Assistant Producer, Sounds Podcasts

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Job Introduction

BBC Sounds are looking for a bright, creative and passionate Assistant Producer to join the HQ commissioning team behind podcasts like the Peabody Award-winning Have You Heard George’s Podcast?, The Missing Cryptoqueen, James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds, Wheel of Misfortune, Bad People, 1800 Seconds, Go Ask Your Mother, Where is George Gibney? and The YUNGBLUD Podcast.

BBC Sounds is our personalised app and website which brings together the BBC’s music, radio and podcasts all in one place. We launched BBC Sounds just over a year ago and already it has around 3 million weekly users.

BBC Sounds gives us opportunities to curate and commission content in new ways for all of our audiences; and growing BBC Sounds, alongside BBC iPlayer, is a key priority for the BBC. We have ambitious goals, world class commissioning teams, distinctive new audio content, and more innovative product developments still to come. So it’s an exciting time to join the team.

Role Responsibility

The Assistant Producer plays an important role in the commissioning process. You will work closely with the commissioning team to support the development, commissioning, delivery and promotion of podcasts that will be known and loved by 18-34 year old mainstream audiences. You’ll help us decide which podcasts to make for our audiences.

You’ll love podcasts and spot emerging trends and podcast talent that you’ll be excited to tell the rest of the BBC Sounds commissioning team about. You’ll always be thinking about audiences and what they want to hear from the BBC.

You’ll also need to be really well organised and to support the team with essential admin that keeps the show on the road. You’ll need to be a kind, collaborative and well-organised person as the job requires coordination within our team and with lots of other departments.

NB - This is a commissioning role and does not involve making content. 

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will need the following:

  • A deep knowledge of podcasts, especially the podcasts that 18 - 34 year olds in the UK enjoy: what works, what’s flopped, what’s been done a million times, what was a stroke of genius.
  • Experience making or commissioning content primarily for an 18-34 year old audience.
  • Experience working on the production of a podcast and/or radio programme either professionally or independently.
  • Experience pitching and developing podcast ideas.
  • Proven record of being organised and looking after the admin needs of a production or commission.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills and evidence of being collaborative outside of your immediate team.
  • Experience handling confidential and/or controversial information tactfully.
  • Experience coming up with successful strategies to market and grow the audience for a production you worked on.
  • Experience working with BBC software such as Proteus and iBroadcast etc would be a plus but not essential.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 12 month FTC/Attachment 
Location: Salford 

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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