Commercial Manager (Formats) - BBC Studios

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Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity to join the Formats Genre team at BBC Studios on a 12 month fixed term contract. 

The team is responsible for developing and delivering formats into the International Production and Formats pipeline for global exploitation across Unscripted and Scripted. You will support to identify opportunities to grow a commercially successful content pipeline for the BBC Studios Factual Entertainment, Entertainment and Scripted Formats business.

This role manages an agreed portfolio of producers or productions and, with support from Commercial Director, is responsible for directly securing the most commercially attractive content from a variety of suppliers such as BBC Studios UK and International Production, and Independent producers and to sell domestically and internationally in the Formats genre.

Role Responsibility

The Commercial Manager will work closely with the Commercial Director to ensure the team meets its pipeline targets. Clearly identifies gaps in the pipeline and works to secure content to fill them.

You will keep a close eye on markets, trends and competitors to ensure BBC Studios stays at the forefront of its business.

The Commercial Manager will research and identify projects that are; – in development, in pre production or pre broadcast stages – that have international & revenue potential. The role therefore involves assessing programme pitches, debating ideas at concept stage, reading treatments, or analysing key talent attached to projects.

The main focus of this role is to build and maintain relationships with the Creative Network team, the Global format sales teams, and the International Production teams, as well as external and BBC Studios Producers. You will have strong relationship building skills as this role involves working with people at all levels of the business.

The Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of the value of programming in the major international markets and across the different media platforms.

You will have a sound knowledge of the key producers, both within the BBC and across the independent production sector.

Excellent negotiation skills with the ability to communicate and influence at a senior level are essential, as well as significant experience in a distribution, broadcast or an independent production environment. 

You will have a proven track record of negotiating commercially attractive deals and good relationships with key contacts across the media industry.


Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: 9-12 month Fixed Term Contract / Attachment (Maternity Cover)
Location: London

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on with the job reference in the subject.

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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.


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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