Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Executive, BBC Radio and Music

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Job Introduction

We are looking for a Commercial Rights and Business Affairs Executive to join the BBC Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) department, initially in the Radio & Music team.  This is a permanent role.  The base is flexible, 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 Radio & Music team is a multi-disciplinary team, responsible for the contractual aspects of commissioning and production of programmes and content for the BBC across music television, radio and online, through to commercial exploitation via BBC Studios and third parties.  This is an exciting opportunity to get involved, in particular,  in BBC’s commissioning of content of the range of its speech and music  radio and digital output, as well as the range of legal and business negotiation to support the making and exploitation of that content.

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 you will work an average of 2-3 day per week in BBC buildings.

Role Responsibility

As Commercial Rights and Business Affairs Executive, you will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of experts in rights, commercial, strategy, policy as well as legal professionals to provide accurate, timely, practical and commercially-focused legal, rights and business affairs support for the BBC’s audio products.  

You will be comfortable liaising with third party IP owners, eg producers/ talent / agents/contributors/ rights owners, as well as undertaking other new business affairs duties as the BBC’s audio business evolves. 

The role will involve the negotiation, contracting and administration of a wide variety of contract types across audio commissioning, co-production, acquisitions, high-profile talent engagement and licensing.

It’s an exciting and challenging time and you will be working with stakeholders across the BBC Group and externally.

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’ll have demonstrable legal and contractual experience gained working in the production and licensing of broadcast and digital media. 
  • You will bring applied knowledge of some or all of the following areas of law:  intellectual property rights, media, technology, contract and commercial law.
  • You will be familiar with the BBC’s output across music and live events, radio and podcasts on BBC Sounds.  
  • You will have strong legal drafting capabilities to support the negotiation and conclusion of a wide range of agreements in the areas of content audio production, commissioning, co-production and talent engagements, licensing and other commercial agreements, and will understand and be able to apply related BBC policy and strategy.

You must have a legal qualification and experience of media and entertainment practice (inhouse or private) either during or post qualification.

Package Description

Band:    C
Contract type:   Permanent
Location:    Flexible with regular travel to London and to other sites as required

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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