Outside Broadcast Guarantee Engineer

Reports to:       Engineering

Location:            Regional

Salary:               c£50k subject to experience, full-time, permanent

Job Purpose

Outside Broadcast (OB) Guarantee Engineers will have overall responsibility for ensuring all technical facilities are delivered on time and to the highest possible standards on location. These include leadership of the engineering team, deployment of the OB Unit, guarantee responsibility for all inputs and outputs, (including any presentation and/or Racecourse TV facilities) and ensuring signal delivery to the customer(s). This position will also support the Unit Manager in delivering the service to the highest possible standards to customers and other racing stakeholders.

The Guarantee Engineer will ensure all standard operating procedures are followed, will lead the resolution of faults or incidents promptly, (delegating where appropriate), be responsible for the upkeep and repatriation of all equipment, ensure that overall engineering standards are maintained and proactively seek to improve systems and processes.

The Guarantee Engineer will, in conjunction with the regional Engineering Managers, proactively participate in the technical planning and delivery for major meetings. It is expected that the Guarantee Engineer will cover Unit Managers on occasions and after gaining suitable experience.

Skills & Experience

  • Excellent knowledge of Outside Broadcast and live sports broadcasting desirable

  • Deep understanding of HD-SDI and/or IP Broadcast systems

  • Strong competency in use of electrical supply systems typically up to 63amp single phase

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience with end-to-end signal flow of broadcast camera systems

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience with broadcast matrices, switchers, talkback and ‘glue’

  • Strong RF knowledge with radio cameras, links and radio talkback systems

  • Competent in use of broadcast IT systems

  • Practical approach to problem-solving to rectify faults and/or establish a ‘work round’

  • Physically fit to manually move equipment to all appropriate locations

  • Able to plan tasks, prioritise effectively and demonstrate effective post event resolutions

  • Willingness to educate, develop and mentor all OB engineers leading by example

  • Comfortable with working at heights, in isolation and exposed to the weather

  • Adept at MS Office and Broadcast IT

  • Ideally a good working knowledge of horse racing


  • Degree level of education in engineering or media/broadcast or similar

  • Ability to work under pressure, to ‘tight’ deadlines while remaining calm

  • Demonstrable team leadership skills both on location and at base

  • Team player willing to demonstrate by example when necessary

  • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate effectively and be part of a team

  • Ability to identify and improve processes and procedures

  • Able to take ownership and see through to resolution

  • A full clean UK driving licence preferable

  • Applicants must live within 30 minutes’ drive of one of our current operational bases either at York Racecourse for the North, Warwick Racecourse for the Midlands, or Raynes Park, SW London for the South; or be prepared to relocate.

Please email a cover letter and your CV to jobs@racetech.co.uk.

Richard Kydd