Lead Development Producer

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Job Introduction

BBC Research & Development are looking for an experienced producer or technologist to lead projects that explore and research new concepts and ideas for the BBC and the internet. You will work as part of a multidisciplinary team of research scientists, developers, UX designers and other producers and you will be scoping, developing and leading projects and work areas.

We’re looking for someone who is curious, creative and determined. Who gets things done and gets the best out of people. Someone who wants to do pioneering work in new areas and really wants to help make a better future for media and the internet.

This is an exciting opportunity to work on things that will ultimately have an impact on the role of the BBC online – showing directions for future tools, products and services from the BBC.

BBC R&D has a worldwide reputation for leading the research and development of many key internet, broadcast and media technologies. This role is in the Internet Research & Future Services team of BBC R&D. Our team’s work focuses on media, the internet and user experiences with current work areas including the future of radio, machine learning for media analysis, a public service internet and voice interfaces. We build systems and prototypes, carry out original research and solve problems for the BBC. You can read more about BBC R&D on our website and more about this team’s work on the R&D blog.

We are based in London but can offer some flexibility in working arrangements

Role Responsibility

You will be defining and developing projects and work areas based on the strategic vision for the department and relevant user, technology and audience research. These projects will range from quick user prototypes to editorial tools to public pilots.

You will identify project opportunities and creatively develop novel ideas. You will take these projects from the idea stage to mature R&D projects and transfer them across to the core business of the BBC.

You will lead projects using agile techniques and manage multi-disciplinary teams in flexible and inclusive ways to get the best out of people. You will always be thinking about ways to improve projects and teams.

You will be responsible for relationships with pan-BBC and external stakeholders, partners and suppliers and will ensure that your projects deliver what is needed.

You will regularly explain and promote BBC R&D’s work through writing and presenting.

Are you the right candidate?


Highly experienced in nurturing innovative ideas and concepts and leading teams to develop these through prototyping and testing. Digital product development skills should include developing, launching and managing user-facing products, tools, experiments or pilots.

Broad understanding of relevant technologies and practices; including internet and web technologies, digital media platforms, agile project management, UX design approaches and software engineering processes. 

Significant experience successfully leading multi-disciplinary digital teams including content, software and UX roles. Highly experienced in managing relationships and communicating with internal and external stakeholders and clients.

The ability to understand and apply relevant industry knowledge, market awareness and user research to strategy and planning. To spot underlying trends and ensure that projects are aligned to likely future developments 

Experienced with communicating complex technology and concepts in an accessible way through writing online and presenting to teams, peers, stakeholders and industry. 


We’d really like it if you also have deep knowledge and experience in one or more of these:

  • Software development in at least one modern language and with web technologies
  • Project management using agile or lean techniques
  • Running user-centered design processes
  • Machine learning, natural language processing, recommender systems or data mining
  • Video editing and production
  • Voice UIs

Package Description


Grade 10 (Proposed Band E)

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