Line Producer - Natural History Unit

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Job Introduction

Following on from the recent success of productions such as Blue Planet 2 and Seven Worlds One Planet, as well as recent productions for non-BBC clients, the BBC Natural History Unit is embarking on a spectacular landmark project.  

We are looking for an enthusiastic Line Producer with a wealth of production experience to support a large production team in creating this exciting new Landmark project for a 3rd party client.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Series Editor, Production Executive and Executive Producer. They will oversee the production which will entail managing a large team, multifaceted series’ budgets, filming in challenging environments; manage complex workflows and post production processes.

The successful candidate will be key to making crucial decisions as part of a complex project, will need to demonstrate strong leadership skills, have a positive outlook, be able to multi-task and most importantly be confident in managing key stakeholder relationships with external partners.

It is an amazing opportunity to join a very ambitious BBC NHU team and series.

Role Responsibility

You must be comfortable working at a high level and capable of challenging decisions when required.  Most importantly be quick at establishing yourself within a very experienced production team along with highly skilled experts in various fields who have extensive knowledge in their area of expertise.  The team look to the Line Producer and Series Editor as the integral people in driving production, creating a positive working environment and communicating to all in a clear and precise manner

The most important quality is to able to work side by side with the Series Editor in striving to deliver the very best to a worldwide audience.  At the same time continually growing and creating new ideas and therefore pushing the boundaries of new content to the limit. You have to be a forward thinker and have a positive outlook and most importantly be able to take setbacks in your stride. It is an amazing opportunity to join a very ambitious NHU team and expand your own knowledge to the full.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Prior experience in UK & foreign filming. Extensive management of crews in remote locations and prior experience in dealing with numerous agencies including fixers, embassies and other foreign agencies
  • Proven ability to juggle multiple projects at any one time; driving forward progress and ensuring deadlines are met and priorities are clearly communicated.  Rescheduling and budgeting new options where necessary
  • A proven track record of working with broad range of external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable experienced in leading contract negotiations and dealing with complex insurance and business affairs issues.
  • Confidence in large budget management. Adjusting forecasts and predicted spends, negotiating unusual/one off deals where necessary.
  • Driving savings, efficiencies and continually reviewing working practices to ensure best practice and on screen value for money.
  • Demonstrable experience in the day to day management of production staff, undertaking responsibility for their recruitment, appraisal and training.
  • Extensive management of large production teams and crews.
  • Excellent working relationships with suppliers in the outside broadcast market and wider industry.
  • A sound understanding of health and safety procedures.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: 12 months FTC
Location: Bristol

Working pattern: TBC

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: BBC/TP/1717110/56150 in the subject. We advertise all our roles on Evenbreak, the specialist job board for disabled candidates

  • Flexible / agile working -  opportunities across the business. We’re happy to discuss a formal flexible working pattern. 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.


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. 

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