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Lead Architect - Media

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Job Introduction

The BBC aims to stimulate and delight audiences across the UK with distinctive, creative content. To support this aim, BBC Design & Engineering is entering a period of significant and exciting change, merging multi-disciplinary technology teams from public service and Worldwide in order to define a BBC fit for the next generation.

The vision is simple: TS&A will lead and drive the transformation work to re-engineer the BBC, making it into a more agile, more creative and more confident organisation for the Digital age. This complex transformation will enable us to deliver our mission to Inform, Educate and Entertain our audiences in new and distinctive ways.

The Lead Architect will work as part of a team reporting to a Head of Architecture. You will realise the implementation of the BBC’s Technology Strategy and Architecture, transforming the  BBC’s capabilities and enabling the next generation of Broadcast and Digital services.

You will ensure that the vision, roadmap and strategy for your specialist area is delivered using standardised, reusable and innovative architectures which direct investment, bringing value and innovation to BBC divisions and the BBC’s external partner network.

You will realise the strategic architecture, platforms and product strategy ensuring consistency and standardisation of architecture and related best practices within your area of specialism.

Role Responsibility

Development and maintenance of the vision and architecture for end to end IP based media (binary object audio, audio-visual and image) management & delivery initially within the BBC Platform technology estate, but later extending towards "glass to glass” (camera to screen) scope.  The postholder will also work with broadcast and production  architects to deliver the right strategy for integration and transformation of the technical interfaces with our existing and future linear broadcast and production estates. An important and emerging aspect of the role will be to define technology roadmaps that ensure that the BBC maintains it’s position as a trusted and verifiable media producer and publisher.

  • Develops the vision and owns the architecture for IP based media management and delivery across the BBC.
  • Develops the transformation strategy for the existing online technology estate and integration with the existing and future linear broadcast and production estates.
  • Develops the technology roadmap for ensuring trust and verification of BBC media output
  • Owns the definition and architecture for Digital Ecosystem media foundations and functions.
  • Works deeply with Platform Media Services team, TS&A broadcast and TS&A production teams to help shape transformational roadmaps.
  • Works closely with R&D teams to establish down-streaming routes for new and emergent technology solutions in the media space.
  • Supports technology strategy and architecture discussions with D&E Workflow and D&E Audience Services teams.
  • Acts as the convener for the architecture community of products and capabilities contributing to media management and delivery
  • Works with individual product and capability architects to incorporate their ideas within the architecture and shape their local products and capabilities to support the architecture.
  • Actively seeks to extend functional capability in the media architecture and optimise non-functional characteristics of the media architecture.
  • Actively seeks to extend the scope of media architecture into upstream broadcast/production systems and downstream product and distribution systems.

Are you the right candidate?

  • (Essential) Experience of architectures to support the receipt, storage, delivery, encoding, packaging and distribution of large media assets.
  • (Highly Desirable) Experience of watermarking, signing, hashing, blockchain and other security/trust technologies and their application in the media and rights management domain
  • (Highly Desirable) Experience of linear broadcast and production technologies at a level appropriate to support integration and transformation alignment.
  • (Desirable) Experience of appropriate external supplier solutions and cloud based offerings for digital media management and delivery
  • (Highly Desirable) Strong focus on non-functional design and optimising for cost vs performance, latency, quality, scale and reach
  • (Desirable) Clear understanding of digital media file formats, delivery formats, encodings and quality characteristics from production to delivery.
  • (Desirable) Understanding or future external standards (e.g. AMWA) and emergent technologies (e.g. Object Based Media, Time Addressable Media)

Package Description

Contract type:Perm

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.

About the BBC

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.

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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