Digital Media Specialist - Access

British Film Institute


Salary: £24,996 - £28,272 per annum

The British Film Institute are seeking a Digital Media Specialist to join their Data & Digital Preservation department on a fixed term basis for 12 months.

We are looking for someone who is able to meet the demands of digital access and preservation of audio visual digital media within the BFI National Archive collections. With experience in technical functions including transcoding, media management, quality control or digital preservation, you will be able to utilise relevant tools to achieve access and preservation requirements meeting agreed standards and deadlines. You will also be able to demonstrate a knowledge of technical equipment relating to access and digital preservation, and alongside relevant colleagues ensure that digital media is well managed.

You will have a vocational qualification, or equivalent experience gained within professional audio visual technology or moving image archives. You will also have experience of working with digital media formats or audio visual technologies and equipment, be able to recognise and diagnose technical problems, and understand the potential issues and challenges of access and digital preservation requirements.

Key responsibilities

  • To provide a range of technical functions on exclusively digital media including transcoding, media management, normalisation, quality control, upload to file transfer solutions, and ingest to the Digital Preservation Infrastructure to meet the BFI National Archive’s digital access, acquisition and preservation objectives
  • Operate all technical equipment relating to performing digital access and digital preservation operations on exclusively digital media, including workstations, transcoding software, Quality Control tools and associated data storage peripherals.
  • To assist with and advise on specifications, quality control and verification processes in collaboration with colleagues, to meet agreed quality standards and deadlines.

Skills & Experience

  • Experience of working with a wide range of digital audiovisual formats, equipment and software
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of relevant digital audiovisual formats including (but not limited to) Digital Cinema Packages, Apple ProRes / Quicktime, DPX and open source FFV1 / Matroska
  • Ability to recognise and diagnose technical problems with digital media and where appropriate deliver first line remedial action
  • Working familiarity with common computer operating systems including Windows, Mac OS or Linux

We support diversity and inclusion, and as an organisation recognise that we need to address under representation within our teams. As such we strongly welcome and encourage applicants from our under-represented groups; who identify as D/deaf and disabled and/or are ethnically diverse.

We guarantee a first interview to our under-represented groups who meet our minimum requirements. How we are doing, including our pay gaps can be found on our website.

We operate a hybrid working model at the BFI. This role requires work 3 day(s) a week / regular work at our hub in Berkhamsted

You will enjoy benefits such as our pension scheme, excellent support for working parents, 25 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.


For further details about the post, and to apply, please visit our website.

First interviews will be held on 01 November 2022

The closing date for this position is 10/10/2022 at 23:59

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