Bureau Manager, Dar es Salaam

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

Job Introduction

International News is at the heart of the BBC. BBC News Group employs approximately 1,500 staff in 74 news bureaux around the world. We provide multimedia services to a global weekly audience of over 350 million, in English and 42 languages around the clock, every day of the year. The bureaux react to breaking news, provide news updates and analysis and produce live programme and online output. In a highly competitive market, delivering to both UK Licence Fee payers and commercial partners, BBC News services must be reliable and consistent and continue to meet the high standards expected by our audiences.

We are recruiting a Bureau Manager in Dar es Salaam, this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced manager to join the team in Tanzania.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the International Manager Africa, you will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Dar es Salaam Bureau finances and administration.

The key task of this role is to provide efficient functioning of the office (administration, technology, staffing, business relationships and other aspects that may be required for the smooth day-to-day operation), and to give reliable support to the editorial activity of the Dar es Salaam Bureau by supervising these areas for all divisions, in compliance with the strategic priorities of all parts of the business. You will have to work with the International Operations and International Bureau Finance (IBF) teams, as well as local suppliers where necessary. You will be responsible for financial control, the administration of strategic initiatives, and best practice in the Dar es Salaam bureau. This will involve oversight of the preparation of timely, accurate and relevant financial information relating to the Dar es Salaam bureau as well as to partnerships.

You will be responsible for timely and effective day-to-day co-operation between the Bureau and the relevant authorities in Dar es Salaam, ensuring best practice in the BBC’s compliance with local regulations governing such areas as financial, tax, media and employment law.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Fluent spoken and written English and Swahili; excellent communications skills and ability to manage remote communication effectively.
  • Experience of supporting and delivering to strategic objectives.
  • Sound book keeping experience: working with budgets; preparing financial reports; advising managers of cost issues; good working knowledge of SAP and/or relevant accounting software.
  • Thorough knowledge of local tax, commercial, media, labour and safety legislation.
  • Experience of managing and motivating a team; strong personal skills and confidence in communicating with people at all levels and from different backgrounds.
  • Experience of stakeholder and crisis management.
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills, with demonstrated experience of negotiating contracts with external suppliers and partners.
  • Demonstrated experience of introducing new, flexible and efficient working practices.
  • Demonstrable ability to handle pressure, meet tight deadlines; to prioritise work and to confidently delegate authority; to manage several projects at the same time.
  • Excellent IT skills, with advanced knowledge of and programmes such as Excel, Word and Outlook, as well as the ability to become proficient in internal BBC technology systems.
  • A lively interest in the broadcast news, online news and wider media environment and appreciation of the particular demands it may place on financial and administrative work.
  • A knowledge of Tanzanian media scene and future trends; sensitivity to and awareness of the role of international broadcasters in Tanzania.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised in a busy and pressurised environment.
  • Good working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures.

Package Description

Continuing contract

Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Tanzania.

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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