This role will require you to provide strategic technical insights and advice so that Ofcom’s policy position and approach to regulation ensures that consumers can benefit from new technological innovation in communications networks delivering a wide range of consumer and business services. We are looking for a self motivated and flexible technologist who can provide thought leadership on the current and emerging communications eco-system, with particular emphasis on fixed networks at both core and access level and the full range of services they can deliver, including PSTN replacement voice through to IPTV. You will need to be capable of leading cross-disciplinary project teams involving: market, policy, economic and legal specialists as well as being a senior specialist yourself in larger scale across Ofcom projects. You will need excellent written and oral presentation skills with an ability to communicate clearly to a senior none technical audience.
The UK’s communications sector is characterised by technology-driven change, providing new and innovative services to consumers. The connectivity provided by today’s fixed, mobile and broadcast networks is central to much of what we do as an economy and a society. Further change is on the way, from faster fixed and mobile broadband networks, to new means of distributing digital content.
Effective and flexible regulation is essential if UK consumers are to get the maximum benefit from technological innovation. The Technology Team plays a key role in achieving this, by ensuring that the way that Ofcom regulates is underpinned by a strong understanding of current and emerging technologies. It undertakes a wide range of projects spanning all the sectors we regulate, including fixed and wireless telecoms, broadcast TV and radio and the internet. Technology innovations are a major driver of change across the sector and so it’s important that Ofcom maintains an in depth knowledge of potential developments.
Members of the team are required to have a broad understanding of a wide range of technologies, whilst also being able to “drill deep” into specific technical issues in their specialist area when required.
Whilst many of the technologies associated with fixed network services are long established, their configuration and management continues to evolve to match the increasing consumer demand for broadband capacity and a better quality of experience. These include the rollout of faster fibre, cable and fixed wireless broadband access networks, the transition from PSTN to voice over IP telephony services, evolution of key core bearer routing and transmission technologies, and a wider use of software controlled flexible network elements.
These developments raise a number of potentially significant issues for Ofcom including:
The successful candidate will have a range of responsibilities including:
You will require:
You will ideally have:
The successful candidate is likely to have an engineering, computer science, mathematics or similar degree and to possess relevant professional qualifications.
Ofcom offers competitive salaries plus pensions and flexible benefits package. If you would like to apply, write stating your suitability for the role, current salary and enclose a CV to email@example.com or by post to:
The HR Department, Ofcom, Riverside House, 2a Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 9HA
Ofcom is an equal opportunities employer. It wishes to reflect the diversity of contemporary UK society and is therefore actively seeking to recruit colleagues from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as those who have a disability.