VP - Engineering and Technical Operations
at Sinclair Broadcast Group

Date Posted: 9/3/2020

Job Description

Sinclair Broadcast Group and its Tennis Channel network have designed, developed and built an all-new, state-of-the-art digital production studio and executive campus in Santa Monica, CA. The VP, Engineering and Technical Operations will be a key senior officer and play a mission critical role in the company’s continuing expansion, with principal responsibility for developing and implementing the new facilities’ technical and operational strategies and their implementation across all broadcast and digital properties in the Greater Los Angeles. The seventy thousand square foot, Gensler designed, ultra-modern workspace will serve as headquarters to SBGTV’s national sports and production operations, including Tennis Channel, The Los Angeles Regional Sports Networks’ (which comprise 43 MLB, NBA and NHL pro teams) Los Angeles Studios, and key national programming for the companies 187 owned broadcast TV stations.

A Snapshot of Your Responsibilities -

  • Interface with SBGTV corporate engineering in determining which technologies will be utilized in our core operations and being accountable for implementing those new technologies.

  • Tennis Channel production produces over 300 live days in the studio, in multiple control rooms, with multiple worldwide feeds.  Engineering support is needed during all productions. 

  • Work closely with Head of Production and his/her team in designing and engineering cutting edge content production and advanced workflow solutions.

  • Introduce/incorporate new technologies which allow Tennis Channel and SBG Sports to produce more content in a more efficient and cost effective manner for all TV and digital platforms, worldwide. 

  • REMI productions and cloud-based remotes are becoming ever more commonplace at Tennis Channel and SBG Sports. The VP in this position needs to be an expert with all aspects of REMI productions, including working with facility providers hired by production.

  • Work closely with local and corporate IT departments to ensure seamless integrations with all broadcast and studio environments particularly as it applies to SMPTE 2110, IPTV, studios, master control, editing, media management and general IT infrastructure.

  • Negotiating, managing and administering various vendor relationships.

  • Interfacing with other executives/senior staff to support Production, AD sales, Traffic and Programming needs and requirements.

  • Management of engineering, transmission, master control, media management staff and freelance personnel.

  • Management of tennis tournament transmission and integration of tournament feeds with production and operations.  Work closely with Head of Production on this.

  • Coordination with SBG Facilities on matters of technology, facility maintenance, utilities and security.

  • Oversight of staff payroll reports and timesheets

  • Oversight and resolving of trouble calls from Tennis Channel/RSN affiliates.

  • Preparation of quotes & proposals for client projects.

  • Formulation and reporting on operating and capital expenditure budgets.

  • Coordination on a wide range of ad hoc issues across all departments.

Level & Role Specific Qualifications

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities

  • 15+ years of experience in the Broadcast/Digital Media industry in a series of increasingly responsible engineering and technology roles. Previous experience as a senior broadcast technical and operations executive is required.

  • Experience with media operations, content assembly and satellite distribution systems.

  • Direct experience in business continuity, crisis planning or related experience.

General Qualifications

  • Extensive technical knowledge of Live Sports Production, Media Supply Chain, and various digital delivery platforms.

  • Strong interpersonal skills combined with a thirst for creative problem solving

  • Track record of  managing and making quick decisions in an agile, fast-paced live sports based environment.

  • Ability to translate and communicate business requirements into operational and technical requirements

Preferred Skills And Experience

  • A team builder and leader, that provides clear structure and managerial oversight.

  • Strong understanding of SMPTE 2110 and related standards and workflows in studio and master control environments.

  • Knowledge of emerging technologies such as 4K, High Dynamic Range, and HDR10+ is a plus

  • Knowledge of industry standards such as Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA) and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE)

  • In-depth understanding of the functionality and use of technologies related to network origination, signal encoding and multiplexing, file‐based content creation and transport

  • Proven leadership ability with large teams

  • Ability to integrate new technology into operation and changes in media delivery including appropriate content development for multiple delivery platforms

  • Strong strategic and analytical skills

  • Requires a strong leader with an ability to direct and motivate the technical and operations staff

  • A technical undergraduate degree with MBA/MS preferred

About You

  • You care about your team and are invested in their success.

  • You value diverse perspectives.

  • You are excited by new technology and its potential to change how things are done.

  • You have an entrepreneur's spirit and foster interdepartmental trust and camaraderie.

  • You have a cloud-first mindset.

  • You seek and foster zero sum growth by embracing constant change through innovation.

  • You like to be a key member of a winning team.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

About Tennis Channel

Tennis Channel is a twenty-four-hour television network, online streaming service and national print magazine circulation dedicated to the sport and its unique lifestyle. The tennis-media hub is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. Tennis Channel is carried nationwide by every one of the top ten pay-TV service providers.

About Sinclair

Make your mark in media with Sinclair Broadcast Group, a diversified media company dedicated to connecting people with content everywhere! We have consistently led the broadcast industry since our inception, and now Sinclair owns the largest regional sports network business and one of the largest television broadcast portfolios in the country. In addition, we have affiliations with all of the major broadcast networks, own Tennis Channel, and several multicast networks including TBD and Comet. Our content is distributed over-the-air, on multi-video providers, and through our industry-leading digital media platforms. We also recently launched a free TV streaming service called STIRR. Our success is the direct result of our extraordinary employees and management team who believe in our vision and are dedicated to ensuring a great future for our employees. We are advancing the world of Media and want YOU to join our winning team!

About the Team

The life-blood of our organization is our people. We have a compelling story, a goal-oriented culture, and we take really good care of people. How good? Here is a glimpse: great benefits, open door policy, upward mobility and a strong desire to see you succeed. Ready to be part of a winning team? Let’s talk.


Job Snapshot

About Us

Sinclair Broadcast Group and Sinclair Digital Solutions are dedicated to making Sinclair a communications powerhouse! We are the largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the country. Sinclair owns and operates, programs or provides services to more television stations than anyone and has affiliations with all major networks. Sinclair Digital group is focused on bringing the most engaging content to web, mobile and over-the-top broadcasting to audiences all over the country! In addition, Sinclair is the leading local news provider in the country, as well as a producer of sports content. Sinclair owns a multicast network, four radio stations and a cable network. Sinclair’s content is delivered via multiple-platforms, including over-the-air, multi-channel video program distributors, and digital platforms. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. was founded in 1986, went public in 1995 and is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol SBGI.

We believe Sinclair Broadcast Group’s people are our most important asset. Our teams make the critical difference in how we perform and their skills, talents and determination separate us from our competitors. Sinclair's success is the result of extraordinary employees and an exemplary management team who believe in a vision and are dedicated ensuring a great future for our employees. We are advancing the world of broadcasting and we need talented, dedicated, ethical professionals to do so. Our teams make the critical difference in how we perform and their skills, talents and determination separate us from our competitors. To be the best, you have to attract the best. This is why we provide opportunity for advancement, a challenging work environment, and a company culture with open communication and teamwork. Whether you are an industry veteran or a just starting out, you can find it at Sinclair!

We also offer excellent compensation and comprehensive benefits, including:

  • Company-sponsored medical/prescription, vision and dental plans
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Company-paid Life and Disability
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Education reimbursement
  • Vacation, Holiday, and PTO
  • And more…