators where practicable, on the basis of ComReg experience, through questionnaires, surveys, enquiries etc.
  • Drafting and publishing consultations.
  • Monitoring technology evolution as it pertains to regulated access products.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • A degree in a telecommunications related area or similar. However, candidates with demonstrably strong analytical skills, preferably in an engineering area, will also be considered.
  • Work experience in a telecommunications operator, telco networks vendor or consultancy environment in a technical engineering role in core networking technologies.
  • Demonstrable ability to identify and propose solutions to systemic technical or process related issues requiring remediation.
  • Ability to use initiative and work pro-actively, balanced with an understanding of when and how to communicate and keep managers and stakeholders in the loop
  • Experience of working in a process-based environment
  • Previous experience of working successfully as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent written communications skills, with experience of preparing accurate and persuasive documents for publication, or for diverse internal audiences.
  • Demonstrable analytical skills. – the following are provided as examples of the type of work considered to contribute to analytical ability:
    • The detailed analysis of process related issues resulting in presentation and/or preparation of reports and providing documented recommendations on issues identified.
    • Consideration of issues raised by Operators regarding the operation of a RAP product and subsequent documentation of the issue and findings with a view to resolution.
    • Application of analytical skills to a technical issue relating to a products and or processes and the adherence to same, with a view to establishing compliance.
    • Proven ability to draft high quality documents for ComReg’s consultations or investigations (which may ultimately be used in litigation).

Desirable

  • Experience in a regulatory role
  • Knowledge of the current Electronic Communications Services (ECS) market, the European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) and developing trends.
  • Practical project management experience.
  • A practical hands-on approach to complex issues and ability to multi-task in a diverse environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel.

Core Competencies & Skills for the Role

In addition to your technical qualifications and experience, you will bring professional competencies and skills in the following core areas:

  • Analytical & Critical Thinking – Objectively analyses and evaluates information in order to identify patterns between situations that are not obviously related. Develops and clearly articulates solutions to complex problems.
  • Decision Making & Judgement – Effectively builds evidence base to support the decision-making process. Assesses alternative options. Uses judgement to adapt to specific and challenging requirements of the organisation.
  • Communicating & Influencing – Communicates clearly, confidently and respectfully. Engages, persuades and convinces others to follow a particular course of action. Ensures all relevant parties are appropriately updated and notified.
  • Technical Knowledge & Continuous Improvement – Possesses a command over the technical and professional skills for a particular discipline. Keeps an open mind. Demonstrates commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Teamwork – Promotes and enhances team performance through working collaboratively and in cooperation with others to achieve goals. Interacts in a manner that builds respect and fosters trust

If you meet the criteria and are interested in applying, we would love to hear from you.

Our Package

We offer an attractive package:

  • Salary €53,762.29 to €74,247.39* (Pay increases will be awarded annually subject to satisfactory performance and to the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement)
  • Dublin city centre location on Luas line and currently working remotely.
  • 28 days Annual Leave per year
  • Further Education and Training Opportunities
  • Attractive pension scheme
  • Travel tax saver scheme, Access to Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme

*(the starting salary for this role is at the entry point to the band.  The rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.)

How to Apply

Please send a comprehensive CV together with a short cover letter – telling us what you can bring to the role – to our Careers team at careers@comreg.ie by 5 p.m. on Monday 2nd November, 2020.

Check out the Recruitment section of our Careers website if you have any questions or need further information about the role or the recruitment process – /about/careers/recruitment-faq/.

 

Market Analysis Economist

We are looking to recruit a pro-active, experienced economist, eager to learn and contribute to the ComReg Wholesale Market Analysis team. This role offers the successful candidate the chance to pioneer the development of leading-edge regulatory policy that seeks to enhance competition to the ultimate benefit of consumers,  and be at the forefront of telecoms regulation in Europe.

Wholesale Division

ComReg’s Wholesale Division is responsible for the regulation of certain wholesale electronic communications markets (fixed/mobile telecommunications, broadcasting transmission) in Ireland. ComReg is required to conduct periodic market reviews of such markets in order to assess the extent of competition within them and to decide whether regulatory intervention is required. We impose obligations on any operator identified with significant market power (SMP) in order to enhance competition including requirements obligations to provide network access to other operators at regulated prices. The Wholesale Division also oversees the implementation of these obligations including using ComReg’s legal powers to enforce them. Additionally, ComReg has responsibility for ensuring compliance with competition law in the electronic communications sector basis.

