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Business Affairs Manager, Factual Genre

Job Introduction

The BBC Studios Natural History Unit has an exciting new opportunity for a Business Affairs Manager to support the Senior Lawyer overseeing legal & business affairs activity within the Natural History Unit.  The Business Affairs Manager will have the necessary skills to support the Natural History Unit to realise its creative and business ambitions, operating at pace in a competitive and challenging global market.

The Natural History Unit is an award winning global producer of natural history and wildlife programming and content, known and celebrated around the world for the quality of its output.  The Natural History Unit has for over half a century pioneered the use of ground-breaking technical and creative innovation to open audiences’ eyes to the wonders of the natural world.  Trusted by countless fans across the globe, the Natural History Unit’s portfolio of iconic documentaries and associated content includes, Planet Earth, Blue Planet, Frozen Planet, Seven Worlds: One Planet, the Natural World and Dynasties.

The office is based in Bristol, however we are considering candidates located across the UK, who are able to travel to Bristol and London as reasonably required.

The Business Affairs Manager will act as a senior point of advice and direction to both the Natural History Unit Legal & Business Affairs team and the wider BBC Studios Factual production community and will represent the unit at BBC Studios boards or forums as required. You will manage, conduct and oversee a wide range of Legal & Business Affairs activities  across the territories throughout various stages of production, from the initial concept/development stage and commission (for both BBC and third party commissions), through to production/filming  and final delivery for broadcast 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 commercial, rights and business strategy. You will build, maintain and manage first class relationships with key external organisations and across BBC Studios Productions and the BBC Group.

Role Responsibility

Be responsible, with the Director of Legal and Business Affairs, Head of Business Affairs Factual and the Senior Lawyer, Natural History Unit, for the management of issues and legal risk within the unit and (when required) 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 and the Senior Lawyer, Natural History Unit, 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 work alongside the another Business Affairs Manager in the team and 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; and

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 and what we do.

As an accomplished Business Affairs Manager, you will possess a legal qualification and be a minimum of 2 years PQE or have solid factual business affairs experience. You will have a comprehensive understanding of the television, radio and digital media industry and related BBC policy and strategy (or an ability to acquire the same) including commercial awareness and 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 drafting, 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, National Geographic, 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, assessing risk and referring upwards as required, demonstrating independence, responsibility, empowerment, judgment and discretion.

Package Description

Location: flexible
Band: D
Contract: Permanent

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

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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