The Emerging Technology team is responsible for Ofcom's approach to emerging and disruptive technology across all of the sectors we regulate directly, or which have relevance to those sectors. These include the mobile, fixed, broadcast, media, gaming, and satellite sectors, as well as our potential future duties in respect of online platforms.
We monitor emerging technologies, analyse their potential impact on our sectors, engage with technologies in pilots and trials, and provide technical input to ensure Ofcom policies and strategies are robust against technological change. Technologies of interest span the entire technology 'stack' from connectivity /access networks through to core and transport networks, cloud, operational systems, user devices and services, distributed computing, and content delivery networks. We disseminate Ofcom's thinking to stakeholders as appropriate and demonstrate Ofcom's technology thought leadership.
Purpose of the Role
We are looking for somebody who will act as an authoritative 'go to' subject expert on the changing landscape of specific areas of technology related change, diffusing relevant insight from Applied Research and experimentation and raising stakeholders' understanding of technological trends.
Requirements of the Role
- Maintain the baseline of current knowledge in areas of technology related change; translate Ofcom strategic priorities into practical recommendations for technical workstream goals; and oversee the development of work packages to meet knowledge priorities through research, experimentation, and demonstration.
- Manage the delivery of research outcomes in partnership with specialist third parties and other policy/functional specialists (e.g. economists, lawyers, data scientists etc.).
- Design and deliver collaborative experimental environments (i.e. test beds and 'sandboxes') to enable projects that: create an evidence base for the application of a technology or combination of initiatives to tackle a particular challenge; explore new technologies that present significant opportunities in areas where existing regulation may be incomplete; and help develop new regulatory mechanisms alongside the development of innovative new business models.
- Lead the design and delivery of complex research projects ranging from desk-based reviews to the delivery of practical experimental and demonstration projects.
- Extend and strengthen external relationships with industry, academic, and public bodies to jointly define and deliver research programmes successfully. Represent and advocate for Ofcom's interests to these stakeholder networks.
- Design and deliver large scale industry and public consultation exercises to capture information and evaluate policy choices in areas of technology or industry driven change.
- Integrate insight from Applied Research into policy development and priority setting.
- Develop briefings and communications for a non-technical audience either for internal discussion or external publication.
- Provide technical or managerial leadership to complex research projects to ensure clarity of purpose, quality of output, and continuous improvement.
Skills, knowledge and experience
- Practical and theoretical appreciation of the technologies, architectural design and deployment of satellite communication systems.
- A background of working in relevant industries, preferably in both the vendor and service provider environments.
- An appreciation of the emerging technology landscape in the satellite communications sector.
- An appreciation of modelling different aspects of satellite communication systems including the integration of both terrestrial and non-terrestrial communication systems.
- The ability to demonstrate how technical or complex concepts can relate to tangible consequences for stakeholders, consumers, and policy areas.
- The ability to present technical work, both verbally and in written form to a wide variety of audiences both internally and externally.
Educated to at least degree level (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering or science subject.