Executive Product Manager - Curation

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Job Introduction

Curation is at the heart of the BBC’s online products. From key destinations including the BBC Homepage, News Top Stories and iPlayer’s carousels to tailored collections such as Topic pages, music playlists, and Sports event packages, editorial collections of content are the underpinning of how we connect to audiences and how we deliver the BBC online.


Behind the scenes, however, we have work to do. We are making the shift from being a broadcaster that speaks to our audiences to being a service that is shaped by them and designed around their wants and needs. We are creating personalised products and services that bring the right content, to the right people, at the right times – a personalised BBC. It will be our greatest leap since iPlayer, and that’s why it is right at the top of our agenda.


Delivering it is going to require a fundamental reshaping of the BBC’s culture and how we work. For the new Curations team in our Content Production Workflows department, the first task is a ground-up rethink of the (many) tools, workflows and technologies involved in curating all of our content -- journalism, audio, video and digital alike.


What does the future of curation at the BBC look like? Can we take advantage of metadata and machine learning to automate or semi-automate curation processes while retaining that crucial editorial voice? Can we provide tools to bring together disparate editorial teams working in specialist content areas and make life easier for teams working in curation? How do we evolve our current workflows into one that is ready for the challenges of a personalised BBC?


Bringing together editorial and technology teams to answer these questions and more like them is the task of the Executive Product Manager for Curation.

Role Responsibility

  • Define, develop and deliver a product strategy for editorial curation tools and workflow
  • Own and communicate the roadmap for curation tools
  • Manage relationships with curation stakeholders (both editorial and technical) at all levels of the business
  • Manage the agile software development process for curation tools, working with in-house engineers, UX designers and business analysts

The Ideal Candidate

  • The primary users of these tools and workflows are the BBC’s editorial teams, so experience working in an editorial environment, particularly large newsrooms or media organisations, is a plus.
  • Our technical stakeholders deliver systems that scale to millions of users and where there’s a lot of complexity and inter-dependence; experience in such an environment is a plus.
  • You’ll have proven experience as a product manager, one that focuses on outcomes over outputs, one that can define and articulate a product strategy and roadmap for curation tools using data-driven insights and your own judgement. You work collaboratively with people from a range of backgrounds and experience.
  • You’ll have experience of identifying and implementing creative and original approaches to complex problems across technical and editorial domains, taking appropriate levels of risk.
  • Proven ability to clearly communicate to a non-technical audience, including senior business stakeholders representing big, high-profile consumer brands and products.
  • We expect linked data to be part of our solution, so experience with metadata and tagging will be an advantage.
  • The ideal applicant is goal orientated and a clear communicator. They can articulate why we are pursuing a given opportunity, assess its impact with data and keep the business informed and engaged. They will understand how to take a broad, top level goal and break it down into small, achievable deliverables.
  • The right candidate will be able to show evidence of being able to build support for a vision and get stakeholders, both technical and editorial, aligned behind it.
  • Bringing together the BBC’s many approaches to curation will mean driving change throughout our stakeholders, so experience with large change programmes will be a bonus.
  • Candidate need to work with technical members of staff, so ability to understand, explain and contribute to complex technical plans is a plus
  • Applicants should be curious and investigative thinkers, who thrive on identifying opportunities and taking the best ones forward to delivery.

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 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 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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