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Archivist, BBC Wales

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

Job Introduction

The purpose of this role is to support the delivery of BBC Archives strategy through a range of activities such as building archive collections, ensuring compliance with archive deliverables by production, assessing legacy content, and applying deep knowledge of and expertise in our unique collections.

Archivists provide high quality services to our users that present and showcase Archive content increasingly via digital delivery. The role requires using search skills and emerging analytic tools to enable the curation of digital assets across multiple platforms. Archivists work too with mostly non-digital collections delivering specialist services. Working as part of a team, as well as independently, Archivists interact with a range of customers and user communities, both BBC and externally. 

Role Responsibility

The role is part of BBC Wales’ Information & Archives team which has broadly similar aims and objectives to BBC Archives.  Policies are also broadly similar but are tailored to reflect the needs of BBC Wales output. The BBC Wales Sport Archivsts are embedded within the BBC Wales Sport production teams.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • Adding suitable metadata to BBC Wales sport output (current + digitized legacy) to aid effective search and reuse
  • Selecting BBC Wales sport content for long term retention in line with agreed policy
  • Ensuring selected content is archived effectively using appropriate digital systems
  • Selecting BBC Wales sport content for deletion in line with agreed policy and production team requirements
  • Supporting BBC Wales sport content production teams on BBC Wales and S4C platforms
  • Supporting BBC Wales archive external enquiries for sport content



Are you the right candidate?

Our ideal candidate would have a higher education qualification in Archives, Records or Information management; or experience of working in Broadcast and Media Content Management. You must have experience of working under pressure, flexibly and to tight deadlines. You will be required to work at weekends and/or late evenings on a rota basis during the sport season.

Experience of working as part of a customer-focused team, coupled with the ability to work independently is essential as well as possessing good communication and negotiation skills, and the ability to successfully manage relationships within an archive or production environment.

A good appreciation or knowledge of databases and computer software packages (in particular, Microsoft Excel) and their application to information services is also desirable.

Package Description

Archivist, BBC Wales 

Contract: 7 months FTC / attachment 

Base: Cardiff 

Band: B


For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

(d) Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

The BBC recognises that flexible working can benefit both the employee and the BBC as it can create a range of employment opportunities to suit both changing operational needs and the needs of individuals.  We will, therefore, consider flexible working requests for this vacancy.   Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application.

Our culture embraces people’s diverse perspectives and creates a positive environment where everyone belongs. At the BBC we are committed to reflecting and representing the diversity of the UK.   


About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very 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 redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk. 


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