Broadcast Engineer

Job Introduction

Engineering Operations is part of BBC Design & Engineering. The department actively helps BBC programme makers create and deliver great content across radio, TV and online.

Engineering Operations provides 24/7 support for hundreds of TV, Radio & music recording studios, edit suites, digital production & playout systems, and a wide range of underpinning technologies and infrastructure.

Our highly skilled Broadcast Engineers provide a critical engineering support service to maintain production and broadcasting of many BBC channels and platforms which include domestic TV, Radio, News, Parliament, Weather, World Service TV & Radio.

This support spans various sites in London, from the BBC headquarters at Broadcasting House to Millbank’s Westminster office, Maida Vale music recording studios, the production facilities aboard a fleet of Outside Broadcast vehicles and to numerous international offices.

Role Responsibility

This is an engineering role.  Candidates will be required to demonstrate strong and wide-ranging technical knowledge along with the communication skills necessary to discuss technical issues with people at all levels.

It is essential that role holders understand the needs of the business and the pressures faced by production teams.

Operations Engineers are on the frontline, responsible for delivering high quality, rapid response support to ensure that equipment and systems used to create, capture, manipulate and distribute BBC content meet targets for availability, performance and safety. The role demands excellent analytical and fault finding skills and the ability to repair faulty equipment.

Are you the right candidate?

As an Operations Engineer, you will have:

  • Engineering experience of working on broadcast systems in a live TV, Radio or multi-media environment.
  • Considerable experience of diagnosing and fixing technically complex problems across a variety of broadcast systems.
  • Demonstrable theoretical and practical knowledge of audio and video broadcast systems including both analogue and digital platforms.
  • Experience with Graphics (eg VizRT) and editing software solutions.
  • Experience of studio automation and robotic systems.
  • Experience of repairing electronic and mechanical faults on technical equipment.
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate clearly using a range of styles, tools and techniques to explain technical issues to a wide range of people.
  • Experience of providing a high quality service in a demanding environment.
  • Logical application of engineering knowledge in unfamiliar troubleshooting situations.
  • Excellent ability to identify requirements and to recognise whether these can be met effectively from the resources, timescales skills and funds available.
  • Knowledge of broadcast networks and experience of remote access via VPN, mstsc, iLo and VMWare.
  • Experience in managing conflicting demands in high pressure situations where priorities are rapidly changing.
  • Awareness of all aspects of Health and Safety, particularly electrical safety within broadcast environments.
  • Willingness to travel abroad or if the role requires it.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 12 month Fixed Term contract/Attachment and 1x Permanent
Location: London

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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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.

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