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RF Senior Engineer

  • Timeline Television Ltd
  • Greenford, OH 44460, USA
  • 18/01/2023

Job Description


We are looking for a RF Senior Engineer who will work primarily on OB locations, with occasional work at other Timeline locations as necessary to cover programme and maintenance needs. The RF Senior Engineer is required to plan and then work at the highest level of technical complexity under programme and/or operational pressures. They will be reporting to the Head of RF Engineering and the Unit Managers as required.


The Senior Engineer's primary role will be to plan, licence, co-ordinate the scheduling and then deliver operations at OB locations.

Duties could involve the following;

  • Supervising and Operating satellite uplink systems for live TV broadcasts. Single and multiple carrier links, MCPC, IP modems
  • Supporting all aspects of the uplink operation, including TWTs, SSPA, cross-site cabling, power systems, video and audio routing, MPEG encoding
  • Driving Satellite vans and other vehicles to and from OB locations
  • Effective coordination with remote earth stations, satellite providers, booking offices, MCRs and end users
  • Supervising and Rigging and operating RF link equipment of a many types including miniature mobile COFDM links, terrestrial links, IP links, ASI multiplexers
  • Working with IP based control systems to monitor manage various devices along the signal chain
  • Familiarity with Fibre technology involved with RF systems
  • Supporting UHF Radio Talkback and Data systems
  • Keeping up to date on new technologies such as UHD video, Dolby Atmos and HEVC coding
  • Setting up and operating to a basic level a wide range of TV Broadcast gear including camera, video, audio and record/replay equipment
  • Rigging cables and remote equipment as required
  • Ensuring that services are always delivered on time and to the highest possible technical and professional standards
  • Planning of major forthcoming jobs, liaising with clients, project managers and others in Timeline. Planning includes frequency licencing, satellite clearances, satellite segment bookings etc. Ensuring that the services are appropriate for clients and their budgets
  • Devising new solutions, using equipment creatively and cost effectively to deliver client requirements
    • Ensuring that operations are always delivered safely and that due regard is paid to the health and safety of others, Timeline staff, other event workers, third party suppliers and the public. Leading the RF crew on site and looking after their welfare
    • Delivery of Planning Sheets and RAMS for OB Safety
    • Quoting for jobs and assisting the sales team
    • Checking billing information for RF only jobs
  • Continuously monitor and optimise the performance of transmission systems
  • Ensure that all required reports and logs are accurately completed and submitted on time
  • Provide first line support and address technical faults in a prompt and professional manner, communicating and escalating issues as required, and ensure alternative ways of meeting requirements are identified and implemented swiftly
  • Advising Equipment Supply and Stores of appropriate equipment for jobs
  • Training of all Uplink & RF Engineers
  • Deputising for the Head of RF Engineering occasionally
  • Assisting the Head of RF Development when required


    The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate the following:

  • A passion for links and broadcast technology
  • Extensive experience of satellite up-linking in TV broadcasting
  • Knowledge and experience of current encoding, modulation and transmission systems in TV broadcast industry
  • A thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of electrical power systems, electronics and RF systems
  • A good general knowledge of practical engineering would be advantageous
  • UK Driving licence up to level C1
  • Knowledge of Health and safety legislation as it applies
  • Good manual dexterity to maintain complex miniaturised devices
  • Strength and resilience to cope with long busy days
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work both alone and as part of a team, and to remain calm under pressure
  • A positive, enthusiastic manner with an ability to react tactfully and sympathetically to requests from operational and production staff
  • Customer awareness and good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
  • Effective communication skills
  • Must be able to work at heights
  • Must be willing to work around the UK and overseas as required

A flexible and positive approach is always important in Timeline.


We offer an opportunity to work with collaborative and helpful team members across all locations. You are also eligible for a variety of employee benefits including:

  • Private health care
  • Medical cash benefits
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Travel insurance
  • Gym Membership

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the Timeline Team – whether that is working in our engineering or technology roles or being part of our non-technical teams. We believe the more diverse our organisation is the more we are reflecting society and ensuring we are selecting from the broadest talent pool.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.

You must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this role.