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Technical Operator Pool (Inverness)

Job Introduction

We are looking to add to our freelance pool of technical operators in Inverness. The Technical Operators are core to supporting our production and newsgathering teams for BBC Naidheachdan.  We have now moved our TV news gallery from Glasgow to Inverness and expanded our output to include a weekend news service. We need to enhance the freelance pool to help support our existing team at peak periods.

Our flagship TV programme, An Là covers local, national and international news for BBC ALBA. As well as regular bulletins throughout the day on Radio nan Gaidheal, we produce a morning and evening drive-time show, Aithris na Maidne and Aithris an Fheasgair. 

Role Responsibility

Your remit may include, but not be limited to: straightforward lighting, technical operation, camera operations, radio, online and general newsgathering support. You will support your colleagues when required, particularly the more senior members of the technical operations team. 

Are you the right candidate?

We don't expect the successful candidates to necessarily have experience of working as a technical operator in a live broadcast environment. However you will have an aptitude for technical operations – be confident in operating and reacting to problems with kit, software and equipment.

This role involves a large degree of flexibility and resilience which will come as second nature to you. As you will be working closely with the news production team, you will be able to communicate clearly and assertively and respect demands of working in a fast-moving environment. Ideally you will be a fluent Gaelic speaker although we will consider candidates without the language skills.

Package Description

Title: Technical Operator
Department: BBC Naidheachdan - Gaelic News
Base: Inverness
Contract: Freelance
Recruitment contact: angela.mackinnon01@bbc.co.uk
Role contact: scott.crawford@bbc.co.uk

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 holiday 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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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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