Junior Production Manager - The Documentary Unit, Ancient Powers

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Job Introduction

The Documentary Unit is the home of high quality, thought provoking and award-winning factual content. Powerful storytelling is at the heart of what we do. Our distinctive, ambitious and informative output ranges from observational access to live programming, from premium co-productions series to podcasts.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Junior Production Manager to work on an ambitious new history series, w/t Ancient Powers 6 x 50’ based out of Television Centre, London W12

The series will be filming in 7 different countries and filming is scheduled for later this summer.

The JPM needs to have a solid track record with setting up foreign filming, and are experienced at arranging foreign payments, and dealing with archive

The team are based in London and the PM is based in Scotland, so we are looking for confident JPM who is able to work independently - who are invested in the content & enjoy contributing to the common goals of a supportive production team.

Dates w/c 18 April through to 3 March 2023.    Must be available to cover PM holiday dates which are wks 26, 27 and 42.  

Role Responsibility

The Junior Production Manager is instrumental in the day to day smooth running of our projects.  You will have delegated decision-making authority from the Production Manager, whilst working within BBC guidelines and frameworks.   You will have line management responsibilities for production management team members and you will be a key part of the production processes, ensuring resources and editorial aspirations are aligned.

The JPM will be co-ordinating filming in Rome, Greece and setting up remote filming in China and will stay on through the edit and delivery period.  They need to be able to clear and pay for archive and will be working with the Archive Producer during the edit.  

The Ideal Candidate

  • Understands how to create, forecast and manage production budgets
  • Previous experience working on a Documentary series is desirable
  • Experienced in setting up international shoots
  • Experience dealing with archive & copyright
  • Good working knowledge of tapeless post-production workflow & the ability to run a post-production schedule with multiple deliverables including paperwork
  • Experience managing health & safety and sustainability on a production
  • Good communication skills, the ability to manage interpersonal relationships effectively and work collaboratively within a diverse team
  • Proven negotiation skills with the ability to be able to influence, manage and negotiate deals & contracts in line with policies & guidelines

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Fixed-Term, Full-Time
Location: Combination of WFH and working at our London Television Centre office a few days a week if possible.

We are really proud to share that we are a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and so if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply please do contact us on with ref: [CH JOB REF] in the subject.

  • Flexible / agile working -  opportunities across the business
  • 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 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.

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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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