Filcro Media Staffing reporting to TV Network CEO and VP Engineering
TV Network - #1 DMA
Search | Chief Engineer
Based | New York, NY
Executive Search Firm | Filcro Media Staffing
Officer in Charge | Tony Filson
Recruitment Group | Broadcasting Technology
Client | TV Network
TV Network Situation
The TV Network was about to build-out a new BO&E and production / post facility to augment and optimize their three current facilities in separate locations. A Chief Engineer capable of transitioning and building out the new facility while maintaining broadcast operations would be essential.
This Chief Engineer would also have to hire and manage the broadcast IT infrastructure, transmission and production / post personnel to bring the new facility to fruition. Functioning at times as a project manager this Chief Engineer would also work with every vendor and internal client having an interest in the new facility, assuring that current and future technology could coexist until the new backbone, transmission, IT and production facilities could be brought online.
Particular IT, traffic, LAN/WAN/SAN, CMS and production / post needs presented challenges and the training of current staff and the hiring of new engineering personnel would be essential. A history of mentoring staff and creating a healthy work environment would be mandatory for this Chief Engineer to succeed.
The TV Network had experienced turnover above the industry mean and Filcro Media Staffing was brought in to recruit a Chief Engineer who could express the continuity the Network was seeking in this vital area.
Industry and Sector inclusion
- Broadcast Television - Networks, Station Groups & Stations
- Cable Television Networks
- MSO - Multi-System Operators
- Technology and Media Conglomerates
- Technology Vendors to the Broadcasting Industry
The Recruitment Solution
Filcro Media Staffing proceeded to Identify and recruit Chief Engineers, Broadcast Engineers and Managers / Directors of Broadcast Engineering and Operations from the surrounding geographics and moving outwards, within the appropriate salary range.
Based on Filcro Media Staffing’s experience with similar broadcast engineering and Chief Engineer searches there were challenges presented based on the Network budget and identifying Chief Engineers with the management, longevity and component level acumen for the compensation being offered, based on internal parity issues.
With the exception of one candidate, all the Chief Engineers identified were from the New York Metropolitan area. None of them were currently seeking employment and it was necessary to recruit them directly through contacts of the firm from similar Chief Engineering searches.
Filcro Media Staffing drew from (39) distinct environments based on BO&E structure, geographics, affiliate distribution, staff supervised, compensation, IT acumen and the related production / post facilities from prior broadcast engineering executive searches.
With a set schedule and parts of the project already underway, there was a sense of urgency that Filcro Media Staffing adhered to working with busy broadcasting executives and their internal Network clients.
Filcro identified a Chief Engineer who was exceptionally qualified ready to accept and made the transition with a few weeks notice. Chief Engineers are in high demand and once presented it is always essential that a client company be prepared to move forward. In some instances based on the complexity of and NOC and the BO&E infrastructure there could only be a handful of qualified engineers in the U.S. for some senior level positions. At every phase of the search, Filcro Media Staffing had contingencies to assure that the Networks’ technology goals would be met by tiered Chief Engineers offering the client choices based on market conditions if required.
Successful Chief Engineer Identified
The Chief Engineer recruited by Filcro Media Staffing was from one of the largest and most respected broadcasters in the world.
His broad experience with NOC engineering management, technology evaluation, content security, as a noted BO&E Subject matter expert, vendor relationship management, RFI / RFP generation and evaluation and liaison to executive management made him uniquely qualified to build-out the advanced facility and the support required.
Having worked with primary design and project management for multiple core Network system upgrades, replacements and rebuilds and core IT replacements the new Chief Engineer had specific “current” experience relevant to the Networks’ immediate needs. He also built the headend distribution system replacement, watermarking upgrades, playout automation replacement and media server systems replacements while managing all support and engineering staff vital to each function.
Recruiting a Chief Engineer who had Network level experience and also as a prior PM for SD/HD conversions and the production / post IT infrastructure, gave him a distinct advantage in being able to hit the ground running with outside vendors and new providers of backbone.
Living within commuting distance of the NOC was an added plus. Everyone knows the 24/7 commitment taken on as a Chief Engineer in any DMA, never mind the #1DMA in the country.
Summary of The TV Chief Engineer Search
The Chief Engineer was successfully identified, recruited and attracted starting within weeks of receiving a formal offer.
To date he is performing well, building an Esprit de Corps with his staff and meeting the deadlines set for the new facility.
The CEO, Vice President of Technology and the Director of Human Resources all busy executives, worked diligently during the search to make themselves available during the final phases of the vetting process.
Filcro Media Staffing’s broadcast technology recruitment acumen assured that the contingencies required to assure the success of this search for a Chief Engineer were all in place to meet the needs of the TV Network.
Filcro Media Staffing
Media And Broadcasting Executive Search
Specialized Broadcast Engineering Media Recruitment for the Media and Broadcasting Industries Since 1985