Chief Operating Officer - Nations

Job Introduction

The BBC has engaged Savannah Group to lead the recruitment process to find our new COO for Nations. The application deadline is 23/05/21. To find out more, please email Philippa Towlson quoting 'BBC COO - Nations' in the subject header.

BBC Nations is one of the largest divisions within the BBC - delivering local, regional and nations services to millions of people each day across the UK on television, radio and mobile platforms. Nations operate from over 50 locations across all four UK nations, with major bases in Glasgow, Cardiff, Salford, Bristol, Birmingham, London and Belfast. We invest almost £450m on content each year and employ almost 5500 staff. 

We commission a range of content in a wide variety of genres on television and radio: from local radio to the BBC Scotland channel, from regional news to Radio Foyle, from Angels of the North to Keeping Faith and Guilt.  Our digital role is also vital for millions of daily users and we produce content across BBC News, BBC Sport, BBC iPlayer, BBC Bitesize and BBC Sounds. 

The BBC has just published its plans to get closer to audiences across the UK, transforming the BBC into a genuinely UK-wide organisation.  This is why we are embarking on a bold programme of change and modernisation – to ensure we are relevant to, and valued by, audiences the length and breadth of the UK. To deliver this, we’ll focus on outstanding creativity and collaboration – and getting closer than ever to our audiences.

To drive our divisional priorities and partner more effectively inside and outside the BBC, we’ve created an opportunity for a Chief Operating Officer (COO), Nations.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a COO to lead our business, operations, technology and major project planning at divisional level, with a focus on driving operational effectiveness, quality control and moving us forward as we undergo a major period of transformation.

Working closely with Nations Directors, we’ll look to your leadership to drive operational efficiency and effective business change and planning activity. This will include governance, project management, operations, business, technology, safe-guarding, estates and resources and risk management.

We’ll look for you to provide leadership and oversight of divisional business development activities; lead engagement with stakeholders across the BBC; and provide expertise in devising, reviewing and assessing business cases and commercial opportunities for our large campus estate.

Alongside our divisional Finance Director, you’ll support budget monitoring activity, working with operational and business teams to build budgets, track spend and shape investment planning. 

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a truly inspiring leader who has the breadth of experience and  track record in developing a long-term vision to help shape our future and remain close to our audiences.  

You’ll bring insight and knowledge ideally gained from a large complex, matrix environment with a similar estate footprint, to enable us to navigate the complexity of challenges faced by a business such as ours. 

This is a truly hybrid role and will require an individual with experience of operating at a senior operations level; leading operational effectiveness workstreams coupled with driving business change.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible

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.

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

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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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