Chief Product Officer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

In September 2020 the new Director General Tim Davie set a new BBC priority to create more value from digital, citing the acceleration of these services as essential to our ambitions to become a digital first organisation.

In our mission to deliver value for all, there’s no question that we need to be strong in digital - and we are. People are turning to our world class digital services in record numbers, where products like News, Sport, iPlayer, and Sounds are a winning combination of brilliant technology, content and marketing.

But time in people’s digital lives is increasingly hard won, the competition is fierce and we want to go further and at pace, which means we are transforming in order to grow digitally, with fewer, bigger, and better priority destinations.

And to lead this change, we are creating a new Chief Product Officer post.

Role Responsibility

Reporting the Group Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Product Officer will be responsible for the development and delivery of the BBC’s audience-facing digital products, against the strategy, priorities, and requirements set by the BBC’s Executive Committee.

Your brief will be to deliver the function’s product delivery strategy as efficiently as possible; driving a high value audience experience through reducing costs, increasing income and ensuring appropriate investment to maximise return to our customers – the BBC audience.

Under your inspirational leadership, you’ll foster and develop a high performance culture in an environment which is diverse, inclusive and agile while meeting our ambitions around sustainability and development throughout the UK.

You’ll be a member of a newly created Digital Leadership Group that will bring leadership from technology and editorial together, and here you’ll work closely with digital Managing Directors to develop our product roadmaps, balancing resources  deliver against priorities.

And you’ll lead the development of technology within BBC-developed software and digital products, with responsibility for multi-disciplinary teams in Software Engineering, UX, Architecture, Project Management, Product and Delivery Management across a number of UK centres.

The Ideal Candidate

With significant leadership experience operating and influencing at board level, you will have a demonstrable track record in the development and delivery of large scale consumer digital products, gained within an environment of similar scale, scope and complexity as the BBC.

You’ll be an inspirational leader of diverse, multi-disciplinary teams with the ability to drive delivery in a fast moving landscape.  As a deep technical expert, you will be able to demonstrate your leadership in  the development of technology solutions whilst managing and building relationships with a broad range of stakeholders, working in a collaborative way to ensure that the audience/customer enjoy a high value experience using our products and services.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Based from any main UK site with regular travel to Salford, Glasgow & London 

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 2020 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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