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Executive Product Manager - iPlayer

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

Job Introduction

The iPlayer team, part of the BBC’s Design and Engineering division, is tasked with developing the BBC’s flagship video product. Along with it’s sister product, BBC Sounds, iPlayer is a core priority (see and is at the heart of reinventing the BBC for a new generation.

Our product development teams build two of the most key BBC products: BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.Our mission is to secure the Internet future of BBC. It is an exciting time to join the team as we’ve ambitious goals to be the number one online TV and audio services in the UK. This is a place where your work impacts 25 millions of users every day across our products and content consumption is over 40 million hours, making this is an opportunity to work on software at a scale that is hard to find.

With established bases in London and Salford, we are also in the process of growing a base in Glasgow.

Role Responsibility

A vital role within BBC iPlayer and reporting directly to the Head of Product, this position is one of four Executive Product Manager roles who are jointly responsible for driving the strategy and prioritisation of development of the product across web, mobile, Connected Televisions and streaming devices.

In line with wider strategic priorities for iPlayer and the BBC, the Executive Product Manager will take responsibility for one, or a number of strategic areas of focus, regularly working with a wide-range of relevant stakeholders across the BBC’s content, marketing, business development, third-party platforms, media planning and central technology functions to drive product improvement, innovation and growth. Other aspects of the role will include 

  • Using analytics and audience research to investigate user behaviour; to establish insight into product performance and to use this data to drive ideas, features and product improvements.
  • Executive Product Managers play a key role in leading agile delivery teams, working with Project Managers, Engineering and User Experience leads to deliver products to deadlines.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have: 

  • A genuine and demonstrable passion for product 
  • Demonstrable experience of driving growth through the the development of strategies to deliver defined business outcomes, gained through the delivery of a major consumer-facing product or portfolio of products
  • Demonstrable experience of forging and maintaining productive and influential relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders (up to board-level)
  • Line-management experience and demonstrable evidence of leading teams and individuals - including personal and professional development
  • Thorough understanding of the relevant technologies and practices (e.g. client and server-side technologies; new media technologies and platforms; project management; software engineering (or systems equivalent) processes and practices. 

Package Description

Band: E 
Contract type: Full Time, 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  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, 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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