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Business Affairs Manager, Factual - Bristol

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios Productions is looking for a Business Affairs Manager to support the Senior Lawyer/Senior Legal and Business Affairs Manager overseeing business affairs activity within the Factual genre. The role is situated in Bristol, however will also support across the London Unscripted Genre as required.

The Business Affairs Manager will act as a senior point of advice and direction to both the Factual business affairs team and the wider Factual production community and will represent the genre at BBC Studios boards or forums as required. You will manage, conduct and oversee a wide range of Legal & Business Affairs activities in accordance with all relevant policies and frameworks.

You will be a pivotal member of the BBC Studios Productions business affairs team in implementing the rights and business strategy. You will build, maintain and manage first class relationships with key external organisations and across BBC Studios Productions and BBC Group

Role Responsibility

The Business Affairs Manager in Factual will support the genre on wide ranging and complex legal and business affairs work. The type of support will be varied, with extensive scope, but the BAM in Factual will specifically be responsible for the following:

Support the Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Head of Business Affairs Factual, Senior Lawyer, Natural History Unit and Senior Legal & Business Affairs Manager, Factual, for the management of issues and legal risk across Factual (escalating as appropriate).

Carry out negotiation and agreement of intricate legal documents and deliver, as needed, effective and efficient framework deals.

Have an awareness of the key framework agreements with the stakeholder organisations representing underlying contributor rights in programmes (e.g. trade unions, collecting societies, trade associations and other representative bodies including Equity, PMA, WGGB, PRS, PPL, D:UK and, ideally, a familiarity with US guild agreements).

Support the Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Head of Business Affairs, Factual, Senior Lawyer, Natural History Unit and Senior Legal & Business Affairs Manager, Factual, including deputising when required.

Propose structures for complex rights and commercial deals, understand and implement strategy, and provide a point of advice to decision makers.

Effectively support with the day-to-day management of a number of other members of the Factual BA Team.

Offer advice and expertise relating to deficit financing arrangements and complex tax and location incentives from a legal point of view.

Determine financial and other resourcing priorities in line with financial and business objectives.

Are you the right candidate?

At BBC Studios, we seek people who are passionate about who we are what we do.

As an accomplished Business Affairs Manager, you will possess a legal qualification and be a minimum of 2 years PQE. You will have a comprehensive understanding of factual business affairs for the television, radio and digital media industry and related BBC policy and strategy (or an ability to acquire the same) including market knowledge. A sound understanding of programme making and the production process and deal making for factual programmes would be advantageous, however you will have had experience in legal, rights and business affairs and have strong negotiating and influencing skills and contracting experience.

Ideally, you will be knowledgeable in third party development and commissioning terms (e.g. Sky, Channel 4, Discovery, Apple, Netflix) and of funding, rights acquisition and distribution issues and commissioning processes in this area. You will be confident at prioritising a broad workload autonomously and unsupervised, referring upwards as required, demonstrating independence, responsibility, empowerment, judgment and discretion.

Package Description

We’re happy to discuss flexible working.  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.  

·    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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

About BBC

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from under represented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  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.  

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.   

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please visit our website.


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