Where: Elk Grove, CA
Field: Live Broadcast / Sports / TV News / Technical Operations
Type: Full Time
Posted: May 10, 2023
Apple is looking for a Senior Media Production Engineer with a track record of delivering outstanding video, audio and IT support for live event productions. The Senior Media Production Engineer will be responsible for the technical operation and management of various OB trucks, flight packs, production operations centers, studios and other media production systems. The candidate will be the go-to technical resource for identifying future technical trends to ensure the content creation systems always exceed the creative, technical and rigorous quality standards required of Apple projects.
If working with cutting edge technology and supporting exciting projects sounds familiar and exciting, this could be the opportunity you’ve been working towards!
5+ years of experience working in the following areas:
Operating, architecting, or managing professional grade production systems such as OB production trucks, flight packs, video and/or audio production facilities, transmission operation centers, or other technical environments during high profile sports, music, or entertainment productions.
Hands on operational experience and technical expertise working with UHD, HDR, HFR, and IP based video and audio production technology.
Technical commissioning, user operation, and in-situ troubleshooting of media production hardware, software and protocols typical of media production environments.
Conducting quality control of all production elements such as camera and audio feeds, serial and IP data, graphics, and encoded contribution feeds.
Excellent troubleshooting skills while under time and resource constraints with strong prioritization and triage skills.
Working in international, highly metropolitan, and underdeveloped locations as key technical staff. This role may require *50% travel both domestically & internationally. It will be physically demanding at all times.
The Senior Media Production Engineer will join a team of technical and creative stakeholders working on a wide variety of projects for Apple. In support of these efforts, this individual will exercise their previous production engineering expertise for initial system design, deployment, on-site user operation, and post-operational support of various media production technologies used to enable content capture.
You will work closely with the production technology, R&D, and content teams to ensure the creative vision is well supported by exciting and cutting edge technical solutions. As a primary technical resource for each event, the candidate will find themselves actively involved with the technical care & operation of mobile OB units, flight packs, audio production infrastructure, video production infrastructure, operations centers, and other media production systems in highly dynamic and time critical production environments. The candidate will be expected to troubleshoot complex technological and creative workflow challenges in real time, with an ability to clearly communicate issues and offer solutions on the fly.
The Senior Media Production Engineer will also serve as a domain expert and a savvy, hands-on technician in their field, keeping up on the latest and greatest in media production technology to engineer improvements to current workflow, bring up of R&D and test systems, as well as work with a wide variety of internal and external engineering teams and technology vendors to drive innovation in next generation media production capabilities.
Education & Experience
Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience.
- Experience architecting, operating, or servicing live broadcast production facilities.
- Experience working with professional grade production tools included but not limited to: video switchers, media routers, graphics engines, audio consoles, comms systems, video replay, NLE & DAW systems, media encoders & transport mechanisms, monitoring & telemetry, fiber based A/V transport.
- Strong familiarity with SMPTE 2110 IP audio and video workflows.
- Strong IT skills as applicable to typical media production engineering tasks - Layer 2 and Layer 3 IP networking and standards, IPv4 addressing, multicast routing, PTP, SNMP, and IGMP/PIM.
- Experience with ‘ground up’ system design and system integration.
- Experience in REMI (remote integration) based production environments.
- QC of media signals in a media production environment for noise, compression artifacts, sensor based issues, quantization errors, aliasing, audio/video sync, etc.
Pay & Benefits
At Apple, base pay is one part of our total compensation package and is determined within a range. This provides the opportunity to progress as you grow and develop within a role. The base pay range for this role is between $139,400 and $209,600, and your base pay will depend on your skills, qualifications, experience, and location.
Apple employees also have the opportunity to become an Apple shareholder through participation in Apple’s discretionary employee stock programs. Apple employees are eligible for discretionary restricted stock unit awards, and can purchase Apple stock at a discount if voluntarily participating in Apple’s Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You’ll also receive benefits including: Comprehensive medical and dental coverage, retirement benefits, a range of discounted products and free services, and for formal education related to advancing your career at Apple, reimbursement for certain educational expenses — including tuition. Additionally, this role might be eligible for discretionary bonuses or commission payments as well as relocation. Learn more about Apple Benefits.
Note: Apple benefit, compensation and employee stock programs are subject to eligibility requirements and other terms of the applicable plan or program.
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