Assistant Production Accountant

Job Introduction

The BBC is currently recruiting an Assistant Production Accountants to join the Production Accounting team in Bristol on a 24 month contract supporting our Natural History Unit. 

The BBC is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain. It is a public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded by the licence fee that is paid by UK households. The BBC uses the income from the licence fee to provide services including 8 national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive website,

The Production Accounting team operates within the production community to ensure that production budgets are effectively managed and appropriate controls are in place to reduce risk.

Role Responsibility

As the Assistant Production Accountant, you will be responsible for cost management, maintaining and monitoring the purchase and manual order log, ensuring all transactions are entered accurately in the appropriate accounting system and resolving any supplier queries.

You will ensure that the BBC’s Purchasing/Procurement guidelines are adhered to on the production and will liaise with the Procurement department to progress any out of scope purchasing.

You will undertake a range of accounting and reporting tasks, recording transactions in the production’s books of prime entry and general ledger and assisting in the preparation of weekly cost reports. The role will also require you to review production records to monitor the overall cost control of the production and will assist as appropriate in the preparation of filing tax and NI returns.

Where necessary, you will also assist in operating the production bank accounts in any currency, to include the handling and disbursement of cash to cover agreed expenditure through the bank account and will prepare weekly finance and expenditure reports and produce regular bank and petty cash reconciliation.

The Ideal Candidate

You will demonstrate practical experience in a TV Production environment, preferably with prior exposure to cost management and general ledger accounting. The role demands excellent communication skills and you will possess the ability to interact effectively with non-finance stakeholders across various disciplines from Production staff through to Procurement. Excellent attention to detail and a high standard of computer literacy will be expected from all applicants.

Package Description

Band: B 
Contract type: 24 month fixed-term contract or attachment 
Location: Bristol 

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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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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