Finance Director - Nations

Job Introduction

The BBC has engaged Savannah Group to lead the recruitment process to find our new Finance Director for Nations. The application deadline is 23/05/21. To find out more, please email Hazel Lawrie quoting 'BBC Finance Director - Nations' in the subject header.

BBC Nations is one of the largest divisions within the BBC - delivering local, regional and nations services to millions of people each day across the UK on television, radio and mobile platforms. Nations operate from over 50 locations across all four UK nations, with major bases in Glasgow, Cardiff, Salford, Bristol, Birmingham, London and Belfast. We invest almost £450m on content each year and employ almost 5500 staff. 

We commission a range of content in a wide variety of genres on television and radio: from local radio to the BBC Scotland channel, from regional news to Radio Foyle, from Angels of the North to Keeping Faith and Guilt.  Our digital role is also vital for millions of daily users and we produce content across BBC News, BBC Sport, BBC iPlayer, BBC Bitesize and BBC Sounds. 

The BBC has just published its plans to get closer to audiences across the UK, transforming the BBC into a genuinely UK-wide organisation.  This is why we are embarking on a bold programme of change and modernisation – to ensure we are relevant to, and valued by, audiences the length and breadth of the UK. To deliver this, we’ll focus on outstanding creativity and collaboration – and getting closer than ever to our audiences.

With this in mind, we’ve created an opportunity for a divisional Finance Director, working as part of both BBC Group Finance and BBC Nations. 

Role Responsibility

This is a pivotal role for us.  As Nations FD you’ll inspire your team to deliver a proactive and rigorous financial appraisal to help deliver on our medium to long term strategy and to maximise audience value, whilst driving considered financial planning, reporting & analysis to support effective decision making and investment planning.

This opportunity is as an integral member of the Nations Board and wider BBC Finance executive team.  You’ll support development of the annual BBC budget and control the Nations operating budget to ensure that all financial targets are met and financial and statutory regulations complied with.

As divisional FD you’ll be taking the lead in ensuring the finance function is running smoothly, continuously providing input on budget and controlling processes, operational and efficiency improvements as well as ad hoc analyses for Nations Board.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an inspiring financial leader with experience working in a highly regulated/complex environment. To ensure success it is imperative you have strong financial reporting skills with the ability to operate and influence across a complex matrixed global organisational structure. 

 The role requires an experienced finance professional who is both good with numbers and understands how to present these into a compelling narrative to a variety of Stakeholders.     You’ll collaborate with senior stakeholders to develop, track and analyse performance on strategic issues of importance. 

In depth understanding of core financial processes and relevant systems coupled with evidence of continuous/process improvement with a track record of delivering effectiveness & efficiency is advantageous.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible

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

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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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