Chief Technical Advisor (R&D)

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 plan to become a digital first organisation. In our mission to deliver value for all, BBC Research & Development’s role to continually explore and predict how media technology will evolve and how this will impact audiences is paramount to the BBC’s future success.

BBC Research & Development (R&D) is at the heart of the BBC’s digital transformation. It delivers innovation at scale and pace to provide a sustainable foundation for the future BBC as well as adding tangible value to the wider UK media industry. The R&D department is nearly as old as the BBC and has been integral to the development of technologies including digital television and radio, Freeview, BBC iPlayer, and High Definition. In more recent years it has been key to the evolution and industry direction of technologies like High Dynamic Range, Next Generation Audio and Voice, as well as digital education through the development of the BBC micro:bit and the award-winning Civilisations Augmented Reality app.

Role Responsibility

You will be responsible for providing the technical leadership and advice to ensure that innovation strategies and programs are designed and implemented effectively to secure both the BBC’s technical direction and advancement, and its position in the wider public service ecosystem.

In your new position, you will support the Director, Research & Development and collaborate closely with the rest of the R&D leadership team. You will be a key contributor to global standards development and best international practices to achieve sustainable results. This Chief Technical Advisor will be integral to drive the changes needed to ensure that BBC R&D is relevant and relatable both to BBC and industry colleagues.

You will be responsible for advancing the research and development agenda across the entire BBC as well as shaping innovative and transformative technical pathways that support BBC’s strategic priorities. You will bring motivational leadership and team-building skills that foster a diverse, inclusive and agile environment that will nurture your team’s growth and personal development.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be an expert in high-level industry relations, stakeholder management and collaboration. Your skills will be showcased through the likes of internal and external meetings with key stakeholders and suppliers, plus chairing international standards bodies and similar forums bringing together global industry players to create a smooth operating environment for the BBC. You can easily liaise with technical teams to aid the introduction of new tools and processes, as well as having the communications skills to translate complex concepts to non-technical counterparts to ensure understanding of the work.

The Chief Technical Advisor will have a passion for the big picture and will strive to ensure all projects can be aligned to contribute to the overall maturity of the R&D department's portfolio of activity. You will be determined to celebrate success and will encourage timely reporting and publication of performance, breakthroughs and value realisation for the BBC and industry.

You’ll be an inspiring role model who cultivates the talents of more junior colleagues and encourages them to keep up to date with the latest innovations and techniques.

The successful candidate will have both public service and commercial mindsets, able to identify and pursue grant funding opportunities as well as potential commercial opportunities for research outcomes and develop strategies for developing & protecting the BBC's intellectual property.

Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Contractual base can be Salford, London, Cardiff or Glasgow

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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