Media Systems Engineer

The Collectv
West London/ worldwide travel
19 Jul 2018
16 Aug 2018
Job Type

Job Context
The Collectv was established in 2014, to provide systems integration, training, media management and support for broadcast, outside broadcast and post production systems. We’re an Emmy award winning company for technical services (twice). Our current experience spans a large variety of programmes such as the likes of Sky Sports’ F1 and Darts events, Dancing on Ice for ITV, ongoing support for Whisper Films and onsite support for the British Open Golf coverage for CTV & NBC. We are looking for someone to grow with us along with our company’s continued expansion. As one of only a few fully independent technical TV service providers, our people are our most important asset. Our friendly, technically reliable and personal approach with our clients and their workflows sets us apart from the competition and what continues to fuel our growth in such a competitive industry.

Job Purpose
This is an engineering position with operational elements, where you will work be required to work by yourself and as part of a team delivering networks of video recording servers, logging systems and edit suites to major production companies and broadcast clients around the world. Responsibilities will include engineering and operational duties on-site and maintenance and setup duties at base. The position involves:

  • Building and managing video server workflows, often built around EVS equipment
  • Monitoring and optimising the performance of media servers and storage systems, non-linear edit suites (Avid, Adobe), and file processing delivery facilities
  • Providing first line (and sometimes remote) system support to address technical faults in a timely manner
  • Guiding media managers, operators and production staff through operational scenarios
  • Completing routine maintenance and regular system checks of our supported systems
  • Evaluating new software and hardware
  • Creating and documenting new media workflows and guidance for new users

Key Accountabilities

  • To install and operate video server systems on international projects
  • To advise and manage clients on technical workflows
  • To assist in the preparation of equipment and planning of projects
  • General maintenance and identification of faults with equipment
  • To set up and assist in outside broadcast and fixed rig environments
  • To provide remote support both online and by telephone of our national and international systems

Required Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Experience with building and maintaining computer systems
  • In-depth knowledge of Windows, macOS and Linux operating systems
  • Knowledge of networking principals, (Routing, Switching, the OSI model etc.)
  • Technical reporting and drawing skills
  • Drivers licence
  • Desirable
  • Familiarity with EVS Broadcast Equipment, and integration with 3rd party applications
  • Knowledge of NLEs (Avid, Premiere etc.)
  • Familiarity with cloud computing and virtual machines
  • Experience of shared storage systems and media asset management
  • Media management experience
  • Cisco qualifications (CCNA/CCNP)

Due to the nature of the position there will be the necessity for travel, both abroad and locally, so in addition to the above, the ability to be totally flexible is a key requisite of this role.

The following leadership competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate these competencies.
Analytical thinking
Able to simplify complex problems, process projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Able to identify causal relationships and construct frameworks, for problem solving and/or development
Decision making
Is ready and able to take the initiative, originate action and be responsible for the consequences of the decisions made
Planning and organising
Is able to think ahead in order to establish an effective and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resources requirements
Adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Is able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements

A job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.


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