SBS Careers – The importance of forward thinking, new ideas and a whole lot of ruthless execution

The importance of forward thinking, new ideas and a whole lot of ruthless execution

"I’m very fortunate to be working with a group of fantastic people who are not only exceptionally competent technicians, but are also absolutely dedicated to SBS’s unique purpose as they create the best possible technology solutions for SBS."

Words by Noel Leslie
Photography by Ashley Marr

“I’m very fortunate to be working with a group of fantastic people who are not only exceptionally competent technicians, but are also absolutely dedicated to SBS’s unique purpose as they create the best possible technology solutions for SBS.”

12 months ago, my team was staring down the barrel of a huge year as we moved to implement the first phase of our organisation-wide media asset management (MAM) system, relaunched our popular SBS OnDemand app, and continued the evolution to an innovative digital cloud-based playout solution of our television channels.

2016 certainly did not disappoint as we managed all of these key projects along with a suite of additional significant activities, not to mention re-launching our youth-focused TV channel SBS 2 as SBS VICELAND toward the end of a busy year.

I’m very fortunate to be working with a group of fantastic people who are not only exceptionally competent technicians, but are also absolutely dedicated to SBS’s unique purpose as they create the best possible technology solutions for SBS. Without this team, the great work completed in 2016 would not have been possible.

A key to the success of the SBS Technology Division is our dedicated Project Management Office (PMO). Providing a full service solution, they ensure that we continue to deliver our business requirements. There are a number of transformational projects happening and the demands on the team are high, so it’s no surprise that the PMO Manager is a critical role in my team. Keeping all of our ducks in a row and our key stakeholders updated is just the tip of the iceberg for this busy position.

With a multi-skilled team of program and project managers, as well as technical and business experts, strong people management and leadership skills are a must for the PMO Manager. If you have hands-on experience leading a technology-focused project management team and are looking for a new challenge, I encourage you to get in touch because we’re looking for the right person to take this function to the cutting edge of technology-focused project management. We are also always on the lookout for excellent candidates especially with IT, media and digital skills and experience.

Delivery is essential. It enables SBS to punch above its weight in a rapidly changing and evolving media landscape. But it’s our strategy that paves the road to our success. Like many others in our business, the high level SBS technology strategy is focused on increasing our agility, innovating with new technologies, whilst maintaining our 24/7 systems and service availability. How this works in practice is what sets us apart. We focus on building deep, mutually beneficial relationships with industry partners to support our business needs.

Gone are the days where each player in the market can sit and wait for the others to lead the way. To achieve our goals and take SBS to our growing audience, we need to be the trend setters, not following the pack. For this reason we’re looking for a strategic, forward thinker to bring together our next innovations.

You’ll have the opportunity to shift the way technology supports SBS, today and into the future, so it’s important that you have a strong background in the media industry, coupled with time spent in professional services consultancy. You’ll be a certified “geek” as you keep your eye on the technology trends here and abroad. Most of all you’ll be ready to take your career to the next level as you step into the ring and get ready for what is likely to be a bumpy but exhilarating ride. Managing a function focussed on strategy and delivery, your remit will encompass the Project Management Office, change and operational excellence resources and it’s imperative that your personality and presence will enable you to work across our unique organisation to achieve value.

For me, 2017 is going to be a year of consolidation with a continued focus on delivery of our transformational initiatives. I look forward to continuing to work with my fabulous team to build on the significant achievements delivered in recent years, and look for new opportunities to change and evolve the way we do things. I’m keen to continue to offer great people an opportunity to make their mark on the Australian media landscape at one of the world’s most unique broadcasters.

SBS is more than a job for me, it’s a passion. If you’d like to make it your passion, why not get in touch, and follow our LinkedIn corporate profile.