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Media Operator (QC & Edit)
Love Channel 4 programmes? We'd love to hear from you!

Prime Focus Technologies is opening a state-of-the-art Media Centre in Leeds to deliver Media & Online services for Channel 4. 

We are looking for experienced and trainee candidates for this role.
This is a fantastic opportunity to join our brand new team at the heart of Channel 4's outsourced content operations.

About the Role
The Media Operators will review and judge the technical quality of Channel 4's content, logging detailed information and performing straightforward fixes and re-mastering (editing) of the content if required. 
As part of the team responsible for the operation of end to end media workflows, the Media Operators will work with a range of systems, including CLEAR™ and other industry standard tool-sets including Adobe Premiere to deliver an efficient, accurate and professional media operations service. 

Principal Accountabilities:
  • To ingest, review and process content accurately to meet deadlines and according to agreed standards.
  • To ingest video tape from legacy formats, including lining up playback and cleaning heads.
  • To accurately identify and then quality check material for technical and content compliance. 
  • To correctly and professionally use the tools for measurement, display and processing of video and audio (including PSE and loudness checking & certification).
  • To accurately enter detailed technical and content information into systems, including content descriptions for search engine and scheduling purposes.
  • To perform video/audio editing to a professional standard to fix faulty or failed media, and to create new versions of programmes if required by the customer. This may include adjustments to allow the content to pass PSE and loudness checks.
  • To swiftly and carefully process high value or very late/short timescale material, ensuring proper focus and that any risks are identified and escalated appropriately and in a timely fashion.
  • To develop and maintain excellent relationships with colleagues at all levels, focusing on teamwork and supporting others. To demonstrate excellent communication skills and emotional intelligence.
  • To follow all content and data security procedures and policies at all times to ensure the confidentiality of our customers’ content. To escalate immediately should any risk be identified. 
  • To ensure detailed handovers to colleagues are prepared and communicated at the end of each shift.
  • For physical media (tapes or hard drives), to maintain well organised physical libraries, adhering to health & safety procedures, including those for lifting and handling and for the storage of physical tape. To handle video tapes and video tape machines according to best practice. To ensure arriving hard drives are quarantined until after virus checks are complete.

About You
Experience, Knowledge & Skills Required:
  • Previous experience in a similar role in media/television/post-production or having an education/qualification in media operations is essential, unless you are applying as a trainee (training will be provided on specific systems). 
  • Demonstrable knowledge of video & audio file formats, codecs & standards.
  • Demonstrable ability to read and interpret waveform monitors and audio meters. 
  • Ability to interpret automated QC software reports to identify problematic frames or sections, understand the nature of the problem and how to correct it. 
  • Demonstrable experience as QC operator, able to review & classify content according to industry standards or having a relevant academic qualification, unless you are applying as a trainee.
  • Experience with video processing tools such as transcoders & standards converters.
  • Demonstrable ability to perform basic video edits using Adobe Premiere (or similar software).
  • Knowledge of legacy physical video tape formats and experience of handling tape, operating and lining up video tape machines is desirable but not essential. 
  • Experience of working with software workflow orchestration tools, media asset management systems and Microsoft Office. 
  • Previous experience in media companies and dealing with confidential, high value broadcast files for transmission deadlines is desirable.
  • Ability to understand other European languages is an advantage (for QC of non-English content).

Key Competencies:
  • Attention to detail - meticulous attention to detail performing all tasks accurately, diligently and completely.
  • Communication – strong written and verbal skills to work effectively and diplomatically with contacts at all levels including clients. Fluent in English with the ability to express complex concepts clearly and succinctly.
  • Problem solving - able to simplify complex problems, think laterally and to solve them systematically. 
  • Planning and organising - able to think ahead proactively, to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Able to prioritise and plan activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors to manage time effectively.
  • Working under pressure – able to maintain attention to detail, multi-task and deliver to a tight transmission/publication deadline. Works productively in high a pressure environment and keeps emotions under control. Learns from setbacks.
  • Managing relationships - to build and maintain effective working relationships. Work with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
  • Confidentiality – preserves the confidentiality of client content (particularly pre-release content) and client and employer processes and workflows. Adheres to company policies on social media usage.

Above all, we are looking for people passionate about the industry and Channel 4's output who are "can do" and aligned with Channel 4 and PFT's values. 

Hours of work:
  • To support the nature of our customer’s operation, this role will require shift work covering 24hrs a day, 7 days a week once services commence. 

Start dates autumn & winter 2020.

Next Step

To apply for this role please click the 'apply' to send your CV and a cover letter, telling us which role you are applying for and what makes you the ideal candidate, via grapevinejobs.