Business Advisor (Continuing Drama Series)

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Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Studios Drama Production makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as EastEnders, Holby City, Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, River City & Doctors to Birmingham Drama Series and Serials such as Father Brown and Shakespeare & Hathaway.

Working across Scripted Continuing Dramas and Birmingham Drama Series, the Business Advisor reports to the Business Partner and is responsible for building teams and retaining the very best mix of diverse creative talent ensuring teams are brought together on each production with the appropriate skills and experience.

Role Responsibility

  • To ensure that the BBC Continuing Dramas and Birmingham Drama Series have the best workforce mix of staff and freelancers  so that they continue to make creatively stand-out content which reflects the diversity of the audience.
  • To have a  detailed knowledge of the Drama talent market.
  • To maintain a highly engaged pool of  talent by working with productions to ensure key internal talent is developed and progressed.
  • To understand the skills and talent of internal staff so they are utilised efficiently and effectively.
  • To be expert in negotiating deals with key Editorial and Production talent and their agents.
  • To own the day-to-day relationships with stakeholders on the  Continuing Dramas and Birmingham Drama Series offering advice, experience & insight to the Editorial/ Production teams on resources and team structure.
  • Proactively share updates with internal stakeholders (Head of Production, Business Partner,  Production Executives, Exec Producers, Series Producers, Producers, Line Producers, Accountants etc).
  • To be experts on their productions including but not limited to: in depth knowledge of scripted production, union agreements including DUK agreement, minimum rates including London living wage & managing how they are applied, IR35 freelance issues, managing continuity, diversity.
  • To work closely with Talent Executives to understand and share knowledge about the external talent market and develop new talent across their productions and act as the hiring manager for the productions
  • To work with productions and HR as appropriate to ensure any issues with engaged talent are identified and managed.
  • To support approval processes and business cases working closely with the Productions, Senior Resourcing Advisors and HR.
  • To be instrumental in identifying talent shortages and training and development needs.
  • To be instrumental in building a more diverse talent workforce on the CDS and Birmingham Drama Series.

The Ideal Candidate

  • A passion for TV drama with a keen interest in Continuing Dramas.
  • Experience of working on continuing drama productions, with excellent knowledge of production processes
  • Experience of managing & developing production and editorial talent.
  • Proven track record of recruiting and attracting talent.
  • Good knowledge of Genre talent pool.
  • Excellent communication and inter-personal skills with a good understanding of customer requirements.
  • Experience of meeting deadlines and operating successfully in a fast paced, constantly changing, production environment.
  • Experience of negotiating contracts for PAYE staff and freelancers.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Continuing Contract
Location: London, please be advised that regular travel outside London will be required

**A generic job description is attached.  Please refer to the advert for the specific skills and experience required for this role**

  • 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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to


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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