Lawyer, Global News - Ad Sales

Job Introduction

Part of BBC Studios, BBC Global News brings together the BBC’s biggest TV channel - BBC World News, which is watched by almost 100 million people each week, - the BBC’s international news, sport and features website, and the advertising sales and commercial content production division of the BBC.

We are currently looking for a Lawyer to join our legal and business affairs team, primarily to provide support to the advertising teams globally (including BBC StoryWorks, the content marketing team within BBC Global News creating branded and partnered content).  This is a permanent role, based in London.

Role Responsibility

This is a junior-mid level lawyer role reporting to BBC GN’s Head of Legal & Business Affairs, with a particular focus on the global advertising sales teams and the branded content production creative unit, BBC Storyworks.  You will be supporting the advertising sales teams as a trusted advisor and providing responsive and consistent legal advice and support.

The role involves a varied workload and working both independently and as part of the team to support colleagues based in the UK and at our other offices around the world.  You will be working alongside a team of lawyers providing commercial, contractual, and regulatory advice to all parts of the business.

This opportunity would suit an individual who has a genuine passion for a career in-house at a media organisation and who is self-motivated and keen to learn.

The Ideal Candidate

A qualified lawyer or CILEX graduate with 4-7 years PQE and a good grounding in commercial/contract law, you will possess a broad understanding of and solid experience in negotiating advertising media sales and commercial content production agreements, ideally supported through experience of working in a media publishing, content marketing or advertising environment operating across multiple jurisdictions, particularly the US and Canada.

It is essential that you possess experience of undertaking complex contract negotiations and drafting in a fast paced technology driven environment, across a range of contract types. An understanding of and experience in ad tech, media production, data privacy issues, and media regulation is also required.

Confident in dealing with a wide range of legal matters, you’ll demonstrate sound judgment and strong analytical skills.  Combined with effective communication and interpersonal skills, you’ll possess the ability to establish and maintain credibility and effective working relationships, across a range of levels.

Package Description

Band:    D
Contract type:   Permanent
Location:   London-based role 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.

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About the Company

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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.

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