Managing Director, Children's and Education, BBC Studios

Job Introduction

BBC Studios is a global business of scale, able to fund, create, distribute and commercialise premium content for the BBC and other companies both in the UK and internationally. Working with the best writers, directors and programme-makers, BBC Studios champions creativity, crafting over 2500 hours of content every year through eight production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. And that’s not all, BBC Studios are a committed partner to the UK’s thriving independent production community, as well as other broadcasters and digital platforms, delivering content that showcases the best of British and Global talent, stamped with the hallmark of quality.  Our content encompasses a uniquely broad range of specialisms from Entertainment, Music and Live Events to Natural History, Drama, Comedy and now Children’s & Education.

The mission of  Children’s & Education is to champion and serve all children - tomorrow's authors, dancers, coders, nurses, engineers, inventors and citizens are our audiences of today.

Children’s & Education is unwavering in a commitment to inspire the next generation to be the most imaginative, most resilient and most curious they can be.

Reporting directly to the CEO for Production, we are now looking for an inspiring Managing Director for Children’s & Education to lead the genre with its transition to BBC Studios, working in partnership with all areas of BBC Studios to ensure the most creative, efficient and effective approach to take BBC Children’s content to a global audience.

Role Responsibility

As part of the BBCS Productions Leadership team, the MD  will play a pivotal role in transitioning the production business from BBC Content to BBC Studios,  and driving  an ambitious global strategy for the new commercial business within BBC Studios.

You will create a commercially focused pan Studios strategy for Children’s and Education and be accountable for management of direct P&L account of Production and the delivery of the overall business plan for the Genre.  This will require close working with and securing buy in from Senior Executive Committee (SEC) leads and their teams across distribution, licensing, brands and marketing. 

You will build and nurture strategic partnerships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders ensuring the genre is represented credibly to the internal and the external environment, including ensuring innovative partnerships with co-producers and other third parties are maintained and developed to optimise rights and funding of productions.

You will maintain the internal relationship with BBC Content Children’s and Education as a leading supplier and work collaboratively to support their ambition both creatively and commercially.

Leading a matrixed team, the you  will ultimately be responsible for developing and implementing a clear vision, strategy and objectives for the BBC Studios Children’s & Education business. 

Fundamental to this role is creating an environment which attracts the best creative talent and enables them to deliver their best work.  You will do this through providing inspirational leadership and support career development and talent retention. 

You will be a strong role model in building diverse teams with a focus on inclusion and be able to deliver cultural and behavioural change required to make the Genre work effectively and efficiently.

The Ideal Candidate

At BBC Studios, we seek people who are passionate about who we are and what we do.

The successful candidate will have strong leadership skills, able to manage creative and business communities, with a track record of leading multi-disciplinary, matrixed teams through transformational change.

You will have proven experience leading multinational Children’s content strategies, understand and has experience of launch, build and sustain strategies that grow global franchises across multi platforms. 

Experienced in the successful running of a commercial business and overseeing significant budgets and understanding key financial drivers. 

You will have significant knowledge of the Children’s Genre, with a deep understanding of industry trends, changing audience needs and the evolving media landscape.

Able to anticipate the challenges and growth opportunities which arise from professional, legal, technological and market place changes, in the UK and globally, and to translate these into a coherent strategy for the genre.

Ideally, you will have knowledge of production management and a good understanding of how it can add value to the creative process.

To be successful, you will need demonstrate the ability to build strong relationships across the industry, with key stakeholders and across the BBC.


Package Description

Band:  SL
Contract type: Continuing / permanent 
Location: London or Salford

Working pattern: Office based 2/3 days per week

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  • 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

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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