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Assistant Producer, Match of the Day: Can You Kick It? (CBBC)

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

Job Introduction

The BBC is the leading Children's broadcaster in the UK. We are proud of the award winning content we make across all platforms – television, online, radio, apps, YouTube, social media and more.  BBC Children's is committed to offering the best cross-platform and on-demand service for all UK children, providing a trusted environment which is enriching, enabling and relevant to the under 16's. Our content seeks to entertain, inform and empower children, adding real value to their lives

Match of the Day: Can You Kick It returns for a second series. This is an ambitious, football-talent search series and we’re on the lookout for 3 highly skilled assistant producers (2 x Glasgow base, 1 x Salford base) to deliver a rip-roaring second season.

Fronted by Sam and Mark, ably assisted by freestyler John Farnworth, kids are well and truly at the heart of this entertainment show. For the second series, we’re aiming to super-charge the assault course, increase the jeopardy of the competition and entice high profile football talent on-screen, who can deliver amazing training to our kid-contributors in the UK’s finest footballing venues.

Football is a red-hot topic among our viewers; it’s still the most played and talked about sport amongst 7-13 year olds, with skills and drills content racking up millions of views online. We’re proud to carry the Match of the Day branding, with the main series on BBC One ranking as one of the highest Appreciation Index scores amongst our young audience.

We are looking for three experienced APs to work on this CBBC series. The APs will work to the Series Producer to deliver this fun-packed, physical series for our diverse audience. 


Role Responsibility

To work in conjunction with the Series Producer, researchers, production management team, crew and contributors to deliver programmes of the highest quality and demonstrate meticulous planning and organisational skills.   

You will be part of a team who are responsible for uncovering and casting football loving kid-contributors from all areas of the UK. You’ll also be expected to feed into the creative development of the series and able to suggest new features, challenges and multiplatform content that will increase our reach.

We’re looking for AP’s who can form great relationships with internal and external contacts, allowing the production to gain access to big-name footballing talent, training grounds and coaching staff, ensuring our contributors journey through this series is an extra special one.

The successful post holder(s) must use time and resources efficiently in order to achieve maximum productivity within deadlines and budgets, take a thorough and methodical approach to work, whilst being able to respond flexibly to changes.  They must also possess the capability to work on several projects simultaneously, monitoring progress, creating reliable systems for storage and retrieval of information.

Are you the right candidate?

We require (at least) one of these roles to be filled by a strong self-shooter who will be expected to deliver TX quality content throughout the series run. All candidates should also have single camera directing experience.

You will have proven casting experience with the ability to put child contributors at ease in a television environment. Previous experience of working with children is highly desirable along with a knowledge and understanding of the child licensing process and child working hours.

You will have experience of booking high-profile or celebrity guests and have a great track record of gaining access to exclusive locations which add to a programme’s narrative.

A good knowledge and understanding of football is desirable, as is any prior track record of working with football clubs across the UK and Northern Ireland.

You will have experience of generating, directing and filming content (specifically ob-doc and behind the scenes) and have considerable experience and understanding of craft edits and the post-production process.

Some experience of working with, and directing, presenters and contributors on location and in studio is desirable.

Ideally, you’d have experience in an edit, cutting formatted entertainment shows and VT’s, and working collaboratively with a craft editor. The ability to self-edit is also an added bonus.

An understanding of the clearance of all copyright material, (especially those surrounding sport/football archive would be of benefit).

Should have a good knowledge and understanding of the output of BBC Children’s and their competitors as well as knowledge of the children’s audience

Knowledge of BBC editorial guidelines and responsibilities particularly in relation to working with children

Package Description

Band:  Assistant Producer x 3 , Match of the Day: Can You Kick It? (CBBC)

Contract type: Fixed term or attachment 

Location: BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay x 2 and Childrens Salford x 1

Dates: March - September (exact dates tbc)

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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.

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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