Director - Childrens & Education

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

Job Introduction

Inform, Educate, Entertain, Inspire!

BBC Children's & Education is home to the UK's two most-loved children's networks, CBBC and CBeebies and distinctive cross platform on demand output such as CBeeBies Playtime Island, CBeeBies StoryTime, the BBCiplayer kids app and CBBC Newsround. Our Education division delivers trusted products such as Bitesize, BBC Teach and BBC Food as well as campaigns such as Bring The Noise - providing free primary school music, songs and resources for teachers, pupils and parents and Tiny Happy People - helping to develop children’s communication skills through simple interaction and play.

Children are living through an age of rapid social change and the BBC is looking for a leader who can help us remain their trusted friend, educator and entertainer in one of the most competitive and complex broadcasting environments in the world.

Role Responsibility

Based in Salford, home to our commissioners, producers and studios, the Director of BBC Childrens & Education will be the ultimate guardian of this distinctive cross platform on demand output. We are the biggest commissioners of UK children's content and our new Director must ensure we remain creative and adventurous to ensure the BBC has the right culture and audience focus to drive these services with the same enthusiasm, passion and innovation that made the BBC the world's original producer of children's programmes and educational resources.

Working with senior leaders the Director will develop a coherent, creative, commercial and operational strategy for Childrens & Education, reflecting both audience and technological developments with a focus on the future direction of our services to manage the ongoing growth of interactive platforms as the primary medium for younger audiences.

They will identify and fully develop appropriate commercial opportunities in the global TV, digital content and education markets, significantly expanding the commercial activity associated with our brands internationally, in conjunction with BBC Studios and external partners.

The Director will also further improve integrated commissioning and delivery operations, identifying opportunities for joint development and production across all platforms and genres across the BBC with key partners such as BBC TV, the Nations & Regions and BBC Studios as well as with external production partners to ensure the creative and efficient production of content for CBeebies, CBBC and Education.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be a top subject matter expert who has provided thought leadership, creativity, innovation and clear direction throughout your career, fostering strong performance and operational skills that will support BBC Childrens & Education in becoming a simpler and more efficient organisation. 

With extensive experience of identifying, developing and nurturing diverse on and off-screen talent, you know how to actively manage processes to ensure that the abilities of all staff are fully utilised and developed.

Adept at managing numerous, diverse senior and executive level stakeholders you will have the ability to undertake significant change and project management activities which have wide-ranging impact, often operating under tight timescales and managing numerous competing priorities

A comprehensive understanding of the Childrens and Education Media and Digital sectors is a must along with a thorough understanding of the way in which programmes are commissioned, financed and produced. You will also have extensive knowledge of the BBC’s external competitive landscape, including an understanding of economic/commercial/political issues affecting the BBC and the wider industry.

Closing dates for applications is 26-01-20

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Salford

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 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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