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Systems Specialist

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Job Introduction

WHO’s It with

This is an amazing to join the technology team that supports BBC News -  the largest news organisation in the world!  This role supports BBC Monitoring the team that enables journalists and businesses to track broadcast, press and social media sources in multiple languages from over 150 countries worldwide.

Why you’ll want it

This a rare opportunity to be part of the dynamic technology team, based right where the action happens! You watch it on TV, now you can now be a part of making it. Imagine telling your friends and family that you are responsible for the systems that support BBC News, telling the worlds news stories on Radio, TV and Online!

This really is an opportunity to take your career to the next level surrounded by highly experience technical professionals who can coach and develop you in an environment that empowers and innovates.

This is an opportunity too good to miss

Role Responsibility

WHAT you’ll be doing

As the “Systems Specialist “ you will be involved in a variety of different tasks, no two days will be the same in the highly varied role!  Your days will be spent inputting into the design process of our News Systems ensuring they are supportable and adaptable for future changes. Then once these are live you will be responsible for third line support, being the Technical specialist responsible for systems architecture, system performance and the quality of supporting service and maintenance. You will also use you great stakeholder management skills to build effective relationships with the Open Media project team, production teams, engineering teams across the BBC and with third party suppliers involved. 

Are you the right candidate?

WHAT you’ll need:

  • Experience with managing large IT systems and working closely with project teams to deliver systems that meet production teams expectations.
  • You will already have extensive broadcast computer engineering experience in a live TV, Radio or multi-media environment or similar demanding, deadline driven sector.
  • Experience with Linux (CentOS, Ubuntu), VM-Ware, Apache and Elastic Search, as well as a strong appreciation for Web Technologies and Networking
  • Experience of Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V would be desirable.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills and be able to communicate technical matters and detail to non-technical people in a clear and concise way. Experience of managing stakeholders to compromise in a conflicting and demanding environment is also essential.

This role is based in London but may require working on other BBC sites.

Package Description

Permanent contract 

Grade: 7/8D (Proposed Band C)

Location: London


Other Perks:

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious individuals to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • A vibrant digital community – we have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.
  • A variety of technical challenges – we work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 25 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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC


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