Distribution Engineering is a small team of engineers located at Discovery House Chiswick whose responsibilities encompass the aggregation and distribution of linear TV services to affiliate broadcasters across the EMEA global region for Discovery Communications and Discovery Northern Europe, both located at Chiswick Park, Eurosport located at Issy-le-Moulineux Paris, British Eurosport, Feltham, and various subsites in region.
The primary purpose of the position is to support Discovery’s existing compression and encoding platforms, to develop new systems, distribution solutions, to support new service launches and changes. To effectively manage risk and work towards constantly improving service uptime across all associated baseband distribution and monitoring infrastructure at all of Discovery’s properties. In addition, the team provides on-going monitoring and support for services, in close partnership with third party broadcast service providers.
Distribution Engineering’s responsibilities demand that any candidate should to have good interpersonal skills to complement our public responsibilities, where the team interacts directly with customers, other professional teams within Discovery and Eurosport and beyond, where for most, English is not a first language. Good communication ensures the reliable delivery of Discovery brands to numerous affiliate broadcasters to the highest possible standards.
Significant technological changes in the past two years has put TCP/IP network design and management skills, centre stage and has become core to the networks that Distribution engineering manage or utilise. Today it is considered essential for any candidate to have had work experience managing IP networks, and configuring and troubleshooting switches and routers.
Given the 24/7 nature of the Discovery and Eurosport operations, there is an on-call requirement shared across the team, managed by remote access. Overnight and weekend work is occasionally necessary to support projects as required; compensation is usually given in the form of time off in lieu.