Portfolio Partner (R&D)

Job Introduction

In September 2020 the new Director-General Tim Davie, set a new BBC priority to create more value from digital, citing the acceleration of these services as essential to our plan to become a digital-first organisation. In our mission to deliver value for all, BBC Research & Development’s role to continually explore and predict how media technology will evolve and how this will impact audiences is paramount to the BBC’s future success.

BBC Research & Development (R&D) is at the heart of the BBC’s digital transformation. It delivers innovation at scale and pace to provide a sustainable foundation for the future BBC as well as adding tangible value to the wider UK media industry.

The R&D department is nearly as old as the BBC and has been integral to the development of technologies including digital television and radio, Freeview, BBC iPlayer, and High Definition. In more recent years it has been key to the evolution and industry direction of technologies like High Dynamic Range, Next Generation Audio and Voice, as well as digital education through the development of the BBC micro:bit and the award-winning Civilisations Augmented Reality app.

To provide R&D portfolio management expertise across our transformation and innovation initiatives we are seeking a Portfolio Partner to join our world-renowned R&D team.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Director of BBC Research & Development, the Portfolio Partner will be responsible for driving the effective and efficient delivery of our transformational projects, working closely with senior stakeholders and sponsors across the business, technology and product groups.

You’ll be responsible for identifying, supporting and shaping the design and implementation of our priority projects whilst providing specialist assurance advice to achieve agreed business outcomes.

This Portfolio Partner will drive maturity in the process, planning and reporting of BBC R&D portfolio of activities. You will be responsible for defining and managing the governance, guidelines and structure of the R&D operating processes to ensure portfolios, workstreams and projects deliver the set objectives and outcomes. You will bring motivational leadership with a strong background in delivering successful portfolios, programmes and projects through working in a collaborative environment.

The Ideal Candidate

You will have demonstrable experience of managing large scale, complex projects across the full lifecycle, with significant budgets and resources. You will be able to demonstrate specialist senior stakeholder management skills, and be able to shape and influence senior management decision-making based on programme management and assurance best practice as well as adapt your style to deliver challenging messages.

As an expert in the field, you will have experience in strategic as well as tactical delivery of transformational change initiatives. And demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the principles and concepts that underpin change, programme and project management good practice standards, tools and techniques. You will have proven ability to communicate and influence internal and external stakeholders to deliver business success.

Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Contractual base can be Salford, London, Cardiff or Glasgow

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

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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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