Date:  Sep 17, 2023
Contract type:  Permanent contract

BORDEAUX, FR, 33000 TOULOUSE, FR, 31000 NANTES, FR, 44000 LYON, FR, 69003 ROUBAIX, FR, 59100 CESSON-SEVIGNE, FR, 35510 CROIX, FR, 59170 BREST, FR, 29200 PARIS, FR, 75017


We are looking for a Head of Design & Build who is passionate about a vibrant mix of Datacenter infrastructure design, construction, project management and Network infrastructures. Reporting to the Chief Industrial Officer (CINO), you are the budget owner and responsible for a broad range of new Datacenter design and build projects as well as the organic growth of our existing Datacenters. All those projects being related to OVH 5-year strategic plan in terms of infrastructure roll-out worldwide.


Main mission of the Head of Design & build is to drive the 3 squads in charge of designing OVHcloud datacenter infrastructures, building and deploying Datacenter and Network facilities.


  • Design OVHcloud Datacenter infrastructures
    • Strengthen the capacity for innovation and agility of the OVHcloud model
    • Define the inside and outside urbanization of the Datacenters
    • Issue the High Level Design of the systems (electrical/cooling/monitoring) leveraging the latest OVHcloud R&D innovation
    • Maintain a cost/environment driven technology watch to assess and ultimately introduce the latest innovations in the Datacenter industry
    • Put together the Technical Specifications of the systems prior to the Requests For Proposals sent out on the market
    • Analyze and validate the vendors/contractors submissions along with the Sourcing/Legal teams


  • Deploy OVHcloud Datacenter infrastructures
    • Apply for the necessary administrative permits
    • Set up the long lead-time items sourcing and procurement strategy along with the Sourcing/Supply teams
    • Project manage the construction/installation works on site
    • Perform the Factory and Site Acceptance Tests of the miscellaneous gears to be installed
    • Perform the commissioning of the critical systems (electrical line-ups/cooling line-ups/monitoring)
    • Hand over to the Datacenter Operations teams upon completion



  • Deploy OVHcloud Network infrastructures
    • Set up the long lead-time equipment sourcing and procurement strategy
    • Negotiate the telco/housing services contracts along with the Sourcing/Legal teams (dark fiber, transmission capacity, peerings/IP transits, PoP colocation services)
    • Define OVHcloud Peering strategy and implement it
    • Project manage the installation/cabling works on site
    • Hand over to the Network Operations teams upon completion



  • Plan and manage OVHcloud infrastructure budget
    • Submit the yearly CAPEX/OPEX plan for arbitration
    • Manage the budget and the P&L of your perimeter
    • Seek for project related budget approvals in regular investment committees prior to execution
    • Follow up on the monthly budget consumption with the Finance controlling team
    • Reforecast the budget to align with the business needs and the year-end landing objectives



  • Manage a team of 30 people including 3 Managers in direct reporting
    • Structure and develop skills and competencies across the business to support our growth at a worldwide level
    • Lead individual and collective performance across your perimeter
    • Lead all HR processes in your perimeter: objectives settings, annual appraisals, people review and development, salary reviews, training path





Your Skillsets:


  • Strong experience along with credibility & seniority in Design/Build activities including management experience
  • Solid knowledge of Building facilities (Design, Build & Run), renovation of existing industrial buildings, telecom-type network projects.
  • Ability and experience to lead strategic projects with diverse cultures and teams
  • Customer oriented
  • The capacity to innovate, to seek the best compromise and to promote it, searching for simplicity, frugality, common sense; also the technical skills to challenge the solutions proposed, in particular by subcontractors
  • Highly organized, thoughtful, and proactive in driving projects forward independently
  • Excellent communication, rigor, agility, adaptability, creativity, and team spirit  
  • Trusted team player with the ability to foster strong relationships across multiple levels and functions within a global organization
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment with the ability to manage several projects simultaneously with a strong focus on optimizing costs




  • Background in Engineering or architecture in construction and/or building sectors
  • +15 years of work experience in the construction/design office/or engineering sector
  • Strong expertise in feasibility study/ FEED expertise
  • Entrepreneurship, solution-orientated, and innovative
  • Fluency in French and English
  • International experience(s) ideally in Asia Pacific and/or North America
  • Based in North of France or willing to relocate 3 days/week and be present physically on site (Near Lille)