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Assistant Commissioner - Digital

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

Job Introduction

This is a new role working within the Content Division of the BBC.

Our teams commission a wide range of much-loved programmes & content each year across all our channels. Our Commissioning Editors are responsible for both generating and developing bold ground-breaking ideas and working with both BBC Studios (in-House Production) and the Independent Sector to commission content based on a deep understanding of audience needs and the genre.

We’re now looking to hire a new Assistant Commissioner that plays a critical role in delivering the overall digital strategy for the Factual Commissioning genre in the BBC.

Role Responsibility

You will work closely with the Commissioning Editor for Digital, and the wider Factual Commissioning teams, to commission original digital content that works alongside linear programming, ensuring both reach & audience impact for under-served, new & existing audiences across the BBC and 3rd party platforms.

The content you commission will respond to changing audience needs, being discoverable, shareable and distinct. You will take the lead in understanding changes of consumption and demand in our audiences, and sharing that knowledge with the wider commissioning team.

The role will focus primarily on short form & social content, and will bring significant digital media expertise to the commissioning process - helping to identify digital opportunities throughout the commissioning and production cycle with both internal and external partners.

Are you the right candidate?

You will already have significant digital content making experience, and a demonstrable understanding of how it can reach mass audiences in the digital space or substantial experience of content commissioning, and you will have extensive knowledge of all the main social networks and digital platforms.

You will have a strong understanding of evolving audience requirements, and are able to analyse relevant market and audience trends that provide digital intelligence to drive new development opportunities across all platforms.

It is critical to have strong editorial judgment, coupled with the ability to devise and develop new ideas and stimulate creativity in others.

You must have a track-record of realising creative ideas from conception through to commission, working within defined budgets & often challenging deadlines.

In your application please  outline a specific area of digital commissioning for Factual you would like to explore – the types of ideas you’d hope to develop, audience you’d be aiming to reach and platforms this content would be published on. 

Package Description

Grade 9 / Proposed Band D

12 months FTC/attachment

London Based

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 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. 

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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