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Commissioning Editor, Daytime

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Job Introduction

Our team of Commissioning Editors look after a wide range of new and returning television series and are crucial to delivering our BBC Content strategy across the channel portfolio and iPlayer. They have a deep understanding of audiences needs and work with a wide range of suppliers across the industry to bring forward bold and distinctive programme ideas that have the potential to get commissioned.

This role will work to the Head of Daytime & Early-Peak, ensuring that series deliver to the commissioning requirements and to the strategic aims of BBC One, BBC Two and BBC iPlayer. In this case, we are looking for a Commissioning Editor to specialise in formatted factual, factual-entertainment and/or documentary series that can work at scale.

Role Responsibility

The work is wide-ranging – you’ll need to inspire and engage production companies by articulating what you are looking for, ensuring that you are aligned with the overall editorial strategy. You’ll work with producers across the UK to help them create and develop ideas that will be relevant to the audience and able to deliver to the editorial requirements. By providing creative leadership to the development process, you’ll encourage risk-taking and innovation, whilst utilising your expertise to identify the best opportunities for distinctive new series.

You’ll ensure that production teams are working to an agreed commissioning brief and budget and that the final delivered programmes are compliant. You’ll enjoy working with creative teams to deliver originality, quality and value for money.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate will be someone who has demonstrable, industry experience in programme-making and/or commissioning for high volume TV series that are stripped across the week. Specialist knowledge and experience on formatted factual, factual-entertainment and documentary series is highly desirable as is experience with live programmes. You will understand the commissioning priorities for BBC Daytime & Early-Peak and you will have a track record of developing, producing and nurturing formats that can reach a broad and diverse audience.

You will have an instinctive sense of what makes for a good series, with experience of delivering high quality programmes. You will also know how to look after series with complicated legal requirements or series that need careful handling in terms of the BBC’s editorial policy guidelines.

In this role you’ll take responsibility for the strength of your own creative pipeline, collaborating effectively within the rest of the Daytime and Early-Peak commissioning team and you’ll already hold strong relationships with a wide range of on and off-screen talent.  You will have an understanding of how growing diverse talent both on and off screen is essential to reflecting contemporary Britain. 

With outstanding editorial judgement, your passion for television will be clearly visible along with the ability to facilitate creativity and innovation in those you work with.

You’ll be curious and analytical, able to identify key trends but also to anticipate challenges and overcome them. As a strong communicator you will be able to engage and inspire, able to present and speak in public. Finally, you’ll be a leader who would relish the chance to be an ambassador of the BBC.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an organisation that is diverse, challenging and rewarding. You could help us to reinvent the BBC for future generations.

Package Description

Band: F 
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London

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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