Senior Editor, Broadcast Filming and Post Produciton (BFPP) (12 Month fixed term contract)

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London (Central), London (Greater)
13 Sep 2017
29 Sep 2017
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Job Title:
Senior Editor, Broadcast Filming and Post Produciton (BFPP) (12 Month fixed term contract)

Responsible To:
Manager, Broadcast Filming and Post Production (BFPP)

The National Theatre
The National Theatre is dedicated to making the very best theatre and sharing it with as many people as possible.

We stage up to 30 productions at our South Bank home each year, ranging from re-imagined classics – such as Greek tragedy and Shakespeare – to modern masterpieces and new work by contemporary writers and theatre-makers. The work we make strives to be as open, as diverse, as collaborative and as national as possible. We want to inspire artists and audiences to think in new ways, to constantly re-imagine the act of making theatre. Much of that new work is researched and developed at the NT Studio: we are committed to nurturing innovative work from new writers, directors, creative artists and performers.

The National’s work is also seen on tour throughout the UK and internationally, and in collaborations and co-productions with regional theatres. Popular shows transfer to the West End and occasionally to Broadway; and through the National Theatre Live programme we broadcast to 2,000 cinemas in 52 countries around the world. Our extensive Learning programme offers talks, events and workshops for people of all ages in the new Clore Learning Centre, and reaches nationwide through programmes such as Connections, our annual festival of new plays for schools and youth theatres. National Theatre: On Demand In Schools offers six acclaimed, curriculum-linked productions free to stream on demand in every secondary school in the country. Online, you’ll find a rich variety of innovative digital content on every aspect of theatre.

We do all we can to keep ticket prices affordable and to reach a wide audience, and use our public funding to maintain artistic risk-taking, accessibility and diversity. Whether you’ve been to the National many times or are making your first visit, we hope you will be entertained, challenged or inspired.

Broadcast Department
National Theatre Live launched in June 2009, broadcasting the National’s productions to cinemas around the world.  Seen by over 7 million people, National Theatre Live is produced and managed by the Broadcast Department. Creating content for a range of digital and broadcast platforms the National Theatre's content is output to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes (iTunes U, Podcasts) and Google Cultural Institute, as well as an On Demand: In Schools streaming service. In addition to these, other projects include full length broadcast documentaries (such as Making War Horse, Alan Bennett and the Habit of Art and My Curious Documentary), recordings of productions for DVD (The Cat in the Hat), archive capture of all NT productions.

As aims of the Broadcast team continue to grow, we are looking for a talented, driven and creatively minded Senior Editor to join our team full-time. The role will sit within the Broadcast Filming and Post-Production (BFPP) team, whose primary purpose is to support the production of video content informed by the productions of the National Theatre.

Purpose of the Job
The Senior Editor will report directly to the BFPP Manager. They will edit across a variety of projects as well as overseeing and leading on the NT Live post-production in collaboration with the BFPP Manager.

They will work closely and on a daily basis with the rest of the Broadcast Department including the NT Live production team and Content Producers. In addition they will edit a variety of work for the whole the organisation including Digital Development, Publications, the Graphic Design Studio, Learning, Marketing and Development.

They will help with the organisation of the BFPP team and assist the BFPP Manager and content producers with distribution of work, overseeing freelancer administration and management of post-production workflows (rushes, exporting etc.) within the BFPP team to ensure high standards are maintained.

This role will also work closely with the BFPP Manager to support the global delivery of NT Live, including the production of assets for Digital Cinema Package (DCP) delivery.  Whilst this is primarily an editing and post-production role, the post-holder will be also required to attend shoots, operating camera, lighting and sound at times.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create exciting and entertaining original content (short films, trailers and branded content) relating to the National Theatre for a variety of online platforms and publishers, as well as other forms of distribution, including cinema and television.
  • Work with archive footage and repurpose existing interviews and performance recordings to produce new and relevant content.
  • Have an awareness of rights issues and ensure all assets provided for use have appropriate rights clearances, seeking clarification or guidance where necessary.
  • Ensure effective delivery of media to the relevant party in the correct format and to the given brief and budget.
  • Work across NT Live broadcasts supporting the team by editing and delivering assets for transmission, trouble-shooting with Producers and handling the offload of captured assets for global distribution, in a variety of formats.
  • Assist in the creation and management of broadcast material ready for the production of Digital Cinema Packages (DCP).
  • To output files to the correct technical specification dependent on platform and territory, ensuring correct frame rate, codec and audio configuration (including 5.1 surround sound), demonstrating an understanding of the need and impact of these deliverables.
  • Enforce and help develop the BFPP department's video production style guides, project management policy and overall strategy of effective team organisation.
  • Professionally operate a camera, lighting and sound equipment to capture material for films to support the work of the NT. This will be supported by the BFPP Manager.
  • To work collaboratively with the Manager, Editor and Assistant to ensure the smooth-running of the edit suite space and its workstations.
  • Work closely with the Edit Suite Assistant to ensure systems and processes in the edit suite are well-maintained, as well as actively looking for ways to improve workflows.
  • To undertake any other duties which may reasonably be required.
  • To support the National’s communications objectives by sharing information with your manager, team and colleagues as appropriate, whilst respecting confidentiality, so that you and your colleagues have all the information you need to perform your duties effectively.
  • To comply with the National’s Equal Opportunities and Health & Safety policies at all times.

