Head of Design, BBC News

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Job Introduction

The Head of Design is an exciting new post that will play a central role in bringing together our award winning designers and system specialists for all our Digital and Broadcast output into one integrated BBC News Design team.

This is a senior position and the successful candidate will sit on the new News Commissioning Group and be a member of the Senior Management team in the Editorial Directorate department under Kamal Ahmed.

You must be both excited by current design trends and have a real track record of leading teams into significant change.

With a passion for design you must foster a culture of creativity and collaboration and help put Design at the heart of BBC News.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Editorial Director, you will be responsible for creating the new combined Design department and leading your team through a major change in the way they work and the content they produce.

You will be responsible for the BBC News brand and your primary focus will be on creating a more unified look and feel across all BBC News output, in the UK, Globally and in multiple Languages.

You will devise a strategy to bring more modern, visual forms of storytelling to our linear output and new digital products.

You will be a thoughtful and creative leader who can foster collaboration between different teams in BBC News and manage stakeholders in the rest of the BBC and external partners.

You will be responsible for bringing the department’s work in on time and on budget.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an innovative leader who is excited by the world of Design and wants to bring the best Design thinking to the heart of BBC News.

You must have extensive Design experience in linear or digital but preferably both platforms.

You must have a developed sense of editorial awareness and be fascinated by what’s happening in the UK and the World.

We are interested in an experienced manager who has led or played a significant role in effecting major change

You will need to be able to effectively communicate and implement your creative vision across the news portfolio

You must be a great Team Leader and capable of inspiring the very best from your team as well as handling complex negotiations with multiple stakeholders.

You must be committed to developing a diverse and inclusive team environment that fosters real creativity.

Package Description

Band: F
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 (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.

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About the Company

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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.

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