Lead R&D Engineer - Video Compression

Job Introduction

BBC R&D has a worldwide reputation for contributing to, and leading, the engineering, research and development of many of the key broadcast and media technologies. The research work is mainly on new technologies which are expected to be rolled out over a 1 to 5 years timescale and require both in depth theoretical knowledge and a practical approach to potential deployment. BBC R&D is based in two main labs, one in London and one in MediaCityUK, Salford.


Mission Culture & Purpose

BBC Research & Development’s mission is to explore and develop innovative technologies that transform the BBC and the wider media industry, supporting and shaping the BBC’s mission and ambitions.


Our purpose is to consider the wider technology environment, imagine and explore solutions based on people's needs and values, and create opportunities for the BBC and media industry to use technology to thrive.


We strive for an inclusive, open, collaborative, and engaged culture. We aim to build on our common values to provide a safe, shared and supportive space for exploration, problem solving, and world-class innovation. We champion everyone's creativity and technical excellence.


In May 2022 the BBC announced plans to accelerate the BBC’s journey to become Digital First by reshaping our content and services. In our mission to deliver value for all, BBC Research & Development’s role to continually explore and predict how media technology will evolve and how this will impact audiences is paramount to the BBC’s future success.


BBC Research & Development (R&D) is at the heart of the BBC’s digital transformation. It delivers innovation at scale and pace to provide a sustainable foundation for the future BBC as well as adding tangible value to the wider UK media industry. The R&D department is nearly as old as the BBC and has been integral to the development of technologies including digital television and radio, Freeview, BBC iPlayer, and High Definition. In more recent years it has been key to the evolution and industry direction of technologies like High Dynamic Range, Next Generation Audio and Voice, as well as digital education through the development of the BBC micro:bit and the award-winning Civilisations Augmented Reality app.


We have five applied research areas focussed on Audiences, Automation, Distribution, Infrastructure and Production who are looking to solve some of the most interesting challenges in Media and Broadcasting; as well as our Commercial, Partnerships & Engagement team who ensure we’re collaborating with the right external partners and optimising commercial returns through the exploitation of our Intellectual Property and grant funding. Our work supports the BBC’s current ambition as well as informing future strategy. If you’re excited by the prospect of working in an innovative environment with smart and supportive colleagues then BBC R&D is the place for you.

Role Responsibility

You will lead a small team of engineers devoted to delivering techniques to allow more efficient video compression.  The team has a track record of contributing to standards such as HEVC and VVC and you will lead their research and standardisation work, along with managing their patent portfolio. 


The role sits within R&D’s “Advanced Video Processing and Delivery” team, which is part of the “Distribution Applied Research Area”; helping to ensure that our compression research benefits BBC services in the future.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate for this role will be:-

  • a researcher with a background of original work in hardware or software-based video compression
  • have a demonstrable record of publication and contribution to international standards
  • have strong influencing skills, preferably gained in steering international standards development
  • have experience of leading the research work of a small team (circa 1-4) R&D engineers
  • have experience of managing a patent portfolio, ideally gained through being a named inventor on patents related to video compression

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) 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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About the BBC

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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