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Assistant Project Manager - BBC News (Agile)

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Job Introduction

We’re looking for someone to join a fantastic team of Project Managers at BBC News in London, to help in the successful delivery of several exciting projects.

BBC News delivers impartial news to hundreds of millions of readers all over the world. Our main English language news website is as visited as Twitter and we have 42 other World Service language news sites on top of this. We work in agile, flexible teams and have an exciting roadmap for future development.

Now is a great time to join us as we continue to grow our international audience, and make our product in the UK more engaging for the whole of the country. If you want to help bring unbiased high-quality news to hundreds of millions more people, all around the world, then join our mission to do so by applying now.

Role Responsibility

This role will be as an Assistant Project Manager and you will be involved in assisting the other Project Managers in running their projects, as well as taking on management of small projects of your own as they become available.

In this role, you will be working closely with Agile teams, including developers, designers and Product Owners, to ensure the delivery of product improvements, help improve processes, and play a big part in helping News support the BBC’s digital aims.

  • Helping to ensure projects are run on time, either alongside other Project Managers, or independently.
  • Planning and tracking the progress of projects.
  • Ensuring regular reporting is carried out, communicating project status and accurately writing up and tracking any risks and issues as they arise.
  • Deal with problems, manage resolutions, corrective actions and lessons learned.
  • Applying appropriate project management methods and tools where appropriate to support project delivery.
  • Operating within an Agile project methodology for the delivery of projects.

Are you the right candidate?

If you’re ready to take your Project Management skills to the next level and you relish the challenge of working in an agile, creative and innovative environment, this is the ideal role for you.

Ideally you will have some of the following experience and skills to bring to the role:

  • Experience carrying out at least 2 small projects independently or in a small team, participating in all phases.
  • Have a good working knowledge of Agile methodologies (e.g. Scrum or Kanban).
  • Have good communication skills (verbal, written, listening), inter-personal and influencing skills.
  • Ability to manage time, prioritise tasks and work to deadlines.
  • Some experience using MS Project or similar planning tools, JIRA or similar issue tracking systems would be desirable but is not essential.
  • A recognised project management qualification (e.g. PRINCE2, APM to foundation levels) or Scrum Certification from the Scrum Alliance would be desirable but is not essential

Package Description

  • Based: London
  • Salary Band C
  • 12 Month Fixed Term / Attachment 
  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and responsibilities, and to work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house training Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a comprehensive salary package, a flexible 20-35 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.

We encourage flexible working, although it may not be possible for every role. There is no obligation to raise flexible working or part time requests 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. 

About the BBC

D+E offers a wide range of stretching, creative and impactful careers for talented people. We are the team that’s building the future of the BBC, whilst delivering TV, radio and online services to millions of people worldwide every day.

As well as being the people behind iPlayer and the News, Sports and Children’s services, we develop, support and maintain the systems and infrastructure that keeps the BBC on air and are responsible for the biggest British-run digital service in the world. In D+E, you’ll be working on unique challenges, hand in hand with the best creative minds in the UK and alongside one of the world's leading production and distribution companies (BBC Studios).

We offer challenging work but with the time to think and do things right. We uphold a 100 year history of invention and innovation in the BBC by welcoming and developing people of all backgrounds. 

Diversity matters at the BBC.  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. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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


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