Commercial, Rights & Business Affairs Managers, Content

Job Introduction

We are looking for two Commercial Rights and Business Affairs Managers to join the BBC Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) initially in the Content CRBA team.  This is a permanent role primarily based in London, however we would be open to discuss basing the role in Salford, Glasgow or Cardiff.

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 Content CRBA team is a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for the business deal making and ongoing management of contracts and risk involved in the commissioning and acquisition of television programmes for the BBC channels and iPlayer.

This is an exciting opportunity at a pivotal time for the BBC. You will be instrumental in helping the BBC to deliver programming to BBC audiences across all its platforms (BBC1-4 and iPlayer) securing rights and managing risks across the portfolio of programmes.

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 responsible for managing the business risk around a wide range of different programmes across the Unscripted and/or Scripted genres primarily in Television. This will involve drafting and negotiating contracts with a variety of counterparties, interrogating programme funding (including third party investment), liaising with a wide variety of independent production companies and other key stakeholders, including liaising with and advising BBC Commissioners, assessing the risk in relation to a variety of issues as they arise.

Are you the right candidate?

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

  • extensive understanding of rights and an aptitude to grasp & manage complex issues & find solutions in a timebound context
  • extensive experience and expert understanding of (i) negotiating and contracting with content suppliers; (ii) management of supplier relations and (iii) management of contentious and non-contentious legal issues that arise in relation to content production and/or transmission.
  • skilful negotiation skills and strong drafting skills to be deployed across a range of contracts and counterparties
  • proficient at proactively managing a heavy workload to tight deadlines, efficiently balancing competing stakeholder demands & assessing & escalating risks when appropriate
  • strong communication skills for managing internal & external stakeholders, including key suppliers and senior creative stakeholders
  • highly motivated to drive forward deals independently as well as collaboratively, including working as part of a team
  • extensive experience of scripted and/or unscripted television content
  • good awareness of the business implications of specific content and an ability to present solutions to address concerns and mitigate risk.


In addition to the Job Description, the following are desirable:

  • Legal qualification - CILEX qualified lawyer/qualified lawyer/Barrister
  • Knowledge and experience of negotiating and contracting with talent and their agents
  • Knowledge and experience of digital content contracting and digital platforms (including audio/podcast)
  • Knowledge of key rights frameworks (Equity, WGGB, PACT Terms of Trade, MU etc) and regulatory frameworks (OFCOM Broadcasting Code, BBC Charter and Agreement etc.)

Please note we are also recruiting for a 12 month fixed-term contract role - details available under BBC/TP/7237/62198.  

  • If you wish to be considered for this fixed-term contract role alongside the permanent role, please advise this in the accompanying application questionnaire.

Package Description

Band:   D
Contract type:   Permanent
Location:  Primarily based in London, however we would be open to discuss basing the roles in Salford, Glasgow or Cardiff - hybrid working

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 BBC

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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