BBC Studios Head of Talent - Factual Entertainment & Events and Entertainment & Music

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Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity to join the BBC Studios Resourcing & Talent team as the Head of Talent supporting the Factual Entertainment & Events and the Entertainment & Music genres for BBC Studios.

Factual Entertainment & Events is where we create Top Gear, Dragons Den, Amazing Hotels, Gardener’s World and ceremonial events such as the Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Wedding or a commemoration for Remembrance weekend.

Apart from being the home of the Nation’s favourite, Strictly Come Dancing, Entertainment & Music  produce shows such as I Like the Way U Move, Mastermind, Question of Sport, Later with Jools Holland, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, BBC Young Dancer, Glastonbury, Hootenanny, The National Lottery Awards, The Proms and many more.

Role Responsibility

Core to the success of these genres is our ability to re-energise the organisation with fresh and diverse talent and new perspectives. The Resourcing & Talent team are responsible for delivering hiring from end to end, ensuring we attract, engage and select the broadest range of talent and continue to grow BBC Studios reputation as an employer of choice for all. Genre aligned and embedded in the businesses they support, the Studios Resourcing & Talent team work closely with Managers and HR colleagues leading talent acquisition across all types of hiring from freelance to continuing staff roles.

Having the right people in place at the right time is key to our continued success and as Head of Talent for Factual Entertainment & Events and Entertainment & Music, your role is critical in making this happen. You will lead on all aspects of hiring, manage a highly skilled team and work closely with your colleagues across Resourcing & Talent and the wider HR team on talent strategy to support the wider people agenda for the genres. In addition an important aspect of your role is the accountability to manage senior hiring, identifying and leading on talent identification for key roles within those genres.

The Ideal Candidate

You will bring deep knowledge of the external production market, ideally across Factual Entertainment  and/or Entertainment & Music.  You will have either operated within a Senior Talent role within another broadcaster/independent production company, or have proven experience in finding and growing  a broad range of talent within a role in production.

You will ideally bring with you a strong network of talent and be passionate about attracting and engaging all talent, but particularly talent from underrepresented communities.

You will have experience in managing a team who are geographically dispersed and bring strong people management and communication skills.

You will have a have experience in setting talent agendas, and will have experience in effectively building and maintaining relationships with senior stakeholders.

This role is fast paced so you will be flexible in approach and able to prioritise effectively.


Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Continuing 
Location: BBC Studios base - Television Centre, London, W12

At BBC Studios we have a range of roles and workplaces; production sets, our offices, our homes, on-the-go. Under our Hybrid Working model, where you work will depend on your role. The majority of our staff work in an agile way, balancing their time between home (or another location) and a BBC Studios base, as best suits their role and personal preferences.

In addition, we are happy to discuss any formal flexible working needs. 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.

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on with ref: BBC/TP/871309/57023 in the subject.

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  • 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.

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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