Welcome to MG Meets Ext, a new feature where we get to know external employees from around the world that work with Manning Global. This week Transmission Design Engineer Diego Perez talks 5G, football and reveals his dream job as a child…
Firstly, thanks for agreeing to speak to us, please could you tell us a little about how you came to work with Manning Global?
My pleasure. I was working in another company, also in the telecommunications sector, but willing to explore different options; then Tamara (MG Senior Project Consultant) appeared in my life. I had never planned to work as a freelancer but the position was too tempting not to listen to it. Anyway, she guided me through the process, represented me for the position of Transmission Design Engineer for Huawei and I got the job!
What are your main duties for this role?
I am responsible for Orange (telecom network) transmission topology design in several parts of Spain, Canary Islands and Balearic Islands. My main task is the design, planning and implementation of new radio links.
What are your KPIs for this role?
Good customer service and ROI for Huawei.
What’s the most enjoyable part of your job?
I love the technical side of the job, however I also love communicating with all the other departments in the company.
How do you feel the telecom industry will develop over the next 12 months?
I think there won’t be significant changes… 5G deployment will take a little more time.
Your work is based in Madrid, what do you like most about the city?
Everything! It’s the place of my birth.
Are there any other cities in the world you would like to work, if so, why would you like to work there?
Nope, I’m happy here – it’s where all my friends and family live.
What is your opinion of 5G and how do you feel it will benefit the telecommunications industry?
I guess it will give us more work to be done… until 6G arrives 😉
What was your dream job as a child?
To be a novelist – I’ll never truly rule out this proposition!
What was your first ever job?
It consisted of placing adverting literature under the windscreen wipers of cars. I was only 16 years old, and that’s how I saved up enough money to buy my first mobile phone.
What’s your biggest professional goal this year?
There is not a specific one; I just want to become a better Engineer every day.
What’s your proudest professional achievement?
When I was working for Ericsson, I was a fundamental part of the Dakota project for Yoigo (this project consisted of a global network expansion for the deployment of 4G).
If you could listen to one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I cannot choose just one, I hope I’ll never have to! It would be a selection of songs from Peal Jam, Soundgarden and Alice in Chains.
What are your hobbies outside of work?
I love to read all kinds of literature – from English to Italian – plus it’s great spending time with my precious nephew. I also like playing and watching football (I am a proud supporter of Atlético de Madrid).
If you had one super power, what would it be?
To guess the future, but not all of it, just the parts I want to 😉
Finally, what is your life motto?
You cannot be happy if your conscience is not clean!
You can follow Diego on LinkedIn.