Head of Policy

Job Introduction

We’re recruiting for a Head of Policy in our Public Policy team based in London. It’s a role focusing on managing the development of public policy positions for the BBC, under the direction of the Director, Policy & Charter supporting policy development, with real impact and the opportunity to influence senior level decision making. This is a permanent opportunity.

Our team is the guardian of the BBC’s understanding of its regulatory and public policy environment. It manages the BBC’s relationship with key external stakeholders and leads the development of public policy positions. The Policy team forms part of the Managing Director’s group and sits right at the heart of the BBC. The Policy team provides high level policy support to key BBC projects and supports the development of the BBC’s policies and strategies, to promote the BBC’s interests at a time of rapid change in technology, consumer behaviour and regulation.

Role Responsibility

As Head of Policy, you’ll be responsible for managing and supporting the BBC’s strategic and public policy activities.  This includes monitoring developments in communications sector regulation and advising on policy developments including their implications for the BBC’s public services and commercial services and  practices under the BBC’s Charter and Framework Agreement. 

This is a role with profile and real impact, working with and influencing at the most senior levels of the organisation, co-ordinating BBC policy development and advocacy on all issues that span UK and international political bodies.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have senior level experience gained in a policy development or strategic planning role, in a major communications company,  a government department or a consultancy.  This will be a challenging role so we’re looking for someone who can find solutions to complex issues and situations, offering the right balance of creativity and pragmatism, with the confidence and resilience to challenge assumptions.

Demonstrable experience of working effectively with Government departments and regulatory authorities across a range of policy and regulatory issues relevant to the BBC, including UK and international political bodies, will be  key in this role, as will your depth of experience of advising at Board-level on a range of public policy matters.  An effective communicator, you’ll have strong interpersonal skills combined with experience of establishing effective relationships and of working with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including those at the most senior levels. Further, you’ll have experience of leading, managing and motivating a professional team of policy/regulatory/competition specialists or economists.

Package Description

Band:   F
Contract type:   Permanent
Location:   London based role with some flexibility, ie hybrid working

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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