Commercial Lawyer / Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Manager

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Job Introduction

We are looking for a Commercial Rights and Business Affairs Manager to join the BBC Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) team in Scotland.  This is a permanent role. The base is flexible, however with preference to initially be in Scotland, with regular travel to London and to other BBC sites as required.  

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 CRBA Nations team is a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for the contractual aspects of commissioning and production of programmes and content for the BBC across television, radio and online, through to commercial exploitation via BBC Studios and third parties.  

This post is to support the management of the multi platformed work of the Nations, working with the Senior CRBA Manager Nations across all BBC output and related contractual and legal requirements.

This is an exciting opportunity at a pivotal time for the BBC. You will be instrumental in supporting the CRBA Nations team, supporting both internal and external relationships together with involvement in BBC wide imaginative strategies that are critical to the success of the BBC and its ability to bring value to its audiences

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.

Role Responsibility

As a Commercial Rights and Business Affairs Manager, you will be integral to the day-to-day output of the Nations for both in-house and commissioning across all BBC Public Service Platforms. 

You will negotiate and manage key contracts across various content for both in-house and commissioning content.

You will be one of the key legal contacts for the Nations CRBA team.

You will also participate in BBC-wide projects, including internal and external reviews, supporting the wider CRBA team and the business.

The Ideal Candidate

In addition to the Job Description, to be successful in this role the following skills, knowledge, qualification and experience are essential:

  • You will be a Practicing Lawyer, preferably Scots qualified;
  • You will bring demonstrable commercial contracts experience gained in a law firm and/or working in the production of broadcast and digital media;
  • You have the ability to work independently and can demonstrate that you can lead high level negotiations on behalf of the BBC.
  • You display strong attention to detail and significant experience of gathering, reviewing and analysing complex information together with providing legal advice.
  • You have the ability to understand the value drivers of the BBC in the context of a commercial marketplace, as well as all BBC regulatory and contractual obligations;
  • You are able to apply your market knowledge, contextualising challenges and changes in the sector, to understand the relative positioning and strength of the BBC.

Package Description

Band:   D
Contract type:   Permanent
Location:  The base is flexible, however with preference to initially be in Scotland, with regular travel to London and to other BBC sites as required

Interviews anticipated to be held w/c 13 December

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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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.

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