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

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Job Introduction

We are seeking a Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Manager and this is a maternity cover role (approx 12 months) based in London. 

Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) enables the creation of unique, high impact content through value for money deals, builds commercial income through strategic partnerships and business development in the UK and globally, extracts value from our Online services by innovative deals and technology partnerships and safeguards and promotes the BBC’s interests. CRBA brings together all parts of the BBC to put in place platform or carriage deals, clear archive rights, negotiate deals with independents or strike programme investment deals. Innovation is at the heart of CRBA – supporting the BBC in creating new products and bringing them to market, building new partnerships, and establishing joint ventures for major content.

In its connecting role across the BBC, CRBA supports the BBC’s technology group and the digital products group 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 qualified lawyer with digital and technology exposure 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.

The Ideal Candidate

We are seeking a qualified lawyer or someone who is in the process of attaining a professional legal qualification and has equivalent experience working in a legal and business affairs role with:

  • Proven experience or capability of drafting and negotiating technology agreements in the broadcast, media and digital and technology markets.
  • Proven knowledge of contract, IP and IT and data protection considerations for content creation and consumer facing digital services.
  • A high level of technology literacy, including familiarity with streaming video services, social media, mobile apps and functionality including search, personalisation, data analytics, application development, software as a service, machine learning and data management.
  • A progressive approach to negotiating deals to develop external relationships to support research and innovation.
  • Excellent drafting skills, including an ability to write clearly and concisely using a tone of voice suitable for non-legal stakeholders. 
  • Experience of negotiating complex and multi-faceted contracts within the technology and emerging media industries.
  • 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.

We are seeking Post-Qualified Experience of between 1-3 years . But more important is a strong interest in and understanding of 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. 

We are particularly keen to hear from individuals from a diverse background. To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here.  

Package Description

Band:   D
Contract type:   approximately 12 month attachment/fixed term contract
Location:   London based with some flexibility

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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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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