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NBC Universal Director of Technology- NBC5/T39 in Fort Worth, Texas

Looking for a technology career in the media industry with the world’s most exciting entertainment company?

Your search is over.

NBCUniversal, operating from the State-of-the-Art NBC Studios at DFW, is looking for a Director of Technology (DOT) with broadcast and IT exposure to lead a dynamic team that supports content creators and distribution across multiple linear and non-linear television, internet, mobile and OTT platforms. Think heavy metal on-prem systems along with cloud based off-prem mechanics.

A seasoned IT Systems or Broadcast Engineer with exposure to the dev-ops landscape and hands on experience in supporting the media sector and live production systems, preferably with additional project management, system design and integration skills.

With expertise in IP streaming and content management systems along with mastery of video hardware, you will have been responsible for business-critical media technology solutions and both a contributor and POC to the corporate IT and NBC Division Technology team.

You will have a zest for complex projects and will be a stakeholder in upgrading the facility to a leading IP driven state of the art broadcast and data center.

In a perfect world you will have a qualification in IT, Electronics or Engineering along with exposure or certification in AWS cloud mechanics along with career level experience in a media industry related field. In the real world, we want a reliable person with great communication, presence and leadership qualities building a positive ‘can-do’ team environment who seeks challenges, is detail focused, technology curious and a natural at building and sharing knowledge within a wider team of experts. Polished presentation work is essential to the role.

NBC Universal, a Comcast company, is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the world. It has been certified as a “Great Place to Work (https://www.greatplacetowork.com/certified-company/1000066) ” by the Great Place to Work Institute, and offer a wide range of excellent benefits such as medical health plans, retirement plans, Comcast courtesy services in existing Xfinity markets, Universal Parks discounts, exclusive perks, and more

Key Attributes for success

  • Leadership – Manage a team of up to ten expert broadcast, IT and systems engineers who need daily mentoring, guidance, and task assessments.

  • Ownership – key POC for all technology supporting the facility, available to answer questions, offer solutions, provide support, deliver projects, and offer continuous feedback.

  • Attitude – Positive, available, accessible, responsible, communicative

  • Organization – clarity in project management, presentations, system mapping, documentation and employment of tools for knowledge transfer, support access

  • Presence – Act, think and communicate when needed to a high level audience and lead by example to the team specialists. Be willing to associate with peers across platforms to drive meetings, offer solutions and deliver projects.

  • Expertise – necessity to understand broadcast, IT, and the move to cloud infrastructure.

  • Experience – Hands on engineering in technology disciplines expected.

  • Contribution – support the technical facility, lead, and inspire staff, deliver on projects, and provide innovative working solutions are significant attributes to this role.

  • Availability – Dallas-Fort Worth is national market five in terms of local broadcasting market importance. NBC Universal’s Duopoly of KXAS, KXTX, plus the ArtHouse, Production Cloud 1.0 and other NBCU business units make DFW a powerhouse in terms of production output and complexity.

Technology Knowledge

 

  • Broadcast traditional infrastructure consisting of routing, glue, audio, video, coms, RF, IPTV and transmission systems.

  • On-Air systems such as Ross studio automation, graphics, camera robotics, video surface scaling, mpeg and IP encoding platforms, NRCS, PSIP, Nielson and namedropper insertion.

  • IT Systems including CDN’s, storage devices, network architecture, routers, switches, file acceleration, vmware, SCCM, cloud hosting, cyber security, database, active directory, DNS management and DevOps exposure, Dataminer management and control systems.

  • Connectivity via fiber optics, microwave, satellite, and cellular bonding.

  • Broadcast standards and encoding including NextGen, SRT, NDI, SMPTE2110 and streaming formats such as HLS, RTMP, HTTP and webRTC.

Basic Qualifications

  • Requires 5+ years related experience.

  • Experience in Team Leading and management.

  • Experience in Broadcast Systems, Production, Networking, Servers, Monitoring and troubleshooting.  

  • Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, related field or equivalent experience.

Additional Job Requirements

  • Able to work longer weekly hours, holidays, as well as weekends, when necessary, with short notice.

  • Must be willing to work in Fort Worth, Texas just south of DFW airport.

  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.

  • Interested candidate must submit a resume/CV through www.nbcunicareers.com to be considered for this position.

  • Must be covered by solutions, NBCU’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Desired Characteristics

  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) a plus.

  • Experience supporting a major market or network News operation.

  • Strong leader with the ability to motivate employees, develop talent, tackle organizational challenges, and maintain a culture of accountability and high performance.

  • Collaborative self-starter that demonstrates initiative and the desire for continuous improvement.

  • Highly customer focused with the ability to directly engage with stakeholders across all levels, set agendas, define goals, and drive the conversation to achieve success.

  • Ability to break down a complex problem and apply structure to make it manageable and achievable.

  • Passion for learning new technologies and applying them to business challenges.

  • Experience in business analysis / requirements definition and risk management.

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.  Ability to visualize and communicate both high level concepts and ideas, as well as tactical details for executives, business stakeholders and technology teams across all levels.

  • Experience executing large complex initiatives in a large matrixed environment with the ability to establish trust with stakeholders.

  • Experience in assessing project health, removing organizational roadblocks, and making room for failure to ensure project success.

  • Flexibility and ability to pivot from one initiative to the next, while managing multiple concurrent projects from very small to very large.

  • Accustomed to ongoing reporting & documentation.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to interface with all levels of management.

  • Driven to maintain high level of customer service, five 9’s reliability.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

NBCUniversal's policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

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