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Graduate Edit Assistant – Media City

  • Timeline Television Ltd
  • Media City, Salford
  • 10/03/2023

Job Description

About the Role

Timeline are looking to train a Graduate Edit Assistant working at Timeline’s facility in Media City Salford.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a genuine interest in developing a career in post-production to join our small team. As a graduate you will receive on the job training to help you to setup and support our edit suites and workflows. Some previous knowledge of Avid & Adobe NLE systems along with an understanding of post-production workflows, file formats, codecs and ingest applications is preferential but not essential.

Programme Length

This an 18 month’ development programme giving you the opportunity to expand your knowledge and develop practical skills for an exciting and rewarding career. As a Graduate Trainee, you can expect to put all the theory you have learnt at university into practice within an innovative organisation that will put you at the forefront of new and exciting developments in broadcast technology and prepare you for a long-term career.


Our Graduate Edit Assistant role could be right for you if you are interested in pursuing one of the following careers (amongst others):

  • Edit Assistant
  • Senior Edit Assistant
  • Editor
  • Master Control Room Engineer

Development and Learning Expectations / Responsibilities

Learning and developing your skills whilst participating in our Graduate Programme will also involve supporting the effective operation and workflows which involves the following:

  • Understanding of the fundamentals of file-based editing workflows
  • Ingest and transcode media from a variety of sources (camera card, hard drive, file delivery) and ensure outgest requests are carried out to a high standard
  • Upkeep of edit, media and storage systems
  • Provide front line support and address technical faults in a timely and professional manner
  • Communicating and escalating issues as required, and ensuring alternative ways of meeting requirements are identified and implemented in a prompt manner
  • Develop and build excellent working relationships with colleagues, production teams, technical operators, and clients
  • Prioritise the daily workload to ensure deadlines are met
  •  Help guide editors, operators and production staff through complex operational scenarios and workflows
  • Ensure the day-to-day upkeep of the office
  • Maintain an approachable, friendly, and calm manner when dealing with clients and colleagues
  • Supporting the operation by preparing operational instructions and communicating changes
  • The role will require some runner duties


    You will hit the ground running, working directly alongside our skilled engineers, getting hands-on experience operationally supporting transmission, ingest, traffic, outside broadcasts and studio productions for our major broadcast clients. After a full induction, we will also offer you a mix of internal and external training, and you will have access to your own mentor to support your career development.

    About You

    • We don’t need you to have worked in a broadcasting or studio environment before but there are some key requirements:
    • A passion for post-production, preferably having experience with edit systems in a post-production environment
    • An understanding of file-based formats and codecs
    • Knowledge and /or experience with the use and support of Avid Media Composer and Adobe Premiere and edit storage platforms
    • A familiarity of industry standard transcoding tools, such as: Content Agent and Adobe Media Encoder would be highly beneficial but not essential
    • Some media management skills.
    • The ability to adhere to naming conventions and demonstrate a good eye for detail when dealing with client media
    • Customer awareness and good interpersonal skills; able to react tactfully and sympathetically to requests from operators and production staff
    • The ability to prioritise workload and meet deadlines
    • Demonstrate clear logical thinking in fault-finding and problem solving.
    • Able to distinguish between important and irrelevant information (we will train you in this)
    • Demonstrates flexibility and responds very well to new challenges, is open to change(s), shows openness to alternative ways of doing things
    • Shows an aptitude and ability to pick up new techniques and skills quickly.
    • Ability to remain calm when working under programme and operational pressures

Please note that this is a shift-based role and involves unsociable hours and weekend work.

Why join Timeline Television?

In addition to being part of a company that is at the forefront of cutting-edge broadcast technology, we offer a range of perks and benefits such as the Cycle to Work scheme, private health care, a medical cashback scheme, Gym Membership amongst others.

You will have the opportunity to work on exciting projects that really matter, and we offer a variety of training and development opportunities.

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 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 without sponsorship to apply for this role.

Should your application be successful the assessment date will be held on 19th June 2023