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Commercial and Business Development Assistant, BBC Studios Natural History Unit

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Working as part of the Commercial and Business Development team this role will support the delivery of the Commercial Strategy. Working to the Senior Commercial and Business Development Manager and Executive the role will support in evaluating, maximizing and realizing the value of BBC Studios intellectual property.  The role will focus on administrative support for the deals negotiated and agreed in the business as well as diary management, database management and handling general commercial queries from across the business.

Role Responsibility

  • Deal tracking - updating relevant records with up-to-date information on all content as well as negotiation/ co-production details
  • Supporting the team with preparations for pre-market conferences (collating editorial information, sourcing clips and promos)
  • To build, maintain and manage first class relationships with relevant stakeholders inside and outside of the BBC
  • Preparation, co-ordination and running of commercial events
  • Deal contracting - supporting the team with deal administration; issuing / distributing contracts, inputting information into various databases and systems and forecasting
  • Supporting the Senior/Commercial and Business Development Managers and Commercial and Business Development Executives by providing information and analysis, on an ad hoc basis, of commercial activity undertaken by the team
  • Organising and attending meetings with BBC Studios staff, taking minutes/notes/actions where necessary
  • Deputising for the Commercial and Business Development Executive during periods of leave as required
  • Assisting the team with Rights Archive deal administration and clip clearance requests
  • Undertaking research projects on programme and market information if required by the Senior/Commercial and Business Development Managers
  • Diary management/assistance and travel arrangements, and covering periods of leave for other team assistants - on occasion, if required

Are you the right candidate?


  • An informed interest in the needs and motivation of programme makers
  • An informed interest in and enthusiasm for Factual content – and how it is financed and sold internationally
  • Fully developed IT skills, including proficiency in Word; Excel; Powerpoint; Outlook
  • Interpersonal skills: the ability to communicate confidently and clearly, both verbally and in writing, with internal and external contacts
  • A highly organised and flexible approach to work, including the ability to prioritise workload and use initiative
  • Team working skills


  • Knowledge of the BBC’s structure, key issues and objectives

Package Description

Contract type: FTC, 18 mths
Location: Bristol

Start Date: Sep 19

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 holiday 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, sexuality, social 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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