Market Analysis Team

The Market Analysis Team in the Wholesale Division is responsible for competition law based high-quality economic analyses of certain electronic communications and broadcasting markets in order to determine whether competition is working well on these markets. This includes defining markets from a product and geographic perspective and assessing competition in them. On certain markets, competition may not work well because of the potential for operators to exert Significant Market Power (‘SMP’) in an anti-competitive way. In those instances, the Market Analysis Team supports other teams in the Wholesale Division in specifying the regulatory obligations to be followed by an SMP operator. The purpose of these obligations is to facilitate the development of competition to the ultimate benefit of end users.

The Job

The primary role of the Market Analysis Economist is to prepare and conduct ex ante market/sectoral reviews and to provide economic support to ComReg’s ex post competition law activities. The role reports to the Market Analysis Manager within the Wholesale Division.

The successful candidate will support the analysis of regulated markets, including the preparation of ComReg consultations and decisions. Therefore, strong technical, analytical, verbal and written communications skills are required. The Market Analysis Economist will work across the following areas:

  • Define the product and geographic boundaries of electronic communications markets, using economics-based principles of competition law and industrial organisation;
  • Assess the extent of competition within electronic communications markets in order to identify whether any service provider holds a position of market power within such markets;
  • Develop and impose appropriate remedies to identify and address competition problems associated with the potential/actual exercise of market power by service providers;
  • Interact with electronic communications operators, the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, National Regulatory Authorities in other EU Member states and with EU institutions, to conduct analyses within the context of the national and European Union legal/regulatory framework;
  • Provide support to ComReg’s ex post competition law activities;
  • Provide relevant input into other wholesale and wider organisational projects as required;
  • Provide economic support to other functional areas within the Wholesale Division, including support on pricing matters;
  • Assess potential policy options for regulatory intervention to ensure that competition within markets functions effectively and recommend appropriate courses of action to achieve same;
  • Represent ComReg at international fora and contribute to ComReg work in supporting BEREC

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • A post-graduate degree involving a significant component in regulatory or competition economics
  • A proven track record in managing the delivery of complex projects through working in both an individual and team environment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with a solid practical background in the application of economic analysis within a regulatory and/or business environment
  • Excellent qualitative and quantitative analytical abilities, including the ability to make reasoned judgements based on available information
  • Ability to draft documentation in a rational, evidence based, clear and concise manner

Desirable

  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Experience working in a regulatory environment, whether in a governmental organisation, consultancy or corporate entity
  • Familiarity with telecommunications or technology sectors and the national/EU legal framework under which ComReg operates
  • Familiarity with price control issues arising in a regulatory context

Core Competencies & Skills for the Role

In addition to your technical qualifications and experience, you will bring professional competencies and skills in the following core areas:

  • Contextual Understanding – Understands the regulatory, legislative, political, industrial, economic, societal and cultural environment within which ComReg operates. Uses this understanding to interact effectively. Considers the wider impact of actions and decisions.
  • Analytical & Critical Thinking – Objectively analyses and evaluates information in order to identify patterns between situations that are not obviously related. Develops and clearly articulates solutions to complex problems.
  • Decision Making & Judgement – Effectively builds evidence base to support the decision-making process. Assesses alternative options. Uses judgement to adapt to specific and challenging requirements of the organisation.
  • Ownership & Accountability – Applies professional ethical standards. Takes responsibility for work activities and personal actions. Follows through on commitments. Acknowledges mistakes and learns from them. Maintains effective interactions with outsourced service providers.
  • Communicating & Influencing – Communicates clearly, confidently and respectfully. Engages, persuades and convinces others to follow a particular course of action. Ensures all relevant parties are appropriately updated and notified.

If you meet the criteria and are interested in applying, we would love to hear from you.

Our Package

We are offering an attractive package:

  • Salary €53,762.29 to €74,247.39* (Pay increases will be awarded annually subject to satisfactory performance and to the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement)
  • Dublin city centre location on Luas line (currently working remotely)
  • 28 days Annual Leave per year
  • Further Education and Training Opportunities
  • Attractive pension scheme
  • Travel tax saver scheme, Access to Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme

*(entry will be at the minimum point and the rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.)

How to Apply

Please send a comprehensive CV together with a short cover letter – telling us what you can bring to the role – to our Careers team at careers@comreg.ie by 2nd November, 2020 at 5pm.

Check out the Recruitment section of our Careers website if you have any questions or need further information about the role or the recruitment process – /about/careers/recruitment-faq/