Head of Development - BBC Three

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Job Introduction

BBC Three is the first public service broadcast channel to transition to a digital-first service. We make a range of experimental and innovative content created just for 16-34 year olds. Since our launch as an online brand, BBC Three has been a true pathfinder for the BBC and the wider industry, experimenting with new and unique ways of telling stories across different content forms and formats and with the means of distributing this content to young audiences in the places they are consuming content. Knowing that their media consumption is increasingly fragmented, were making sure that BBC Three content can be found on a variety of platforms, whether that is BBC One or Two, iPlayer, YouTube or social platforms. The quality of much of the content has been recognised by audiences and the industry, winning awards such as RTS Channel of The Year, Broadcast Digital Channel of the Year and BAFTAs for shows like Fleabag, Murdered by my Father and People Just Do Nothing. It is our ambition through BBC Three to be braver, more provocative and more of the moment than any other part of the BBC in an effort to engage and build our relationship with younger audiences.

Role Responsibility

We are now starting to build the team by recruiting the Head of Development to start building and developing a Birmingham team as well as managing the London Development team.  Working closely with the Controller BBC Three this role will be instrumental in helping to deliver experimental, innovative and brilliant content for BBC Threes audiences.

You will be a digital-first junkie, who has a passion for thought provoking and engaging content which gives young people a voice.  BBC Three is already experimenting in new ways of making, telling stories and publishing and this is an exciting challenge and opportunity for a creative leader to have the freedom to experiment across both written journalism and short and mid form video content on a variety of platforms.

The right candidate will be a brilliant creative leader and an innovator who will take risks with story-telling by inspiring and nurturing a talented team to do their most creative work allowing BBC Three to continue to grow and create content that its young audiences love.

The Ideal Candidate

You will be a digital native with proven experience of delivering exceptional digital first content for the 16-34 audience for a variety of different online platforms.   Your previous experience will include experience as a social first content creator with a track record of developing ideas that have been commissioned is essential.  You will have proven editorial skills and have the ability to create new solutions and ideas.  You will be able to handle sensitive material with tact.  You must have excellent written and verbal communication skills to manage the complex relationships with programme makers and others inside and outside of the BBC.  You’ll have a thorough understanding and experience of managing content in terms of Editorial Policy, Commercial Policy, Producers Guidelines, Technical Standards and Health and safety.   You must be adaptable and resilient to be able to cope with the pressure of managing the demands of a high volume of work, meeting tight deadlines and managing a team through periods of change.

Package Description

Grade 10 / Proposed Band  E

Continuing Contract

Birmingham based

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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