Audio Studio Manager/ Editor/ Sound Designer pool, BBC Studios Audio (Freelance)

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Job Introduction

We are seeking experienced freelance audio studio managers, audio editors and audio sound designers to be part of a pool providing services for BBC Studios Audio.

BBC Studios Audio is an exciting, growing commercial audio production company that specialises in making comedy and entertainment programmes. We make about 150 hours of radio and audio content a year, mainly for BBC Radio 4 but also BBC Sounds and increasingly commercial commissioners, including Spotify. We produce long-running and much loved titles such as The News Quiz, The Now Show, I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue and Just a Minute, alongside newer shows like Sarah Keyworth’s Are You a Girl or a Boy, The Damien Slash Mixtape and Daliso Chaponda's Citizen of Nowhere.

Podcast-wise we produce Rose and Rosie: Parental Guidance and Sorted with the Dyers for Spotify, Eddie Hearn: No Passion No Point for 5Live, Susan Calman's Mrs Brightside for Acast, Jacob Hawley: On Drugs and Inside No 9 (the companion podcast for the TV programme) for BBC Sounds and But..Where Are You Really From for Asian Network, with various others under commission or in development.

We make all types of formats that include sitcom, sketch, panel, chat, drama and stand-up. Some shows have complex recording and editing requirements with large casts, sound effects and music, others are simpler and just require high quality recording of a single voice with or without an audience.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for:

We are looking for talented technical operators who can demonstrate their level of competency and skill on audio and radio productions. We are interested in hearing from people at the start of their sound career with maybe 2 or 3 credits as well as highly experienced practitioners with many years of experience.

There will be a choice of set interview dates and these will happen remotely.

Please submit a covering letter summarizing your experience and what you think you can bring as a sound editor or recordist (max one page of A4), a CV, details of two referees and a link to examples of your work where you were responsible for recording, editing or sound designing the content.

Please limit any audio examples to a maximum of three minutes in duration for each clip. 

Role Responsibility:

The roles of freelance audio studio managers, audio editors and audio sound designers are integral to our output, as you will work with producers on the editing, recording and sound design of productions, helping us to deliver our shows to a high professional standard.

Duties will include the recording and/or editing of shows, and working with producers and production coordinators in a highly collaborative and creative way to capture audio both in studio, on location and remotely (ie you and the producers and cast will all be in different locations and you use a software such as Clean Feed).

The successful candidate must be able to coordinate and deliver quality audio working to deadlines and an audio spec, whilst being able to respond flexibly and constructively to feedback and changes.

Reports to

BBC Studios Audio programme Producers, but on a freelance basis

Broad skills and attributes required:

  • Friendly with good communication skills.
  • Experience of working with actors, comedians, presenter and experience of making speech-based content such as comedy, drama, docs, entertainment or chat would be desirable.
  • Good aural judgement and able to give examples of prioritising with a busy work load, we frequently work to deadlines.
  • Operational knowledge of a range of professional sound equipment and recent developments in programme-making methods.
  • Experience of working in teams with an ability to form effective working relationships quickly and inspire confidence.
  • To be familiar with audio file formats as used in the digital domain.

Freelance audio studio manager

  • Rig and operate audio equipment effectively and safely both in studios and on outside broadcasts and an understanding of assessing risks to staff and talent and taking measures to take care of that. This will include the use of a PA, mixing desks and a range of inputs.
  • Work with teams both remotely and in the studio, offering operational guidance and advice and equipment recommendations.
  • Be responsible for, and able to offer advice on the technical quality and balance of programme material.
  • Provide assistance with forward-planning of recordings with programme makers.
  • Using knowledge of developments within the sound industry to provide advice on production needs.
  •  Liaising with external venues about access for equipment and setup of recordings and recce-ing venues as needed.

Freelance sound editor/sound designer

  •  To edit programmes quickly and efficiently and to impeccable production values, organising audio and working to notes from the production team.
  • Familiarity with different sound editing programmes, especially Pro Tools to create audio to the highest technical specification.
  • Identifying ways to augment and to improve audio quality - making the best of any source material (such as removing hiss of air con or dealing with material recorded in an echoey room)
  • Aiding in the process of delivering shows; being proactive in your approach to organisation and level of detail.
  • You may need to edit laughs as part of editing comedy material which has had a live audience and it would be good to know your experience of this or show how you can be a quick learner. To edit comedy well requires an ear for the rhythms of humour and timing.
  • Ability to edit music for stings, sig tunes or scoring. Sensitive use of sound effects, some of which you may need to record. And for some sound design ability to score content with music.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Technical competence
  • Access to and ability to use Pro Tools for editing, with own kit
  • Good working knowledge of audio and podcast production techniques
  • Collaborative and open to feedback
  • Understanding of the production process and your role within it (being organised, risk assessments, facilitating production)
  • Passion and enthusiasm for radio and podcasts
  • Knowledge of music/FX and creating pictures with sound.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Freelance
Location: London (various locations)

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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