Senior Audio Supervisor- Radio

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Job Introduction

BBC Scotland’s Radio Operations is part of the wider Operations and Engineering department providing support and facilities to a diverse range of programme makers. 

The Senior Audio Supervisors within Radio Operations provide specialist audio and technical craft expertise working on location and in a range of studios to deliver complex radio and multiplatform productions.

This role is based at the BBC base in Edinburgh and your primary focus will be working to the production teams located there. In addition to this, you will support our Audio team working across BBC Scotland on a wide range of productions for national and network radio outlets. Senior Audio Supervisors work across recurring output as well as assuming responsibility for leading the technical team in studio and on location to deliver the logistics and technical production aspects of the jobs in their care.  You will work across all programme genres including Features, Speech and Topical, Music, Religion, News, Sport, Radio Drama, Events and Entertainment.

Working in a flexible manner with production and scheduling, you will have the interpersonal skills to work closely with production teams. 

You will lead, and work with, colleagues in various radio studios and facilities on location, with a range of OB equipment including specialist sound vehicles and technologies. You will be part of a craft community committed to delivering outstanding craft skills, support and content to programme makers.

Role Responsibility

  • Explore all established audio techniques and develop and introduce new techniques where appropriate.
  • Assume responsibility for the entire audio operation of a production, providing balance and control for the most demanding productions.
  • Plan and organise the technical and staffing requirements for the more complex and demanding productions, including attending planning meetings, carrying out site surveys, specifying the technical requirements, booking the appropriate vehicles/equipment and negotiating with officials and members of the public.
  • Ensure that the work of the audio team, and their equipment and installations are safe, and present no hazard to the public: and that all relevant health and safety regulations are applied.
  • Demonstrate craft skills with the ability to lead teams on demanding productions.
  • Provide advice on technical matters, programme resources and available techniques for colleagues, production staff, actors and musicians.
  • Interpret varied artistic and technical requirements, operating a wide range of equipment to meet changing technical needs.
  • Where appropriate, brief colleagues and production staff on developing technical procedures and when necessary assist in the training of colleagues in new methods. Advise departmental managers on technical issues.
  • Assist in the development of new and efficient ways of working.
  • Supervise, train and act as mentor for other audio staff when required. This may include leading specific training sessions and contributing to formal reports.
  • Represent the BBC/department in operational forums, as well as at production and editorial meetings when appropriate.
  • Guide teams and deploy staff and other resources in the most effective manner, liaising with managers and others as appropriate.
  • Act as deputy for the Operations Manager when necessary.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be experienced in operating sophisticated broadcast audio equipment including mixing desks, recording equipment and comms kit. You will have a proven track record of mixing audio including music and speech. We are looking for a team player with the ability to lead. You will have experience of leading or supervising studio and outside broadcast set ups, and will have contributed to technical projects. You will be an excellent communicator, working with all levels of stakeholders, and will be required to interpret and manage their requests. The ideal candidate will have a driving licence.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Edinburgh

We value the benefit diversity and inclusion brings and we welcome information on any reasonable adjustment we can make to ensure you can fully participate. For example, this may be extra time for a meeting or interview, information in different format or a venue which has wheelchair access. Please contact the resourcing team on and one of our recruiters will be in touch to discuss how we can help.

  • 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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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.

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.

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

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