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Lead – Whitespace Planner at Airtel

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00


Job Description

Why Airtel Malawi Plc?
At Airtel Malawi Plc, we act with passion, energy, and a can-do attitude. Innovation with an entrepreneurial spirit drive us. If you like “ordinary”, then we are not for you.
We champion diversity. We anticipate, adapt, and deliver solutions that enrich the lives of communities we serve. we roll up our sleeves to win with our customers.
By choosing Airtel Malawi Plc, you choose to be part of a winning team. All this in addition to a brilliant opportunity to build a career in your field of expertise, across our different operating companies in Africa.
Airtel Malawi Plc is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and remain fully committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
As whitespace planner you will be responsible for designing and optimizing the layout and utilization of the physical space within the data center facility to ensure efficient utilization of physical space, optimize capacity management, and support the growth and scalability of IT infrastructure. The Whitespace planner will be responsible for maintaining a well-organized and efficient data center environment that meets both current and future IT infrastructure requirements.

The Whitespace planner responsibilities:

  1. Space Planning: Designing the layout of the data center floor space to maximize efficiency and capacity utilization. This involves planning the placement of server racks, networking equipment, cooling systems, power distribution units, and other infrastructure components.
  2. Efficient Space Utilization: Design and optimize the layout of the data center floor space to maximize efficiency. This includes proper placement of server racks, networking equipment, cooling systems, and other infrastructure components to make the most of available space.
  3. Capacity Management: By monitoring and forecasting data center space, power, and cooling capacity, the whitespace planner should ensure that resources are utilized effectively. This proactive approach helps prevent overutilization or underutilization of resources, supporting seamless operations.
  4. Equipment Placement: Determining the optimal placement of IT equipment within the data center to ensure proper airflow, cooling, and access for maintenance.
  5. Rack Layout Design: Creating rack elevation diagrams and floor plans to visualize the arrangement of server racks, cabling, and other equipment within the data center.
  6. Compliance and Standards: Ensuring that the data center design and layout comply with industry standards, best practices, and regulatory requirements related to space utilization, safety, security and in compliance to environment for IT operations.
  7. Collaboration: Working closely with data center architects, engineers, operations teams, and other stakeholders to coordinate space planning activities and ensure alignment with business objectives.
  8. Conduct site surveys and assessments to evaluate existing space utilization and identify opportunities for optimization.
  9. Optimization and Innovation: Evaluate technologies and solutions to enhance whitespace planning processes and efficiency. By staying informed about emerging trends and developments, they recommend continuous improvements to optimize operational efficiency.
  10. Future Growth and Scalability: With expertise in space planning strategies, you will need to plan for future growth and scalability. This forward-thinking approach ensures that the data center can expand and adapt to changing business requirements.
  11. Up to 35% of travel required, mostly in Africa.


  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Information Technology, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in data center whitespace planning, capacity management, or facility design.
  • Knowledge of data center infrastructure components, including server racks, networking equipment, cooling systems, and power distribution units.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills with the ability to interpret data and make informed decisions.
  • Effective communication and collaboration skills to work with cross-functional teams and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of industry standards and best practices related to data center design and operations.
  • Project management skills to plan and execute whitespace planning projects effectively.
  • Certification in data center design, capacity planning, or related areas is a plus.
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and work in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and in-depth knowledge in the Telecommunication industry data Centre modelling
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Master’s degree in a related field or MBA will be an advantage
  • Strong leadership skills and knowledge
  • Experience with data centre  physical security e.g. access control, surveillance systems etc..
  • 8+ years of relevant experience managing mission critical facilities

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