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Broadcast Systems Engineer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Engineering Operations is part of the Design & Engineering Division of the BBC and delivers Broadcast Technology, Studio and Broadcast Infrastructure and IT support for BBC News, Radio & Music, World Service and BBC London.

The objective of the team is to deliver a high quality converged Master Control Room (MCR) operation and support service to the BBC, ensuring that all equipment and systems meet agreed targets for availability, performance and safety. Accountable to a Senior Engineer, the prime responsibility of the Broadcast Engineers is to ensure the successful transfer of live and recorded broadcast material. Through an understanding of programme maker’s requirements, you will ensure the quality of feeds meet BBC standards and adapt and process broadcast feeds to meet their needs. As well as operational duties fulfilling connectivity bookings, the MCR team also undertake support and maintenance of a wide range of technologies including satellite teleports, a dark fibre network, SDH and IP data networks as well as video and audio over IP systems in addition to traditional video and audio systems.

You will be required to work to the highest level of technical complexity under programme and/or operational pressures.

In support of live 24-hour broadcasting,  you will be working in a shift pattern which will involve working at nights and at weekends.

Role Responsibility

  • Form part of a team normally responsible to a Senior Engineer, but will, if necessary, work independently.
  • Ensure that BBC technical delivery standards are met for live content through coordination with source providers to correct or via appropriate system tools.
  • Work closely with production staff and other resource departments to ensure that operational and other production needs are effectively and efficiently met. 
  • Devise ways of achieving the needs of productions by means of technical innovation and development. 
  • Identify and implement alternative ways of meeting programme and other requirements to cover equipment failures with minimum loss of service. 
  • Advise operational and production staff on the technical capabilities of Broadcast Engineering systems and equipment to assist them to achieve particular results.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Experience of working in an MCR environment. 
  • Experience of working in a team of engineering and / or IT support staff, providing a diverse service to a large user base. 
  • Qualified broadcast engineer with relevant knowledge and experience of vision, sound, communications and computer systems as they relate to the Broadcast Communications environment. 
  • Ability to make critical assessment of television pictures, waveforms and sound, including Standard definition video, high definition video and Dolby audio. 
  • Normal colour vision and hearing. 
  • The ability to communicate to both technical and non-technical audiences both within the business and with 3rd parties. 
  • Education to a degree level in a relevant subject or equivalent industry training in a relevant subject.
  • Full driving licence

Package Description

  • Excellent career progression: The BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious staff to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities: Our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • A vibrant digital community: We have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.
  • A variety of technical challenges: We work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.
  • Benefits: We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.  This re-alignment will not affect the terms and conditions of the appointment.

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