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Lawyer - Digital/Technology /Commercial Rights and Business Affairs Manager (legally qualified)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Commercial Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) exists in the BBC to create, acquire and exploit intellectual property to maximise audience value and commercial return in an increasingly global, digital and commercial marketplace.

In order to support the Director General’s ambition aims for the BBC’s Next Chapter, CRBA is undergoing a period of significant and transformative change, and has identified a critical need to develop, drive and enable digital thinking and innovation across the whole of the BBC.

In its connecting role across the BBC, CRBA supports our Design + Engineering (D+E) Division to create and bring to market new and innovative products and services. This requires new partnerships, frameworks and licensing arrangements, which in turn means we need lawyers with a deep understanding of the digital, technology, content and media markets.

Role Responsibility

We are able to offer exciting opportunities for a lawyer with digital and technology experience to work supporting the BBC’s development, acquisition and use of new technologies. Specifically, we need people with a strong track record and proven ability to support current and emerging digital products and services, negotiate partnerships and collaborations, license our digital assets  and technology to other organisations, procure digital services from technology suppliers and negotiate with emerging technology partners. Innovation, data, personalisation and data privacy are central and critical to our work.  

Are you the right candidate?

We are seeking a qualified lawyer with:

1.     Proven experience of drafting and negotiating technology agreements in the broadcast, media and digital and technology markets.

2.     Proven knowledge of contract, IP and IT and data protection considerations for content creation and consumer facing digital services.

3.     A high level of technology literacy, including familiarity with streaming video services, social media, mobile media and functionality including search, personalisation, e-analytics, application development, software as a service, machine learning and data management.

4.     A progressive approach to negotiating deals to develop external relationships to support research and innovation.

5.     Excellent drafting skills, including an ability to write clearly and concisely using a tone of voice suitable for non-legal stakeholders. 

6.     Significant experience of negotiating complex and multi-faceted contracts within the technology and emerging media industries.

7.     A collaborative approach, positive attitude, curious mind and willingness to learn as well as a willingness to simplify our contracting processes and templates.


You will provide legal, commercial and business affairs support on a variety of transactional deals, and provide advice across a range of legal matters including contract law, intellectual property rights, regulatory and policy compliance, procurement, licensing, data protection and privacy issues. 

This will include drafting, negotiating and advising on complex technology, research, licensing and distribution agreements with a variety of organisations, as well as managing risk.

This is a permanent role based in London.  We are seeking Post-Qualified Experience of between 2 and 7 years. But more important is a strong track record in dealing with new technologies, high levels of energy and curiosity, the appetite to draft in language that anyone can understand and the ability to work in a flexible and collaborative way. 

Package Description

Band:   D
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 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 BBC

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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