From serving as a soldier in La Legion, to bringing mobile coverage to Peru – from the heart of the jungle, no less – it’s been quite a career so far for Huawei technologies’ Madrid born Project Control Manager David Roncero! However, he’s only just started; here’s his thoughts on upcoming projects and future advancements in telecoms!
Hi David, thanks for taking the time to speak to us. You have over 15 years’ career experience working in telecoms – how did you enter this profession? Please could you briefly summarise your career journey that led you to work for Huawei as Project Control Manager…
I have a degree in Telecom Engineering and have been working in international telecommunications projects in several countries for many years; I’d like to think that becoming Project Control Manager for Huawei was my destiny!
What are your main duties as Project Control Manager?
- Identify risks and control them
- Customer interface: reporting and problem solving
- Delivering ROI
What qualities do you need to succeed as a Project Control Manager?
Firstly, you need to know how to control your stress levels! After that, you need good organisational skills and be sociable.
Back to your 15+ years experience in telecoms: what would you say has been the biggest technological advancement during this time?
Optical fiber for telecom and touchscreen for terminals.
You’re from the Spanish capitol, Madrid, what do you like most about the city?
There is always something new and exciting to discover in Madrid, however the best thing about the city is the people.
Are there any other countries in the world you would like to work, if so, why would you like to work there?
I’ve lived in the following countries: USA, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, South Africa, India, Columbia and Portugal! However, at this stage of my life, I do not think about working in different countries, I just like to visit them for holidays!
Which telecoms project for Huawei are you most proud of and why?
Well, at this moment I am managing a total of six projects, however the one I am most proud of is the ‘EECC CLM Firewalls Project’. Huawei will be delivering around 700 firewalls for pubic schools; this is the first time Huawei has implemented firewalls in Europe and there are a lot of people interested in the development of this project.
What was your dream job as a child?
My dream was to be a soldier and to serve in the Spanish ‘La Legion’ as a Paratrooper. I fulfilled this dream!
Finally, what’s your proudest professional accomplishment?
Installing a GSM Base Station to give mobile coverage for a small Peruvian town (Iquitos) in the middle of the jungle!