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Job Introduction

BBC Design & Engineering, Engineering Operations actively supports BBC production to create and deliver great content across radio, TV and online.  We are principally responsible for supporting live and recorded output all day, every day across News Group, Radio and BBC North in Salford.  As a support department our role is to make life as easy as possible for those using the BBC's technology, while minimising the amount of Licence Fee we consume in doing so.

The Client and Server Platforms team is part of the Technology Support group within Engineering Operations. The purpose of the team is to provide Specialist services and is therefore the interface between the Support teams, Project delivery teams and Technology Suppliers. The Technical Specialist function provides systems ownership at architectural level including consultative & commissioning expertise.

The Client and Server Platforms team are responsible for all pan Engineering Operations IT infrastructure and systems such as virus checking and patch management on an estate made up of nearly 3000 servers on primary sites and 1000 Broadcast critical PCs and Task Stations in Studios and Galleries. It is expected that these roles will eventually form part of a new team going forward called ‘Infrastructure as a service', this team will be instrumental in introducing virtualisation across BBC production systems.

Role Responsibility
Systems Engineers in general are focused on forward looking, proactive work on technology systems.  The role will work with Systems Engineers from Engineering Operations, Online Technology Group (OTG) and Project Departments on the development, projects and planned changes to ensure Virtual Systems are managed appropriately, fit for purpose and safe for the live environment. The role involves providing 3rd line advice and support, performing upgrades and configuration, providing specialist effort to projects and carrying out problem management including liaising with 3rd party providers.   As part of this role you will engage with the Operational support, Service Design and Release Management teams.

We are looking for pro-active people to join this team and have another role available based in New Broadcasting House, London. Travel between the two sites is expected.  

We are ideally looking for a Senior Systems Engineer but would welcome applications from all levels of experience; grade and salary will be applicable to level of experience.

Are you the right candidate?
Key skills and knowledge of some of the following systems are advantageous;


Virtualisation Technologies
VMWare ESXi / vCenter

Microsoft Hyper V


Experience with enterprise grade hardware.
HPE Server Technologies e.g. DL, BL, Series Servers.

HPE Synergy Hyper-converged

SAN Storage / HPE 3PAR/Nimble

Fabric Storage Switches



Microsoft System Centre Configuration Manager

Symantec Altiris

Sophos Enterprise Antivirus Solutions

BMC Remedy

Package Description
Band: C/D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Salford

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.

About the BBC
We don't focus simply on what we do - we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you've read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

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.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click  here


Job Sector
IT & Telecoms
Job Position
Software Engineer
Salford, UK Show on map
Post date
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