Assistant Editor

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

Job Introduction

From the Ulster Championship, to success for the women’s international football team, from Friday nights at Kingspan Stadium, to the world’s fastest motorcycle road race, BBC Sport NI is at the heart of sport in Northern Ireland.

BBC Sport NI delivers hundreds of hours of content each year across TV, Digital and Radio and has some of the most creative and hardworking staff in the industry. 

The BBC Sport NI website is the most popular service of its type in Northern Ireland and regularly attracts more than one million users a week. The site provides the latest news, interviews, features and analysis from across the sporting world and is increasingly a destination for live sports streaming.

Aligned to the website, BBC Sport NI has more that 600,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These accounts give BBC Sport NI the opportunity to reach out to younger audiences to deliver core sports news and coverage in a more conversational and interactive way.

Role Responsibility

We are recruiting for a person who can provide editorial direction and creative leadership to BBC Sport NI online. This is a key role in BBC Sport NI, and you will be responsible for everything from setting our sports news agenda online to managing our creative output across social media.

You will lead a team that keeps the audience informed of the very latest sports news, work out how best to cover major live events, take part in online conversations around the biggest talking points and direct staff to use digital channels to promote the best of what BBC Sport NI has to offer across television, radio and online.

With BBC Sport NI’s young audience targets and evolving content mix, the person in this role will be responsible for making sure that all content published hits our strategic aims.

The position will require a strong collaborative approach to multi-platform working to help maximise content opportunities for our audiences, as well as strong line management skills to manage a team of staff.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone with editorial experience in a sports news environment. The ideal candidate will have considerable experience of leading and developing high-impact online content, and a clear understanding of how to optimise the different options available on digital, from text, to video and social media output.

You will have a strong knowledge of sport in Northern Ireland and have demonstrable experience of applying a combination of sound editorial judgement and data insight to schedule the delivery of content in the best way.

An ability to manage the performance of editorial and social media production teams is a must and you will have experience of applying managerial skills, including managing performance, setting objectives and providing constructive feedback. 

You will have examples of how you have led positive change in a digital environment, and you will be able to demonstrate how you work collaboratively to achieve broader organisational or departmental goals.

Package Description

Band: E 
Contract type: Continuing 
Location: Belfast

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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