Broadcast Systems Engineer (London)

Job Summary

Reference Tech0061
Location Channel 4, 124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX
Salary Competitive 
Hours 37 per week
Closing Date 04 December 2019 at Midnight

Job Title: Broadcast Systems Engineer 
Reports To: Broadcast Engineering Manager
Department: Broadcast Technology Management

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION
The Department is responsible for the functions of IT strategy and support, Research and Development, Broadcast Technology Management and Operations.

JOB PURPOSE
This role is responsible for supporting the execution of the Broadcast Technology component of the BTM Programme as directed by the Chief Engineer and Broadcast Engineering
Manager. This includes delivering the Broadcast Technology Roadmap and support for operational teams.

This role will be required to work with our outsource partners, Architecture and IS Systems Delivery so as to successfully deliver the agreed programme across the working year.

This role is responsible for supporting solution definition and design, and technology selection, and well as ensuring our suppliers deliver new services on time and within
budget. This role also covers the support for Video Browse, development and support of our Disaster Recovery Services. Whilst they are not responsible for project management
or budget allocation, they will be expected to advise on costs and timescales and manage change with our outsource provider.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
• Support the Broadcast Engineering Manager in evaluating new technologies, and the soliciting input and requirements from the relevant business stakeholders.
• Support the Broadcast Engineering Manager in planning and resourcing Broadcast projects.
• Engineering change with Channel 4 systems to support Video Browse replacement and BAU support of the legacy system
• Execution of BTM Broadcast projects to time and budget.
• Support and development of the Disaster Recovery services day to day.
• Support the execution of BTM Non-Broadcast projects where appropriate and required.
• Support the execution of R&D work-streams where appropriate and required.
• Support the Broadcast Engineering Manager in preparation of documentation and, where appropriate, presentations to support the change management process and to
demonstrate the progress and outcome of projects.
• Represent the BTM function in relevant external meetings with suppliers, clients and other broadcasters if and when directed by the Broadcast Engineering Manager.
• Provision of technical knowledge/support to the wider Technology Function.

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

Technical & Professional Skills (Knowledge, Understanding, Experience, Education)
• Must have an extensive amount of hands-on experience of development and systems design in Broadcast and Media technology and workflows, and an ability to critically
assess sound and vision quality.
• Extensive experience of Non-Broadcast workflows and technologies.
• Experience of linear broadcast distribution platform technologies.
• Must have the ability to consider multiple, individually complex engineering problems in a holistic manner when deciding a course of action (should be educated to at
least an HND or degree level in order to deal with them accordingly).
• Must have experience of and demonstrate some capabilities in supplier relationship management.
• Essential that job holder remains up to date with current technology trends, and actively seeks out novel and cutting edge developments in order to incorporate them
into the delivery programme.
• Required to maintain a working knowledge of key business tasks performed by the relevant C4 users and how they could be enhanced through the application of technological
innovation in the Broadcast Technology space.

Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making
• Ability to identify tasks that require attention, prioritise them and develop execution plans, consulting peers and seniors as appropriate.
• Ability to identify and asses multiple engineering solutions and to select the most appropriate solution based on the business’ needs (quality, speed, cost etc.)
• Ability to execute implementation plans developed by yourself or others
• Ability to document all steps taken and outcomes & learnings

Managing Resources (People, Budgets, Systems, Projects)
• Must have a high level of self-motivation and organisation, and demonstrate the ability to work to critical deadlines under pressure.
• No Direct Line Management responsibility but should demonstrate the ability to instruct suppliers and influence key internal delivery resources.
• No direct budgetary responsibility but should exercise control over the costing of work and remain focussed on fiscal prudence and value for money.
• The role includes liaising with key stakeholders in internal departments, and close collaboration with the other areas of Broadcast Technology Management.
• Must support the BTM Management Team in providing clear and timely information to the relevant IS Delivery functions in order to notify them of our expected resource
and material requirements for each work-stream.

Relationship Management (internal, External, 3rd parties)
• Must work regularly with the Broadcast Engineering team and wider Technology Departments and should also develop and maintain some key relationships both inside the
business and with 3rd parties.
• Will be required to explain technically complex issues to non-technical staff. E.g When soliciting input into the Broadcast Technology programme of work, and when
presenting the outcomes from each work stream back to the relevant stakeholders.
• Some relevant networking required within and beyond to ensure the job holder is aware of what is going on in the wider media industry to perform the role with an
appropriate degree of personal credibility.
• Must present themselves in a professional manner at all times when dealing with both internal and 3rd party stakeholders.

Complexity/Problem Solving
• Will work on complex and cutting edge projects requiring deep analytical thinking and an ability to process and manage multiple technical and business inputs at the
same time in order to devise novel solutions to a high degree of detail.
• Problems encountered are increasingly unfamiliar given the increasing level of integration between core systems such as Broadcast play out and Online distribution,
data analytics, internal and web-facing systems.
• Must be able to synthesise solutions based upon information from a wide variety of sources, and prioritise the importance of requirements from our stakeholders and
the wider industry.

Business Impact/Strategic Perspective
• Has the potential for significant impact on the operational and strategic objectives of channel.
• Has an emphasis on medium term objectives with a view to enabling long term benefits - critical success factor is to address issues in a manner which can be realistically
applied to support strategic objectives.
• Provides advice and material outcomes which assist in the formulation of business strategy to management concerning the potential future capabilities of our systems and
their ability to support new business models and products.
• Represents us on industry bodies if and when instructed and maintains our reputation for professionalism and technical excellence.

Full Role Description


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