Person Specification
The person we appoint will need to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge and experience of editing across audiovisual content in an arts or editorial context, with a track record of successfully delivering creative media to brief, on time and on budget.
  • A demonstrable track record of pitching, developing and executing successful film content for clients, stakeholders or organisations.
  • Good professional editing experience.
  • A thorough and professional knowledge of Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
  • A confident knowledge of Adobe After Effects, Media Encoder, Prelude and Audition.
  • A keen eye for design and layout standards with an understanding of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Lightroom.
  • Experience of outputting content for cinema and/or TV broadcast with some
  • knowledge of export settings for 5.1 cinema surround sound.
  • A sound understanding of post-production environments including experience of sound work and audio post-production.
  • A strong working knowledge of video codec, compression and colour space specifications and the ability to process and handle these assets accordingly.
  • A keen interest in active developments in video content production across film, TV and the web.
  • Experience of working with digital asset management systems and the scheduling and organisation required.
  • Excellent planning and project management skills with the ability to balance multiple demands and prioritise tasks, showing an understanding of how the content delivery supports wider National Theatre projects and initiatives.
  • The ability to adapt and be responsive in a changeable working environment  including dealing with complex situations at short notice.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills and the ability to work with a diverse range of partners, quickly building rapport and strong collaborative relationships at all levels, both face to face, over the telephone and by email.
  • Experience of working with freelance crews.
  • A creative mind for generating ideas and developing projects.
  • The ability to work on your own initiative, showing a pro-active approach to work and a high level of motivation.


  • Experience of self-op filming including lighting and sound set-up.
  • Experience of multi-camera shoots.
  • Understanding and experience of the needs and working methods of artists, theatre personnel and creative talent.
  • A keen interest in the arts and/or experience in theatre.

Outline of Terms and Conditions

Contract Type:
12 Month Fixed Term Contract

35 hours per week, although additional hours may be necessary in order to fulfil the post’s requirements. This role will require working evenings and weekends.

£27,000 per annum paid monthly on the 15th of each month

National Theatre, Southbank, London, SE1 9PX

Annual Leave:
28 days in the first year, pro rata, including bank holidays, increasing with length of service thereafter

Probationary Period:
3 months

Notice Period:
3 months (1 month during probationary period)

The National Theatre operates a Stakeholder Pension scheme with Legal & General. If you wish to become a member, you may opt to contribute 4.5%, 6% or 7.5% of basic pay and the National will make a matching contribution. The National also operates an alternative pension scheme with NEST

Other Benefits

  • Complimentary tickets for performances, subject to availability and the National’s staff ticket policy
  • Complimentary tickets for platforms, subject to availability and policy
  • Interest-free season ticket loan, cycle-scheme and childcare vouchers
  • Staff canteen and bar
  • Discount on meals in all of the National’s bars and restaurants
  • Discount on the books, play texts, DVDs and other items in the National’s bookshop

Appointment Procedure
Please note that applications can only be considered if they are submitted through the National’s Online Recruitment System, and returned by the closing date.
To apply for this vacancy please follow the link:

The closing date for the receipt of completed application forms is: 12 noon Friday 29th September 2017

The anticipated date of first interviews is: Week Commencing 16th October 2017
For any queries, please contact the HR Department by emailing:

We encourage applications from all sections of the community and in particular those which are currently under-represented at the NT including BAME & disabled candidates.

HR Department 2017