Frontline Broadcast Engineer
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 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, & Weather.
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.
Broadcast 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.
The Ideal Candidate
As a Broadcast 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 if the role requires it.
Grade: 6H (proposed band C)
- Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious individuals 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 25 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