BBC Senior Leadership Programme, in association with Clore Leadership

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

Job Introduction

As announced by the Director-General this summer, the BBC is offering six places on the ‘BBC Senior Leadership Programme: Executive Level in association with ‘The Clore Leadership Programme’ - specifically for talented leaders from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.

This programme is part of the BBC’s commitment to support the development of people from BAME backgrounds and to encourage their participation in the senior leadership of the broadcast industry.

Role Responsibility

Executive Level Development:

For candidates working within and outside the BBC.

We are offering six places on the ‘BBC Senior Leadership Programme in association with Clore Leadership’ -  a 12 month training and development programme, starting in January 2015, for talented individuals with some leadership experience and who have a demonstrable reputation for creativity, vision, strategic thinking, collaboration and the potential to progress to senior leader level.  

Successful candidates will:

  • undertake a 12 month training placement with one of the BBC’s board members: Tim Davie (CEO, BBCW), James Purnell (Director, Strategy and Digital), Anne Bulford (Director, Finance and Business), Danny Cohen (Director, TV), James Harding (Director, News) or Tony Hall (Director-General); and
  • receive personalised leadership development through participation in The Clore Leadership Short Course/or Fellowship Programme and the BBC’s College of Leadership courses.

NB. This is a full-time development programme and a training allowance will be provided that will reflect the level of commitment that the programme requires.

In addition to this, two of the six candidates will be offered a Clore Fellowship in 2015/16. This will include further training of up to seven months, including a three month training placement in a UK organisation very different from the BBC. 

(Internal candidates please apply using the BBC internal careers site)

Are you the right candidate?

Successful candidates will:

  • be from a Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic background;
  • have demonstrable experience leading projects or teams, either within an organisation or working independently. At the BBC, this means leaders who are at grade 9 and above.  People at this grade will have some experience of leadership in managing teams and/or complex projects in roles such as Editor, Series Producer or Business Partner.
  • be able to share examples of using a collaborative approach to leadership and decision-making;
  • demonstrate their ability to think analytically in order to make effective decisions;
  • be able to share examples of their commitment to both self-development and the development of others;
  • will be able to demonstrate their ability to influence and persuade people to drive a project or a team forward; and
  • be able to demonstrate how they use creativity to change/drive a project or team.


Placements Available:

All candidates are being assessed for a place on the BBC Senior Leadership programme in association with Clore  Leadership and their potential with regards to placements. As such successful candidates may be invited for interview for any one of the placements on offer. For a brief synopsis of the placements on offer please click on the relevant uploaded placement descriptions.

All candidates for the BBC Senior Leadership Development Programme in association with Clore Leadership – Executive Level are expected to have some understanding of the BBC’s strategic aims and ambitions along with an appreciation of changing technology and working practices across the broadcasting industry and will be assessed for ability and/or potential in the following BBC & Clore Leadership criteria:

  • Leadership and decision making - ability and/or potential to appreciate of how to make things happen and importance of focus on the project/programme delivery. Builds a climate of trust with project or programme teams and all other stakeholders.
  • Providing direction through change - ability and/or potential to be open to change and responds flexibly to new challenges, ability to provide momentum when driving change and involve others in building plans for change.
  • Strategic thinking - ability and/or potential  to identify a vision along with the plans which need to be implemented to meet the end goal, and evaluate situations, decisions and issues in the short, medium and long term.
  • Communication - ability and/or potential to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information.
  • Influencing and persuading - ability and/or potential to present sound and well-reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change.
  • Creative Thinking - ability and/or potential to transform creative ideas into practical reality. Can look at existing situations and problems in novel ways and come up with creative solutions.
  • Analytical thinking - ability and/or potential to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts, explore and evaluate them systematically. Is able to understand commercial imperatives and trading relationships.
  • Planning and organising - ability and/or potential to think ahead in order to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking account all relevant issues and factors such as deadlines, staffing and resource requirements
  • Managing relationships and working with authority - ability and/or potential to build and maintain effective relationships with a range of people understanding their needs and goals; respecting and understanding the diversity of audiences and workforces in the broadcast industry. Shows sensitivity and tact. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team, as opposed to working separately or competitively.
  • Flexibility - ability and/or potential  to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation change, and to change or accept changes in one’s own organisation or requirements.
  • Resilience - ability and/or potential to manage personal effectiveness by managing emotions in the face of pressure, set-backs or when dealing with provocative situations. Demonstrates an approach to tasks or problems that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy.


Further Information:

The Senior Leadership Development Programme

This scheme is a development opportunity with departmental placements for a period of 12 months and there is no guarantee of work at the end of the training and development placement.

Training Allowance

This is a training and development programme and as such does not attract a salary; however participants will be provided with an allowance for the duration of their training contract to enable them to participate in this scheme. For candidates outside the BBC the allowance will aim to meet current salary (excluding overtime and other allowances). For candidates inside the BBC, an allowance based on current substantive salary will be provided.

Interview and Assessment

First stage interview/ assessment for this programme will be held between 29th October –7th November  2014.

Final interviews are likely to be held from week beginning 17th November with most taking place week beginning 24th November 2014

Placements are offered with start dates from January 2015.

The Clore Leadership Programme - Fellowships and Short Courses

For more information click here

If selected for the senior leadership programme, candidates will be required to participate in an interview with the Clore Leadership Programme in February/March to decide whether they will be offered a Fellowship or a place on a short course.

If selected for the senior leadership programme, candidates will be required to participate in an interview with the Clore Leadership Programme in February/March to decide whether they will be offered a Fellowship or a place on a short course.

Successful candidates may be offered a place on any one of the following short course sessions

June 2015

Nov 2015

Feb 2016


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