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Sound & Communications Lead (Operations Executive), BBC Sport

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

Job Introduction

BBC Sport has unrivalled multi-platform coverage of the world's major sporting events including the Football World Cup, summer and winter Olympics, 6 Nations rugby, Wimbledon and international cricket, and also provides world class sports news content throughout the year to serve our audiences.

Role Responsibility

The primary purpose of the role is to be accountable for the management and operation to the highest standards of our Salford based sound and communications systems, and for the onsite technical operations for our portfolio of major events. This involves a thorough understanding of Sport’s complex production workflows and translating these to both the design and operation of in base and temporary broadcast systems, while balancing functionality and resilience against value for money. It will require working with external companies to deliver facilities and staffing to support all platforms, TV, online, digital and radio.  

The successful candidate will principally be MediaCityUK (Salford) based, but will be required to work abroad for infrequent durations around the major events they are working on. It is envisaged they will maintain operational knowledge through regular transmission gallery work, when time permits.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will be a highly experienced broadcast professional, with exceptional all round technical knowledge including a strong understanding of the production workflows required for successful multiplatform broadcast delivery. They should demonstrate outstanding levels of communication and build purposeful relationships with production and craft / project management teams. They should have extensive experience from an operational perspective of the requirements and solutions for delivering sound and communications in sport broadcasting.

They should be able to show experience of leading technical teams and to operate at the highest standards in the pressured environment of live broadcast delivery. They will proactively offer ideas and solutions in the development from a creative vision and editorial brief, to the solutions and workflows that deliver the on air results, considering risks and potential constraints.

The ideal candidate will recognise when to consult, seek consensus or make a decision alone.  They will make rational decisions based on logical evaluation of the relevant factors and will use a range of influencing techniques to achieve positive outcomes and gain the commitment of key players to proposed courses of action.  Maintaining productive relationships with suppliers and third parties, they will negotiate the best outcomes, adhering to BBC policies and guidelines. 

Please note - the job description attached is for the generic 'Operations Executive' role, please see the appendix of the document for role specifics. 

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Continuing
Location: Mediacity

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.

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 BBC

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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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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