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Chief Operating Officer, News & Current Affairs

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

BBC News is the largest broadcast news operation in the world providing trusted news and analysis to audiences in the UK and internationally. The division's workforce produces output across Network News, English Regions and the World Service Group.

The Chief Operating Officer, News & Current Affairs works to the Director, News & Current Affairs and is responsible for finance, operations, strategy and change management across the BBC’s news and current affairs services, promoting efficiency and simplicity as a platform for creative excellence. 

Role Responsibility

This appointment will oversee all operational elements of the division, including: UK Network TV, Radio and Online, Regional TV, Local Radio and Local Online; World Service, BBC Monitoring and commercially funded World News TV and bbc.com production internationally. Bringing together operations, production management, business, finance and technology activities key responsibilities include:

Strategy and Business Management

  • Supporting the Director and management team in ensuring that BBC News  & Current Affairs  meets its corporate and transformational objectives
  • Providing objective analysis of business performance and  operational, business and technology leadership and support to effectively implement and drive News’ business strategy

Leadership and Change Management

  • Providing transformational change leadership as the business embeds new working practices and key relationships with other divisions within the BBC

Operational Leadership

  • Responsible for over 700 staff across Production Operations, News Production Systems, International Bureaux Management and World Service Transmission & Distribution

Finance & Reporting

  • Oversight and effective management of financial function including compliance, effective risk management, reporting cycles and budgetary management

Resources & Workplace

  • Intelligent buyer of technology and workplace services, managing all technology spend to ensure we deliver value for money and ensuring we use technology in innovative ways to support how we want to work.

The Ideal Candidate

The Chief Operating Officer will be passionate and excited about BBC News & Current Affairs and the content we are producing and to communicate and transmit this enthusiasm.  They will bring the ability to foster constructive and influential working relationships at a senior level, having the experience and gravitas to influence and direct colleagues and peers, without having direct line management authority over them.

Experience & Skills Required

  • Substantial experience of leading change projects at scale in a large and complex matrix environment
  • Ability to lead large multi-disciplinary teams, developing talent and a high-performance culture
  • Substantial experience creating, implementing and monitoring financial plans and budgets
  • Proven track record of managing key governance and regulatory processes to enable the  COO to be the credible representative of the BBC with internal and external stakeholders
  • Awareness of commercial drivers within the news and content making industry
  • Ideally gained extensive experience of working with news teams and a demonstrable understanding of their needs and motivations

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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