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EOI: Researcher - Children's Development

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Job Introduction

The BBC Scotland Children's department is committed to delivering innovative and engaging content to the children’s audience across the UK. Both CBBC and CBeebies provide a trusted environment which is enriching, enabling and relevant to our audience. Our content seeks to entertain, inform and empower children, adding real value to their lives.

The Development team holds a crucial, creative role within the Children’s department and plays a huge part in the output that is made. We have an excellent track record of winning commissions across both Children’s channels but are ambitious to do even more.  We are looking for an experienced researcher to join our team in Glasgow.

Role Responsibility

You will work to the Head of Development and the Glasgow Producers and develop ideas and content for both the CBeebies and CBBC channels for all our platforms. You will play a key role ensuring we deliver to our key objectives including engaging and growing our audience reach and appreciation.

Generating creative ideas for children which will inform, educate and entertain specific to their age and understanding.  Developing fun formats and researching landmark content for new and existing factual and factual entertainment programmes that will inspire and entertain our audience.

Setting up and participating in brainstorms with both the development team and with other colleagues in BBC Children’s and across BBC North and Pacific Quay.

Provide support to the development team by undertaking research into any subject or issue relevant to the series, using all sources of reference, including proper note-taking. Such research may involve finding and contacting individuals and organisations; finding locations for filming; making a preliminary selection of suitable material and music.

To evaluate research in terms of programme aims and intentions, make preliminary selections and present findings either verbally or in writing.  Taking responsibility for delivering to tight deadlines while maintaining the highest editorial standards.  To set up filming for taster tapes

Are you the right candidate?

You’ll have a strong track record of delivering high quality content across platforms with a passion for children’s media.  Knowledge and understanding of the children’s audience and an awareness of BBC Children’s competitors

You will have a good understanding of television and multiplatform production and practical skills such as self-shooting are desirable.  

As a strong communicator with effective planning and organising skills you will have the ability to concentrate on several areas of work at one time, prioritising and delivering consistently to deadlines.

Working with the development team to produce programme proposal documents – strong creative and persuasive writing skills are a must.

Strong analytical thinking and the ability to assess complex information to provide accurate and engaging summaries of research

Experience of working with children and the ability to get them to share their thoughts and feelings on a range of subjects

Existing production skills such as self-shooting, self-editing and Photoshop to enhance programme proposals produced by the development team desirable.

Package Description

Role: EOI:     Researcher, Children's Development

Band: B

Contract type: Fixed term or attachment

Location: BBC Scotland, Pacific Quay, Glasgow

Dates: 1st April 2019 - 31st December 2019 

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 holiday 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, sexuality, social 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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