Creative Director - Specialist Factual (The Documentary Unit) - Factual Productions, BBC Studios

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Job Introduction

The Documentary Unit at BBC Studios is the home of high quality, thought-provoking and award-winning factual television.

Powerful storytelling is at the heart of what we do – and this helps us take global audiences on gripping journeys underpinned by real journalism viewers can trust.  Our distinctive, ambitious and informative output ranges from observational access documentaries, crime, history and arts to popular specialist factual, formats and factual drama.

Spanning five bases across the UK in London, Cardiff, Salford, Glasgow and Aberdeen, our programming is critically acclaimed, with titles like the BAFTA-winning Basquiat: From Rage to Riches, Thatcher: A Very British Revolution, The Met, This Farming Life, and topical programming such as Lockdown Culture with Mary Beard & Rip Off Britain. 

Working with some of the most highly regarded talent in the UK, on and off screen, the Documentary Unit entertains and educated audiences with distinctive authored content driven by bold storytelling, a strong sense of purpose and a breadth of specialist knowledge.

This is an incredibly exciting time for a new Creative Director -  Specialist Factual to join us and lead a team creating world class content for a global audience.  

NB. Specialist Factual in The Documentary Unit covers History, Arts & Religion programming.  

Role Responsibility

Reporting into the Head of Documentaries, as Creative Director - Specialist Factual, you'll provide creative leadership to the production teams across all platforms and play a major role in contributing to, and developing, the content strategy for Specialist Factual content across The Documentary Unit.  You will collaborate with the Head of The Documentary Unit & the Creative Director –Development to deliver on a clear, bespoke creative strategy for Specialist Factual, bringing your own vision to the opportunity with the ability to leverage BBC Studios’ unique and trusted access to bring the most intriguing stories to a broad audience.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a senior leader to co-develop and execute a creative strategy for specialist factual with our British terrestrial clients, for digital and SVOD platforms and for specialist channels in all major international territories including the US and China.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will:-

Demonstrate exceptional delivery at executive producer level across Specialist Factual content with a proven ability to manage, nurture and support senior execs, along with a strong understanding of budget and delivery schedules.

Have experience of working with premium directing talent / working with premium access and world class onscreen talent as well as a proven ability to attract the best talent on and off screen.

Bring an extensive network of commissioner relationships across broadcasters and co-production relationships within the genres.

Be an experienced leader with an inclusive leadership style, recognising talent on both sides of the camera, who knows what’s needed to attract, encourage and grow production talent to ensure the very best ideas are brought forward and the highest quality of work produced.

Manage a team of senior creatives with shared slates, targets & objectives. You will enable the sharing of ideas and create a clear editorial vision for the lifecycle of specialist factual content across all platforms coupled with a commitment to creating a diverse staff base that reflects our audience.

You will be passionate about telling stories from all around the UK and the globe and have a strong development track record with an ability to build ideas and work with a development team.

Multi-genre experience is vital as the broadcast landscape increasingly hybridizes, especially across documentary and formatted / constructed documentary.

Experience of Factual drama and other specialist Factual genres including Science & Natural History is as plus as we forge deeper collaboration between BBC Studios Factual’s production units.

Have a deep understanding of complex compliance and legal issues and a strong track record in impeccable journalistic values.

Proven stakeholder management experience as well as external client management with third parties and or talent.

Interest or experience in the global market including SVODs and a deep understanding of their strategies and portfolios.

Experience of managing large scale projects which require high profile press & marketing campaigns both in the UK & overseas


Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: Continuing / Permanent
Location: Flexible on location

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

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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