Assistant Producer Talent Pool - Science Unit, BBC Studios

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Job Introduction

The Science Unit in BBC Studios in London and Glasgow is opening up opportunities for experienced Assistant Producers to join their talent pool. Successful applicants in the pool will be put forward as a priority for suitable work opportunities as and when they arise throughout the year.  Appointment to the pool will not entitle candidates to permanent contracts in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.

Interviews are expected to take place online in June.

The Science Unit produces a huge range of bold and trail-blazing content.  From blue-chip landmark series to drama-documentary and popular consumer health programming, we use quality journalism, innovation and the latest technology to make complex scientific ideas accessible to audiences across the globe. We supply content to a range of broadcasters and platforms including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, PBS, Netflix and Youtube. Recent output includes; The Surgeon’s Cut for Netflix, landmark series The Planets, the critically acclaimed 8 Days: To the Moon and Back as well as the multi-award winning Science strand Horizon.

Role Responsibility

The Assistant Producer will need to be highly creative and organised with excellent storytelling skills, visual flair, and the ability to take an innovative and imaginative approach to help deliver outstanding content as well as engaging diverse audiences. They will have a clear and committed understanding of the constraints of the budget, health and safety as well as being an excellent team player.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A keen interest in the types of programmes that we produce
  • Evidence of substantial experience at Assistant Producer level
  • Experience of setting up shoots in the UK and internationally
  • Location experience
  • Attention to detail and factual accuracy is essential
  • Good understanding of production Health and Safety issues
  • Proven experience of working within programme budgets
  • Evidence of visual flair and strong storytelling
  • The ability to work well in teams, sharing information and knowledge and working closely with other team members
  • Ability to self-shoot  is desirable but not essential


If you would like to apply please upload a cv.  Could you also please write in no more than 500 words, a critique of a programme you have enjoyed watching recently.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Fixed Term 
Location: London and Glasgow

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


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.

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

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