International News is at the heart of the BBC. BBC News Group employs approximately 1100 staff in 98 international bureaux. It provides multimedia services to a global weekly audience of over 250 million in English and 27 other languages around the clock, every day of the year. Our bureaux react to breaking news, provide news updates and analysis and produce live programme output. In a highly competitive market, delivering to both UK Licence Fee payers and commercial partners, BBC News services must be reliable and consistent.
This role will need you to understand the priorities of all parts of our operations and to manage the finances and administration of the bureau accordingly. You will ensure that BBC News is compliant in South Africa in financial, human resource and administrative areas. You’ll also be a single point of contact for London on those issues and advise on levels of risk; to keep the IBM and IBF teams in London informed of problems or changes, along with working with the stakeholders to resolve challenges as they arise. This position will expect you to supervise financial operations, supervise preparation and presentation of data for tax submissions as well as supervise HR operations and associated paperwork. You will also take responsibility for the line management of a small group of technology support, fleet management and reception staff, coupled with assisting correspondents and other bureau staff in the logistical management of coverage, with a view to making it as cost effective and safe as possible.
The Ideal Candidate
This position will require you to have fluent spoken and written English skills, excellent communication skills and the ability to manage remote communication effectively. You will have experience of supporting and delivering to strategic objectives, of sound book keeping and a thorough knowledge of local tax and commercial, media, labour and safety legislation. You’ll have previously managed and motivated a team, have had experience of stakeholder management and have excellent negotiating and influencing skills. You will be flexible, diplomatic but also able to challenge decisions – whether of expenditure or procedure - robustly. This role will need you to confidently delegate where appropriate; to manage several projects at the same time and have excellent IT skills, with advanced knowledge of programmes such as Excel, Word and Outlook. You will also have a lively interest in broadcast and digital news and the wider media environment, coupled with a knowledge of the Southern Africa media scene and future trends.
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