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Production Executive, Kids 2020 - BBC Children's

Job Introduction

BBC Children’s is the home of the UK’s two most popular children’s TV channels, CBeebies and CBBC - not to mention two websites, eight apps (and counting), children’s radio content, two YouTube channels and more.

As set out in the annual corporate objectives, young audiences are a strategic priority for the BBC and their media consumption behaviour is changing rapidly thanks to the digital world they are growing up in. 

BBC Children’s has a new editorial and commercial strategy called ‘Kids 2020’, which sets out many of the objectives for the department over the next 3 years and beyond.  This strategy now needs to be implemented, monitored and reported against.

In addition the children’s media sector faces changes brought about by the new BBC Charter & Agreement– such as a new contestable fund and the loss of the in-house guarantee for BBC Children’s.  As a consequence the department will be going through a series of significant transformations, which taken together require ongoing central management and co-ordination.

The Children’s senior management team therefore needs a dedicated role to manage these transitions to new ways of working in the department, and to ensure their continued successful operation.

Role Responsibility

As Production Executive (Kids 2020) you will work alongside the Channel Management, Scheduling and Commercial and Business Affairs teams in Children’s and have a broad portfolio:

You will be responsible for the project management for Kids 2020 - the scope of this project is large and covers not just the Children’s department but reaches across other parts of the BBC.

You will oversee workstreams linking Digital, Business, Audiences & Marketing, and Editorial teams; manage a timetabled resource plan; manage documentation; report back across the project to the Children’s SMT; and manage communications to the wider department.

Another area you will be responsible for as Production Executive will be Presentation.

 Working with the Head of Business Operations and Channel Management team you will deliver the creation and ongoing operation of a ‘level playing field’ across in-house and indie commissioning, including the management of commercial tender processes.

You will work with the other  Production Execs across Children’s seeking to continually provide increased value to the audience by reviewing production processes and shaping and implementing improved ways of working.

You will deputise for the Head of Business Operations as required.

 You will provide professional advice and guidance based on expert production and project management skills, knowledge and experience.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have advanced project management skills. Proven experience of delivering portfolios of projects including complex projects; professional training eg APM Project Management qualification is desirable.

Strong stakeholder management skills, both internal and external to the BBC are essential for this role.

You will have experience of forward planning and operational day-to-day management of people and resources.

You will have demonstrable experience of leading and driving significant change in a complex environment and of implementing strategy and contributing to its development.

Strong negotiating skills are essential for this role – you will be able to influence management and negotiate deals and contracts.

Knowledge of commissioning and green light procedures is required in order to lead and manage the processes for the area, ensuring resources and editorial aspirations are aligned.

Considerable experience of production and production management across a range of output or genres and/or of managing a significant portfolio of productions is also desirable.

You will also have significant knowledge of television and interactive production with a level of technical understanding.

Package Description

Contract type: Continuing - Full time                                               Location: MediaCityUK, Salford
Grade: 10
Proposed band: E

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.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 

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