Systems Engineer Industry Placement

Job Introduction

Why join us?

The BBC gives you...

  • Opportunities to deliver ground-breaking, game-changing work
  • Fresh perspectives from brilliant people who will challenge you and help you thrive
  • Tools to work efficiently and inspire your best work
  • Training from world-leading experts

And in return you give the BBC...

  • Boldness, unleashing your creativity and embracing change
  • Generosity, sharing your knowledge and helping others succeed
  • Respect for other ideas and perspectives

Role Responsibility

What to expect on your placement

This is an exciting opportunity to spend a year out from University gaining industry experience in systems engineering with the engineering teams in Belfast.

The Technology Operations NI team supports the entire spectrum of television, radio and online productions across multiple genres. BBC NI’s aim is to provide something of value for everyone. We aim to inform and stimulate debate, to celebrate cultural life and diversity, to describe and explain stories, issues and events involving local people, and to provide memorable viewing and listening experiences for audiences in Northern Ireland and throughout the rest of the UK. You will become an integral part of how we achieve our aims.

You will work closely with our Principle and Senior Systems Engineers to support a multi-platform broadcasting environment with a diverse range of applications and technologies. You’ll also gain skills working alongside the Front-Line Support teams.

The Ideal Candidate

What we look for

You’ll love solving problems and seeing how things work. You’ll like having a go at fixing things, or designing and building things yourself. You’ll be studying for a degree in a related field, for example,  Computer Science, Electronic and Software Engineering. You have a strong desire to get industry specific experience in your year out. Throughout the application process we'll be asking for evidence that shows your passion for technology.

We’re looking for a knowledge and interest in IT network technologies, Windows Operating Systems, Linux and Apple Macintosh OSX, data storage systems, data wrangling, active directory management and anti-virus and GDPR.

We’d also love to hear about your experience or interest in the transmission of broadcast video and audio over IP, network timing (PTP), video and audio codecs and workflows and related standards.

We will be assessing you on the following:

  • Problem solving
  • Practical application
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Time Management
  • Proactivity
  • Resilience

The successful candidate must, by the start of the placement, have permission to work in the UK. Please note, this vacancy does not meet the minimum salary requirements for a Tier 2 work visa for international applicants.

You also need to be over 18 at time of starting in September 2021.

If you have a disability and would like your application to go through the Extend Hub you will be able to select this option when you apply.


Application process

  • You will complete an online application which will include a variety of questions around your interest in Broadcast Engineering and what you can bring to the placement.
  • If we like what we see, you will be invited to record answers to short video questions.
  • If you are then invited to the next stage, you will be asked to attend two remote interviews.

Due to the volume of applications it is a long process, and it could be up to three months until you hear from us about the outcome of your application.

Package Description

Key Information

Start Date: September 2021

Scheme Duration: 1 year fixed term contract

Locations: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Typical roles following the scheme: This is a year of industry experience for under graduates on relevant degree course

What are we offering?

  • A salary of £14,400 for the year you’re on the scheme
  • Gold-standard industry training delivered by specialists and senior BBC technical staff.
  • A mentor to support and guide you during your training.

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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