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Technical Manager - BT Studios

Location: Stratford

Salary: Dependent on Experience

About the Role

An exciting opportunity to plan and deliver television production at the BT Studios facility in Stratford, East London. This is a senior role within the company's technical team and you will be managing the production of broadcast and multi-platform content for BT Sport, and other major UK networks. In addition to your significant technical knowledge and experience, you will need exceptional communication skills and a customer-focused approach.

Main Duties

In this role you will be responsible for the planning, coordination and technical delivery of studio production and 'remote' production on behalf of BT Sport and their other commercial partners.

  • You will use your understanding of television broadcast technology (HD, 4K, HDR, IP Networks) to provide innovative technical solutions that meet the needs of the production clients.
  • You will work collaboratively with the engineering teams to ensure that projects are delivered successfully, and any technical issues are resolved in a timely manner.
  • You will communicate effectively with the engineering departments so that the technical requirements of each production are fully understood by each team, and are achievable.
  • You will work to the highest possible standards, with due consideration for the production budget available.
  • As the main point of contact for clients during the planning process - and on the day of the production - you will ensure that the customer experience at BT Studios is unrivalled.
  • You will work collaboratively with the studio planning team in all aspects of resource planning (technical, operational, commercial), to ensure that they have the right people and equipment in place to deliver successful outcomes.
  • You will work closely with the Head of Operations to deliver cost effective solutions that meet the requirements of various clients.
  • You will be accountable for the operational resources of each production and your responsibilities will include the preparation of studio quotes, 'day to day' cost management, and accurate financial reconciliation of the projects under your control.
  • You will oversee the rig and operation of technical equipment in production control rooms and on the studio floor (cameras, vision systems, AR/VR, lighting, sound, VT), and will work collaboratively with our media systems team to plan the most suitable post production and media workflows.
  • You will be responsible for studio safety including the management of risk assessments and 'on the day' supervision of technical staff, craft specialists and other guests in the studio.
  • You will support the continued development of internal business systems and processes, including the scheduling and charging of resources through Xytech Media Pulse and Provys.
  • Provide Ad-hoc duty management support and occasional leave cover as required.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships across BT Sport and the Timeline TV business.
  • Promote BT Studios as a first class destination for production companies and broadcasters.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A proven track record of successful technical delivery with significant experience in a similar role (Technical Manager, Unit Manager, Studio Manager etc).
  • Exceptional knowledge of broadcast systems, equipment and technology (cameras, sound, vision, AR/VR, lighting, graphics, EVS), remote and studio-based production workflows, post production and file-based media.
  • An excellent communicator who can influence at all levels; able to deliver key information in a timely and accurate manner to a range of stakeholders.
  • Proven customer focused approach that generates repeat business; able to remain calm under pressures and to react tactfully to unusual requests from production clients.
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic with leadership experience; able to prioritize a complex workload and to meet deadlines individually, and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Knowledge of Health and safety legislation, policy and standards including the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA), Risk Assessments, COSSH, Working at Height, Electricity at Work, Noise, Young People, Manual Handling of Work Equipment.
  • Commercial experience; able to write a quote, negotiating fair value from suppliers, track costs, and to deliver a project to an agreed production budget.
  • Able to resolve conflict, and to supervise a multifunctional team of staff and contractors in a 'live' production environment.
  • Experience of working with Xytech, Provys, ScheduALL or a similar scheduling system.
  • Excellent organizational skills, able to complete tasks quickly and efficiently.
  • Strong technical planning skills, comfortable with the detail of technical specifications.
  • An interest in sport or sports broadcasting.

Why join the company?

In addition to being part of a company that is at the forefront of cutting-edge broadcast technology, they offer a range of perks and benefits such as regular social events, the Cycle to Work scheme, private health care, a medical cashback scheme and a 'legendary' Christmas party! They also offer a variety of training and development opportunities and you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects.

To Apply

If you feel you are a suitable candidate and would like to work for this reputable company, then please click apply to be redirected to their website where you can submit your CV along with a short covering letter to outline your experience and salary expectations.

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