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Forward Planning Researcher, Countryfile

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

Job Introduction

Countryfile, regularly the most watched factual programme on any channel, is looking for researchers to work on one of the BBC's most successful brands.

This is an exciting opportunity to research the locations and stories that make a classic Countryfile.  

Working to the location producers, you'll play a crucial role in shaping the main strand of the programme – the Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, Anita Rani and feature based aspects of the show. The subject matter can be almost anything – as long as it relates to the countryside in some way. As well as the classics of wildlife, farming, heritage, crafts and the environment, we’ve also covered arts, literature, fashion and darts! We’re looking for the surprising and unexpected in a landscape we all think we know so well.

 A passion for the countryside is essential. 

Role Responsibility

This is an exciting opportunity to drive the creative ambition of the UK’s top-rating year-round, factual programme. Working to the producers, you'll have a strategic role in helping influence the future direction of the brand. You'll be expected to work across the programme, anticipating the stand-out events and unmissable moments that make Countryfile distinctive. You’ll also be required to build relationships with the key national players who dictate the rural agenda.  

This is primarily an office-based position but you may be required to work on location. Thorough knowledge of the countryside agenda is essential. 

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience of initiating and delivering creative, ambitious and original programme ideas.
  • A clear understanding of the countryside agenda and the Countryfile audience.
  • Knowledge of the main organisations and key players who shape the UK’s rural agenda - and an ability to engage with them effectively on behalf of the BBC.
  • Ability to generate ideas, write proposals and pitch ideas.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team. 
  • Ability to persuade and influence others.
  • Planning, organising and time-management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure of tight deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Cheerfulness, resilience and a sense of humour.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Fixed term/attachment
Location: Bristol

Start date: Jan/Feb 2020

Interviews are expected to be held w/b 16th Dec 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 (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.

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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