Commissioning Executive - Drama

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Job Introduction

This role works within the Content division in the BBC. You will work with the Commissioners for Drama on developments and to deliver commissions which respond to audience need and meet the strategy for the Genre.

You will be responsible for the development and production of specific titles – some new, some returning - ensuring content is successfully delivered. You will work closely with the commissioning editors across all platforms & will work on a full range of innovative and distinctive programmes

Role Responsibility

This key role within commissioning is responsible for working across and delivering commissions within the drama genre.  You will also be expected to play a role in the management of some of the BBC's continuing drama series and as a Commissioning Executive you will play an instrumental part in ensuring that Drama delivers to its diversity commitments both on screen and off screen. 

This role is critical in enabling the drama department to deliver to its content commitments, working closely with the commissioning editors and controller to ensure a smooth delivery of both developments and productions.

The role will encouraging risk-taking and innovation, balancing your editorial nous with ensuring programmes are compliant, delivered on time and on budget and that productions demonstrate value for money, quality and originality.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have an extensive range of talent contacts and relationships in the field of drama writing, directing and producing, and a clear understanding of what makes BBC Drama’s output distinct from its competitors.

As well as an in-depth knowledge of BBC Drama output, it will be critical to have an interest in and instinct for, the overall direction of travel for BBC Drama, in order to maintain its position as home to the worlds’ most original drama output, including that delivered from the Nations, and will have the experience to deliver a clear strategic direction for the development and production of high quality drama series.

Having a knowledge and experience in co-production and being used to working with international partners on the commissioning of high quality drama series is vital, as is having the skill to effectively collaborate with both the wider Drama Commissioning team and other BBC departments


Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
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.

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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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