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Engineer/Principal Engineer, MCR

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

Job Introduction

Engineering Operations is part of Design & Engineering within the BBC. As the broadcast technology partner for BBC programme teams, Engineering Operations is responsible for keeping multi-media output available 24/365 for News, World Service and Audio & Music. Engineering Operations also provides operational switching and monitoring of incoming and outgoing live and pre recorded material across a range of BBC output, business continuity, duty operational management and a range of operational support services.

The Master Control Room (MCR) group within Engineering Operations operates and provides engineering support for studio & broadcast infrastructure and digital production systems across BBC sites. The group operates and supports two control rooms, providing a comprehensive monitoring and switching service to the output divisions as well as technical assistance and advice. The Operations Manager’s direct reports consist of a number of Team Leaders (depending on the size of the operation), an engineering team and technical operators.

Role Responsibility

MCR staff are responsible for delivering a high quality technology support and operational service on behalf of the BBC. They ensure that equipment and systems used to create, capture, manipulate and distribute BBC content meet targets for availability, performance and safety. Engineers and Principal Engineers support and enable multi-media production and broadcast activities to ensure the BBC provides a quality service to its audience. It is essential that role holders understand the needs of the business and the pressures faced by production teams.

Engineers are characterised by their ability to develop appropriate solutions to incidents, problems and management of safety, using new or existing technologies, through innovation, creativity and change. They take responsibility for maintaining and managing applications of current and developing technology, and may undertake engineering design and development of systems and services. They perform operational roles as required in the MCR control rooms.

Engineers normally work shifts, including some weekend and night working, and have to be prepared to be flexible at times to meet the needs of the operation. Role holders will normally be based in one of the main production centres, although cross-site rotations and travel between sites may be required.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Experience in a technical discipline relevant to the role, e.g. Information Technology,  Systems Engineering, Audio, Video or Broadcast Engineering, etc.
  • Demonstrated the relevant fundamental and proficient levels of competence set out in the Skills Grids for the team, or other measures of technical skill, e.g external examinations.
  • Deals with technical issues of unknown resolution, developing appropriate solutions to incidents and problems using new or existing technologies.
  • Writes operational guides, maintenance guides and procedures.
  • Monitors and prioritises incoming work, resolving conflicting priorities and assigning work appropriately to self and colleagues.

Please refer to the Engineering Ops competencies document attached.

Package Description

12 month FTC/attachment

Grade 6/7 H

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.  

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