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Senior Contribution Engineer

Warner Bros. Discovery

London, Chiswick Park - Full Time



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Position Summary

Contribution Engineering is a team of engineers whose responsibilities encompass the design and installation of all contribution technology across the EMEA region. The department is also responsible for contribution across the group, into and between key sites both for business-as-usual operations and major live sporting events. 

The primary purpose of the position is to help build the contribution platforms needed to deliver Warner Bros.Discovery’s expanding portfolio of sports rights. Working with existing systems and designing new ones the role demands strategic thinking, determination and the ability to champion innovative technologies and workflows where appropriate at senior levels.

Working closely with production and sports technology teams the Senior Contribution Engineer will play a key role in the technology choices and workflow design for Eurosport and TNT Sports rights as well as delivering the Paris 2024 Olympics across Europe

The position is a hybrid role with up to 3 days a week in the office (Mon-Fri) and is based in Chiswick Park, London.

Key Responsibilities:

• Design and implement contribution compression systems located at various Warner Bros.Discovery and Eurosport locations.
• Liaise with the Warner Bros.Discovery Sports, Olympic and other internal project teams to deliver on future projects and services
• Champion the benefits of new innovative contribution technology to all relevant parts of the business
• Assist with management of third-party suppliers and their implementation of projects and upgrades on our behalf, ensuring requirements are clear, SLAs are met and adhered to and risk mitigated.
• Evaluate and assess new technologies and equipment.
• Provide technical leadership to fellow engineers
• Provide specialist technical support and information to other departments.


Essential Skills:

• Bachelor's degree in the broadcast or media technology field
• Experience at a senior engineering level for a major sports broadcaster
• Proven experience of designing and delivering broadcast workflows for major tier 1 sporting events (Olympics, EPL/UCL etc)
• Experience of working on major sporting events and willing to work flexibly
• Thorough knowledge of current, commonly used compression standards.
• An in-depth knowledge of HD/UHD broadcast video signal chains and PCM, Dolby D/E audio workflows
• Self-motivation and the ability to advance projects without supervision are essential.
• The ability to deal with multiple workflows and to identify and prioritise their responsibilities in a changing environment.
• The successful candidate will be expected to communicate with and meet a wide variety of people within and outside of the organisation during their career at Warner Bros. Discovery & Eurosport; therefore, excellent presentational and communication skills are essential.

Desirable skills:

• Knowledge of JPEG 2000/ XS, H264/HEVC and NDI
• Knowledge of SMPTE 2022-7, 2110, NMOS and SDN’s
• Knowledge of UHD, HDR and Dolby Atmos formats
• Previous experience in remote production
• Previous experience with deploying systems in AWS and GCP
• Previous experience with LTE contribution
• Previous experience with internet contribution i.e. SRT/RIST/ZIXI
• Previous experience in MCR operations and engineering


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