Open Networks Standards Engineer

Date:  Jul 21, 2022

Princeton, NJ, US, 08540

Company:  NCA - NEC Corporation of America

Location: New Jersey or Remote


Open Networks Standards Engineer



NEC is growing its 5G business internationally and is looking for a best-in-class standards manager to lead its open and disaggregated open standards efforts. NEC has been a pioneer and an early leader in SDN, Open RAN and cloud native core with publicly announced deployments at some of the most advanced telecom networks such as Rakuten and Telefonica. Together with NEC’s 5G core and Netcracker’s orchestration systems, Open RAN is an important part of NEC’s growth in telecommunications.

The Open Networks Standards Manager will have responsibility for the monitoring, contribution to ONF and TIP.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities                                                


1) Regularly attend TIP and ONF working groups meetings and activities.


2) Report working groups strategies, direction, roadmap, progress and action items to product management and coordinate updates to development groups.


3) In coordination with product management identify product requirements, NEC differentiators, roadmap items that should be presented / contributed / protected in TIP / ONF.


4) Report on customers, prospects, partners, competitors’ stance and direction in the working groups


5) Elaborate a strategy to meaningfully contribute to the working groups’ activities


6) Identify opportunities to partner, contribute, lead interoperability, plugfests, demo, prototyping, trials


7) Coordinate with product management and development team support for testing, trialing






       Master of science, engineering degree in computer sciences or telecommunications preferred, MBA an asset but experience in lieu can be considered.



  • Thorough understanding of telecommunications networks (4G, 5G), their components and workflow
  • Experience participating / leading working groups and activities at O-RAN alliance, ONF and TIP
  • Has contributed, edited, led SDO activities in the past (3GPP, ETSI, MEF, …)
  • At least 5 years’ experience in RAN, preferably exposed to open RAN
  • 5 + years in standards management or product or solutions architecture roles
  • 7+ years in telecommunications
  • Telecom vendor or telecom operator experience
  • Agile / Lean methodologies and frameworks
  • Understanding of cloud native architectures, microservices, containers
  • Understanding of Radio Units hardware components
  • Understanding of hardware / software acceleration in telecoms (DPDK, SRIOV, ASICS, FPGA, GPU…)
  • Understanding of massive MIMO, Beamforming



Specialized Knowledge and Skills


Language Skills:

  • Excellent written, spoken English


Qualities desired:

  • Analytics skills
  • Fast learner
  • Autonomy
  • Curiosity
  • Work well in a team in a multinational, multi time zone fluid environment
  • Resilient
  • Positive attitude
  • Empathetic
  • Great communication skills, at ease presenting at executive and operational levels
  • Persistent
  • Courageous, able to articulate and defend its positions in a fact based, data based approach
  • Methodical
  • Patient


Computer and/or Technical Skills:

  • Requirements methodology and tools (AHA, Rational /Doors, Jira…)
  • Understanding of open RAN architecture, workflows and interfaces
  • Understanding of 3GPP overall architecture, workflows and interfaces
  • Familiar with big data / machine learning / deep learning



General Work Environment:

Work from home / remotely (anywhere in the world) / or in one of NEC’s office when / if appropriate

Travel: Must be able to travel internationally up to 40% of their time


Supervisory Responsibility, if any:





Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC is a leading provider of innovative IT, biometrics, network, and communications products and solutions for service carriers and Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including healthcare, government, education, and hospitality. NEC delivers one of the industry's broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications, 5G and biometric security. NEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in over 44 countries and more than $37.5 billion in revenue. For more information, please visit 

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