• Senior Broadcast Specialist

    Spectrum Group
    Salary Details
    Job Type
    Full or Part Time – Fixed Term (including flexible working arrangements)
    Job Level
    Associate/Senior Associate
    Contract Duration
    12 Months (Secondment)
    Closing Date
  • Team Overview

    Ofcom is the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries. This role sits in the Spectrum Group (SG) at Ofcom which is responsible for providing access to the electromagnetic spectrum that enables all types of technologies from TV/Radio to mobile, from satellite to Wi-Fi, from Bluetooth to wireless cameras.

    We are recruiting a technical specialist to lead and undertake spectrum planning and other technical work across a range of terrestrial broadcast programmes and projects and to help take forward our broadcast (TV and radio) strategy and undertake work across a range of broadcast projects and programmes. The broadcast team in Ofcom carries out technical and coverage planning for the spectrum that is used to deliver terrestrial radio and TV services. This team’s work includes providing access to spectrum for current programmes of licensing as well as how demand for spectrum from broadcasting users might change in the future.

    This is an opportunity to help shape the way we make available one of the UK’s most important resources for wireless communications – the radio spectrum – and set the future for broadcast services in the UK

    Purpose of the Role

    To lead and undertake technical spectrum planning and other technical duties to enable the licensing of terrestrial broadcast radio and TV services and contribute to future broadcast strategy

    Requirements of the Role

    We are looking for a creative problem solver and collaborator, who thrives in an innovative environment. You will be involved in a number of challenging and diverse activities underpinning our work supporting terrestrial broadcasting to ensure the optimal use of spectrum and meet future requirements for broadcast services in the UK. It is also likely that you will be able to contribute across a range of other work areas, both within the Spectrum Group and more widely within Ofcom. This is a 12 month fixed term contract.


    You will be expected to lead, contribute to, or take ownership of, a range of challenging and diverse broadcast activities. The particular emphasis of the role is expected to be in broadcast radio, both digital (DAB) and analogue (AM/FM), although may also include some work relating to television (DTT).


    Particular tasks include:

    • Assessment of technical proposals from applicants for broadcast licences, including ensuring they do not cause interference to other spectrum users, in particular aeronautical communications;
    • Using specialised software tools to model likely coverage;
    • Seeking international coordination of new UK broadcast services, or assessing coordination requests from other countries;
    • Ensuring licensees comply with the technical requirements set out in their licences and our Technical Codes;
    • Ensuring our technical database is kept up to date with transmission site parameters;
    • Dealing with external stakeholders, for example existing or prospective licensees, both in writing and verbally; and
    • Working with other technical specialists within the Broadcast team as well as licensing and legal specialists in other teams within Ofcom.
    • Project planning with precise responsibilities varying according to the scale and complexity of each project;
    • Writing documents for internal governance purposes and also for external publication;


    The broadcast team covers a diverse range of activities in radio and TV broadcasting, and we expect the successful candidate to work across a number of these.

    Some ongoing and upcoming examples of projects and programmes include:

    • Undertaking a new round of analogue Community Radio licensing
    • Planning analogue Restricted Service Licences (RSLs) for radio
    • Reviewing the current level of broadcast technical regulation
    • Planning for the future of small scale (i.e. Community and smaller Commercial) radio services on DAB digital radio

    The clearance of TV and Programme Making and Spectrum Events (PMSE i.e. radiomicrophones) from the 700 MHz band

    Skills, knowledge and experience

    • Appreciation of and desire to promote Ofcom's values of excellence, agility, empowerment and collaboration
    • Good understanding of radio frequency engineering principles;
    • An understanding of signal propagation effects and how they affect coverage and reception;
    • Ability to think clearly, analytically and creatively, and to deliver well-judged, coherent, robust and workable solutions;
    • Ability to communicate effectively and cogently both in writing and orally, particularly when expressing technical concepts in a persuasive and accessible manner to non-technical people;
    • Ability to deal with stakeholders tactfully and in a professional manner
    • Delivery-focused with ability to prioritise and produce deliverables on time to meet tight deadlines and of high quality
    • Ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams and to identify risks proactively

    Desirable Skills / Experience

    We are seeking candidates with a willingness to learn and contribute actively to the development of our work in broadcasting. Knowledge of one or more of the following would be helpful:

    • Experience of using a software-based coverage prediction tool;
    • An understanding of the UK broadcasting industry;
    • An understanding of UK spectrum regulation


    There will be a significant opportunity to grow knowledge and experience in the role through working closely with others in the team who are specialists in broadcast spectrum planning.


    Most likely to be educated to degree level or to have equivalent experience and have experience in a corporate strategy, technical policy, regulatory or consulting role.

    Further Information

    For further information contact Peter Madry at peter.madry@ofcom.org.uk.


    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. We will consider part-time applicants.









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