HR Director - Content, Radio and Education

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Job Introduction

The BBC’s ambition is to make amazing content across all of our services, providing trusted news in an uncertain world and realising our global ambition.

Central to our success is our ability to create a BBC that is the best place to work in the media industry, attracting and developing the very best creative talent and delivering value to the licence fee payer.

We are looking for an HR Director to lead the HR function across Content, Radio & Education.

In this role you will join the senior business team in your division and with your HR team, work shoulder to shoulder with the division to develop and deliver all elements of the division’s workforce strategy and plan, to create an inclusive culture with people at its heart. You will be a trusted adviser to your Divisional director and their senior team, providing support and advice across a range of complex operational issues.

You will be a key member of the BBC HR Leadership team co-creating the BBC Workforce strategy and collaborating with HR colleagues in our specialist teams to develop and deliver solutions for the Corporation and for the divisions you support.

The divisions

With 800 employees based in London, Salford and Birmingham, BBC Content brings world-class creativity to our screens commissioning outstanding content across our national portfolio of channels; BBC One, Two, Three, Four and iPlayer as well as providing all of the BBC’s Sport coverage across all channels, radio networks and online. 2020 is an exciting time to join the Content division as iPlayer develops as a destination service and live cricket returns to the BBC for the first time in a generation. There's also the Olympics, Euros, Wimbledon and much more.

In Radio & Education our 2000 employees primarily based in London and Salford create world-leading content for children, learners, foodies, music and art lovers, the curious, and those who love to listen to entertaining and informative music and speech audio on our Radio networks and on BBC Sounds. In 2020 Glastonbury celebrates its first half century and we will see BBC Sounds grow at pace combining speech and music, live radio and archive with new voices, new artists and ideas.

Key to success in this role is to put people at the heart of the HR strategy with a focus on hiring and developing the very best talent. You will have the ability to manage a dispersed team, ensuring your team of HR Business Partners are connected to each other and their divisions and working collaboratively on shared challenges.

Role Responsibility

Manage the relationship between the Division and HR function to ensure that there is a mutual understanding of needs, challenges and business plan objectives.

Deliver HR strategy and provide professional HR guidance and support across the Division to optimise employee engagement.

Support the Divisional leadership team in making decisions through the provision of HR data, advice and general information

Ensure that HR policies and processes are fully communicated, understood and complied with and that all HR-related activity in the business unit is legally compliant.

Support organisation effectiveness by developing and implementing solutions aligned to organisation principles.

Deliver the BBC’s workforce diversity and inclusion strategy within the Divisions

Act as a point of escalation for issues that cannot be resolved by the wider HR team, including disciplinary, grievance and dismissal processes to ensure compliance with legal regulations and BBC value.

Develop/manage relationships with recognised Trade Unions and Employee Representation Groups and other external partners/professional organisations and networks

Manage the Division HR budget and play a significant role in the drive to deliver greater efficiency, continued cost reduction and improved productivity.

Build, lead, coach and retain a high performing and cohesive team so that they can deliver the Division’s objectives and aspirations.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have extensive leadership experience managing organisational change and employee relations and be well versed in partnering with trade unions

MCIPD, or equivalent and Continuous Professional Development.

Relevant HR experience (generalist or specialist) gained in large complex organisation(s) with multiple stakeholders (including matrix relationships).

Contributing to the development, implementation and review of strategy and decision making at Divisional level.

Proven track record in building, motivating and empowering teams.

Commercially minded with ability to manage process and change.

Strong communication and influencing skills.

Package Description

Band: L
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London or Salford

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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