Director of Diversity & Inclusion

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Job Introduction

The BBC has a goal to be the first choice employer for everyone, with an inclusive environment where all talent thrives.  We are already leading the way, by ensuring our Creative and Workforce D&I strategy is at the heart of everything we do, as we strive to become the UK’s most inclusive employer.  We have made great progress, yet there is more to do.

Reporting to the BBC’s Chief People Officer as Director of Diversity & Inclusion, you will be responsible for leading the BBC’s Creative and Workforce diversity and inclusion strategies.  You will bring your deep expertise and thought leadership, in order to develop BBC-wide frameworks and policies, enabling us to realise our immediate and long-term D&I objectives.

This is a rarely available, high profile opportunity to champion diversity and inclusion across creative and workforce communities, both internally and externally, to work with key industry stakeholders and deliver the BBC’s on-screen and organisational D&I ambitions.  

Leading and developing the BBC’s diversity and inclusion team, this role is a crucial part of the BBC’s diversity & inclusion strategy.

Role Responsibility

Strategy, Influence & Change

  • Develop and execute the diversity and inclusion vision, strategic direction, plans and metrics to support organisational effectiveness
  • Head the development of frameworks, tools and policies that enable the BBC to achieve its diversity targets
  • Partner with Divisional Directors and HR Directors to deliver the D&I programme and report regularly on progress to BBC Executive Committee and Board
  • Work closely and collaboratively with Directors of Content, Studios, News and Nations and their teams to drive best practices
  • Develop strategies which support both on-air and production talent representation and portrayal across the BBC and its’ partners to ensure the ambitions of the BBC are met
  • Drive the BBC commissioning guidelines agenda, monitor their effectiveness, ensure outcomes are delivered and refine as appropriate
  • Commission and design diversity & inclusion training programmes and act as advisor to Academy on diversity for other training programmes
  • Partner with HR Analytics team to develop, maintain, and audit diversity metrics, corresponding dashboards, and recurring reports to measure success, glean insights and input into published reports

Subject Matter Expertise

  • Provide thought leadership by developing innovative initiatives and recommendations that drive business strategy and demonstrate the impact of diversity and inclusion
  • Provide insight to the business around inclusion trends, areas of opportunity, future-focused thinking and competitive programmes and practices
  • Ensure all policies and processes are compliant with legislation and public commitments
  • Remain abreast of current developments including legislation, best practice, insight and innovative approaches in the area of diversity and equality
  • Represent the BBC D&I agenda appropriate across a range of stakeholders including regulators and the press office

Functional & Operational Leadership

  • Provide inspirational guidance to a team of high performing specialists who support enterprise-wide D&I programmes and interventions and business area specific programmes
  • Develop/manage relationships with recognised trade unions, employee representation groups, other external partners/professional organisations and networks.
  • Manage the budget and prudently control resources within that budget so that financial targets are met.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have a deep understanding and experience of diversity & inclusion within a creative and / or corporate environment and fully appreciate the importance of diversity & inclusion, to achieve creative and business success.

With substantial experience operating as a D&I role model and influencer for your team and colleagues in a complex organisation, you have developed and implemented strategies, frameworks, tools and policies that have resulted in highly visible, company-wide diversity & inclusion delivery.

As a diversity and inclusion expert, including current trends and future insights, you have the credibility to manage numerous, diverse senior and executive level stakeholders, often operating under tight timescales and managing numerous priorities. In this high profile position, your ability to operate in a politically sensitive environment, open to public scrutiny, will be essential.

Being an inspiring leader, you can engage your team and the wider organisation at all levels of seniority, with excellent communication skills to support relationship building both inside and outside the BBC, creating successful partnerships at a variety of levels. As an accomplished public speaker, you will have excellent communication and collaboration skills and a strong influencer who can communicate your strategic vision with energy and enthusiasm.

Ideally you will have a strong understanding of the media sector and BBC competitors and extensive knowledge of industry trends and environment.

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Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: UK - Various

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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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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