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Senior Spectrum Engineer (RSH)

Closing date
13 Jul 2022

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Job Description:

Please apply for this role by midnight, the day prior to expiry.

Team overview

Ofcom’s Spectrum Group []  manages the use of wireless spectrum throughout the UK to ensure that it is used efficiently. As the UK’s communications regulator we make spectrum available for new and innovative services such as next-generation mobile or satellite systems whilst ensuring that existing solutions like Wi-Fi and radio can continue to operate. The Engineering team within Spectrum Group provides high-quality technical modelling, analysis and measurements to inform Ofcom’s spectrum policy and management decisions []. Our skilled Engineering group consists of a wide range of technical experts from varied backgrounds and we benefit from the different perspectives they bring.

Purpose of the Role

The Senior Spectrum Engineer role is an exciting mix of in-depth technical study combined with wider engagement at policy level where your understanding of underlying systems will help ensure a solid basis for new and existing wireless services. The role requires creativity and insight to develop solutions to different scenarios across a wide range of radio communication technologies such as mobile, fixed and satellite. You will work with colleagues throughout the organisation as well as stakeholders across the communications sector.

Through various projects you will develop technical advice on wireless technology and intersystem coexistence, radiowave propagation modelling; interpret what this means for UK spectrum management; and recommend how Ofcom can best balance the interests of stakeholders and consumers through its policy work. Studies can include, for example, developing sophisticated propagation models, performing detailed simulation analysis, researching technical characteristics for emerging wireless technologies, or supporting measurement and trials work.  You will also have the opportunity to represent Ofcom and the UK in national and international technical standards bodies. You will contribute to development of related regulatory policy and your specialist knowledge will be complemented by the ability to translate complex topics to non-technical audiences.

Essential Skills, knowledge and experience

  • Able to grasp and articulate technical and policy issues associated with managing the radio spectrum

  • Expert knowledge in at least one of the following areas; wireless standards and technologies; advanced radiowave propagation modelling; RF interference mechanisms; electrical and electromagnetic compatibility; or complex system level simulation and intersystem coexistence modelling

  • Strong numerical skills, with the ability to analyse varied datasets and extract key trends

  • Interpersonal, oral and written communication skills to convey the context, results and conclusions of technical work to a range of stakeholders

  • Experience working within the wireless telecommunications industry or other technical sector

  • Ability to manage tasks and projects to ensure timely delivery


The successful candidate is likely:

  • To be technically qualified with an engineering or similar degree or possess an equivalent level of experience.

  • Proficient in simulating or planning network performance and systems.

  • Ofcom is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and you will have support towards attaining and maintaining professional registration.

This role is based at our London Riverside House office, and we support hybrid working where possible.

Please provide a CV and a covering letter detailing your interest and how you feel you can contribute to the role.

Ofcom is a forward-thinking, inclusive employer and recognises the value of diversity to truly “make communications work for everyone”. Here at Ofcom, our vision is to ensure people are part of an environment when they can truly strive and be themselves, therefore we aim to recruit from the widest pool of candidates possible – irrespective of social background, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender or disability. We are an organisation that strives to be truly representative of the whole of the UK and our aim is to be an employer of choice for everyone.

We champion flexible working and so wherever possible we support flexible working patterns including job shares.

As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to interview disabled applicants who meets the minimum selection criteria of the role as outlined in the job specification, if applicants would like to be considered under this scheme. We pride ourselves on ensuring all candidates are treated fairly throughout the application and selection process including making our process as accessible as possible. You can find more information on the scheme here.

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Ofcom is the regulator for the communications services that we use and rely on each day.

We make sure people get the best from their broadband, home phone and mobile services, as well as keeping an eye on TV and radio.

We also oversee the universal postal service, which means Royal Mail must deliver and collect letters six days a week, and parcels five days a week, at an affordable and uniform price throughout the UK.

We look after the airwaves used by wireless devices like cordless phones, walkie talkies and even some car keys and doorbells.

We also help to make sure people don’t get scammed and are protected from bad practices. This is particularly important for vulnerable or older people.

Our duties come from Parliament. Our priority is to look after you, and we sometimes do this by promoting competition among companies we regulate.

We provide advice and information to thousands of people each year, through our website and call centre. We register complaints from people and businesses, which helps us to take action against firms when they let their customers down. Parliament has not given us powers to resolve people’s complaints about their broadband, home phone or mobile phone. Instead, these can be considered by alternative ‘dispute resolution’ services.

We also help to make sure people across the UK are satisfied with what they see and hear on TV and radio, and that programmes reflect the audiences they serve. We consider every complaint we receive from viewers and listeners. Often, we investigate further and we sometimes find broadcasters in breach of our rules.

We are independent, and funded by fees paid to us by the companies we regulate.

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