We are looking for a Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Executive to join the BBC Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) initially in the Content team. This is a twelve month fixed-term contract role primarily based in London, however we would be open to discuss basing the role in Salford, Glasgow or Cardiff.
CRBA manages and connects the BBC’s Intellectual Property, strategic and business interests through expert negotiation, contracting and commercial deal-making. It is comprised of multiple business teams embedded in Content (including Television, Radio & Music, Children’s & Education, Sport), News, Technology & Product, the Nations, plus a central CRBA team. The teams share many common business activities key to the commissioning, production and distribution of the BBC’s services and content. Also, the teams work with the BBC’s professional services including Finance, HR, Legal, Editorial Policy and Strategy.
The Content team is a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for the business deal making and ongoing management of contracts and risk involved in the commissioning and acquisition of television programmes for the BBC channels and iPlayer..
This is an exciting opportunity at a pivotal time for the BBC. You will be instrumental in helping the BBC to deliver comedy & entertainment programming to BBC audiences across all its platforms (BBC1-4 and iPlayer) securing rights and managing risks across the portfolio of programmes.
Although you may be assigned to a particular CRBA area and workload, from time to time you may be required to work in other areas of CRBA to broaden knowledge, skills and experience.
All CRBA colleagues are ‘agile workers’ and our expectation is that they will work an average of 2-3 day per week in BBC buildings.
As CRBA Executive, you will draft and negotiate a range of contracts with a variety of counterparties principally across the Entertainment (unscripted) and Comedy (scripted) output, dealing with complex issues and liaising with BBC Commissioners and a wide variety of Producers and other key stakeholders.
Are you the right candidate?
In addition to the Job Description, to be successful in this role the following skills, knowledge, and experience are essential:
- a good understanding of rights and an aptitude to grasp & manage complex issues & find solutions in a timebound context
- skilful negotiation skills and strong drafting skills to be deployed across a range of contracts with a variety of counterparties
- proficient at proactively managing a heavy workload to tight deadlines, efficiently balancing competing stakeholder demands & assessing & escalating risks when appropriate
- powerful communication skills for managing internal & external stakeholders, including key suppliers
- highly motivated to drive forward deals independently as well as collaboratively, including working as part of a team
- comfortable using online tools & databases to accurately record deal progress in a timely manner
- an understanding of the importance of relevant approvals within the deal making process and the aptitude to efficiently incorporate them within the work flow
In addition to the Job Description, the following are desirable:
- legally qualified
- an ability to advise on fair dealing & a good understanding of copyright law issues
Contract type: Twelve month fixed term contract
Location: Primarily based in London, however we would be open to discuss basing the role in Salford, Glasgow or Cardiff.
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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
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