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Data Analyst (Spectrum)

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

Job Introduction

Mobile broadband is changing the way people live their lives, and particularly how they communicate and use media.  However, mobile broadband coverage can be patchy in places or be too congested to be able to receive a usable signal.  To help the BBC to understand how mobile broadband coverage could be used to deliver our services in future we need to understand better the extent of mobile broadband coverage and whether it is robust enough for our services.

The BBC Spectrum Management team is made up of experts in the field of spectrum planning and management, and both plan and protect the radio frequencies used for DTT (Freeview), DAB, and analogue radio. Over the years we have been at the forefront in developing methods and processes for predicting and measuring our broadcast services and we have a wealth of data for current services on DTT, DAB & FM coverage.  However, we need to add to this with data for mobile broadband (4G-LTE and future 5G) networks. This will help the BBC make decisions on what our future distribution networks could be.

As a starting point the successful candidate will work with members of the Spectrum Management team to learn the fundamentals of spectrum planning so as to enable the development of a system that could be used to directly measure mobile broadband coverage and capacity across the UK. The system will be installed in one of the BBC’s survey vehicles and we would expect the successful candidate to undertake measuring campaigns in the field to test and prove the system. Once we have a suitable set of data it would need to be analysed and manipulate so it can be combined with our current data sets to enable easy comparison.  Therefore, the successful candidate would also have a responsibility for managing the data and data systems we use day-to-day ensuring that everything is kept up to date and maintained

We are also in the process of testing a drone based system for survey work and this may become a future tool that could be used to measure mobile broadband coverage and through put.

The role will suit someone who is technically minded or has an engineering background. The right person would need to have data analysis experience and software programming skills. A full driving licence is essential as they will be working in the field using one of the BBC’s survey vehicles.

Role Responsibility

  • Take a leading role in developing a system that can measure the coverage and suitability of mobile broadband for receiving BBC services across the UK
  • Participate in the necessary field surveys to collect mobile broadband coverage data
  • Collate and analyse the collected data, along with historic data to enable easy comparison.
  • Produce reports and ad hoc analysis of the data as required.
  • Manage and maintain the data and systems we use to undertake coverage predictions
  • Provide technical support to the wider Spectrum Team 
  • Undertake some simple spectrum planning as and when required


Please note this role internally at the BBC is called a Distribution Analyst as per attached job description.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Ability to combine and analyse different data sets
  • Able to construct practical conclusions/recommendations for the data being analysed
  • Combine different off the shelf components/applications to create a working measurement system.
  • Have a knowledge of how Radio and TV services are broadcast in the UK
  • Have good programming skills
  • Full UK driving licence
  • A willingness to work away from base

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent 
Location: London, W12

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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