Job Description

Position Title: Chief Engineer                  

Department: Studios

Report To: VP Finance & Business Operations

Exempt/Nonexempt: Exempt

Location: Scottsdale, AZ

Description:

As the leader of the technical department, the Chief Engineer is responsible for the company’s overall technical readiness, including all aspects of the studio’s technical equipment, operations, staffing and resource management, administration, financial and technology planning,   Reporting to the VP, Finance and Business Operations, the Chief Engineer reviews production proposals ensuring that technical requirements are met, creatively finding solutions where competing demands arise, and provides regular forecasts and reports of technology and services expenditures in accordance with the needs of the production and operations teams.  Serving as the technical advisor to the production and operations teams, provides the technology roadmap for systems and capabilities while being mindful of new and evolving technologies and production trends.

Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all production equipment and systems including, graphics generators, virtual reality, cameras, signal switchers and routers, audio consoles and DAW, storage and MAM systems, post-production and color grading platforms, transport, monitoring and measurement technologies, intercom and tally systems are operational and properly configured and maintained to support productions
  • Manage engineering staff schedules, performance, and skill development through team oriented continuous improvement strategies to ensure that problem root-cause are identified and corrected in a timely manner
  • Collaborate with Business Development and participate in client meetings to create bids for projects as the chief technical advisor, using engineering principles to formulate process and workflows that support live and studio productions ensuring a successful broadcast; and the documentation of all workflows, operations and maintenance records, including schematic drawings using AutoCAD or VISIO, or equivalent documentation systems
  • Manage department budgets and planning for current and future staff and equipment needs by staying abreast of the latest technology and in collaboration with Live and Studio Production departments provide annual staff and capital expenditure recommendations
  • Working with IT when necessary, create RFP/SOW (Request for Proposal / Statement of Work) for external vendors for equipment and software installations and to resolve equipment and technical issues when encountered
  • Perform other duties as assigned

 

 

 

Qualifications:

  • Minimum 10 years of experience in video production engineering supporting live productions (sports, news, live events), remote production (REMI/@Home), virtual reality, live streaming, commercial and post-production
  • BSEE degree from an accredited institution or an associate degree in electrical or electronic engineering or equivalent experience
  • FCC, SBE, AWS, Google, AZURE, CISCO, and other professional certifications a plus
  • Competence with Microsoft Office 365 including SharePoint, Teams, Dynamics 365, Visio or AutoCAD, Adobe CS including Premier, AfterEffects, Photoshop
  • Experience with hardware and software testing and troubleshooting (e.g., Wireshark, PuTTY), QA and measurement equipment (e.g., vector and waveform monitors) supported by a thorough understanding of baseband and IP video, including SMPTE 2022, SMPTE ST2110 and related standards, MPEG-TS, NDI, and other transport modes, possess deep knowledge of video/audio signal formats such as H.264/265, JPEG2K, JPEG XS, HLS, DASH, CMAF, and digital media technologies
  • Strong understanding of IP technologies including Apple OS and Microsoft Windows OS skills required; advanced scripting or software development experience, including IP network management and architectures, are a significant advantage
  • Strong communication skills to obtain effective results from staff and vendors; ability to communicate problems and solutions with both technical and non-technical staff
  • Demonstrated ability to manage through vague, difficult, and stressful situations, work under deadline pressure and have proven superior problem-solving skills for simple to highly complex issues that may arise
  • Must be able to meet deadlines while being flexible to change
  • Savvy technical skills and mechanical ability; ability to troubleshoot, disassemble, repair, and install electronic equipment by combining electronic theory and logic (both analog and digital)
  • Valid Arizona driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Self-motivation to grow core competencies

Working Conditions:

This position is in a combination office environment and production studio and will be required to sit or stand for long periods of time. This position will routinely perform manual tasks, work on a computer, and communicate on the phone. This position will be required to attend events and meetings outside of the office/out of town.