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Production Executive, BBC Sport

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

From the World Cup to the Olympics, 6 Nations and Wimbledon, BBC Sport is at the heart of the world’s major sporting events. BBC Sport are one of the BBC’s most well-known cross platform departments delivering hundreds of hours of content each year across Radio, Digital and TV and has some of the most creative and hardworking staff in the industry. 

We are looking for a Production Executive to join our high profile and talented PE team.  This is a critical role covering all our domestic TV output (Match of the Day, FA Cup, Football Focus, Premier League Show and Final Score).  This role also oversees all other live and event based programming across Radio & Digital which is our biggest area of growth and a focus of our new strategy heading into the 2020’s.

Role Responsibility

The person doing this role will work:

  • To the Head of Production but in partnership with the senior editorial team, provide strategic production management of a broad portfolio of programmes from idea to post-delivery
  • To balance editorial aims and delivery requirements with financial and resource constraints through effective planning, monitoring and control of the production portfolio
  • To seek continually to provide increased value to the audience by reviewing production processes and shaping and implementing improved ways of working
  • To lead and develop a team of Production Management staff and play a key role in building and maintaining a professional pan-BBC production management community
  • To provide professional advice and guidance based on expert production management skills, knowledge and experience
  • To drive innovation, change and continuous improvement throughout production
  • To establish a creative and collaborative culture conducive to attracting, retaining and developing the best talent, ensuring effective succession planning takes place
  • Together with the other Production Executives, lead and develop a team of Production Management staff and play a key role in building and maintaining a professional pan-BBC production management community


Plan and manage production finances

  • Accountable for decisions required to manage the financial and operational performance of your devolved slate based on expert production knowledge and financial information.
  • Accountable for setting, reviewing and monitoring a portfolio of budgets across TV, Radio & Digital.
  • Responsible for ensuring appropriate financial support is provided by Finance on high financial risk/complex productions and/or across a portfolio of productions.
  • Responsible for keeping the Head of Production informed and up-to-date on the status and health of the production portfolio, highlighting areas of risk through monthly Business Reviews.
  • Accountable for assessing the financial viability of ideas, new rights deals, identifying and mitigating any risks.

Shape and plan productions

  • Working with editorial and production colleagues in TV, Digital and Radio to ensure timely collaboration happens across productions.
  • Working with the Talent Managers to ensure consistency of approach in scheduling in Radio & Digital.
  • Accountable to ensure consistency of approach on provided Sport templates for budgeting and managing productions across your own slate in line with departmental and divisional requirements and relevant BBC frameworks, guidelines and policies.
  • Responsible for Slate Sign Off paperwork and managing Start Up meetings, ensuring resources and editorial aspirations are aligned.
  • Responsible, along with editorial colleagues to deliver a plan which will contribute to any savings targets Sport and BBC Content (Division) are required to hit.
  • Working closely with the Head of Talent you are responsible for ensuring you have planned and managed capacity requirements on your programming in line with strategic objectives.  You must also ensure staff are allocated and recovered accurately across your programming where relevant.

Manage and deliver productions

  • Jointly accountable with senior editorial colleagues for ensuring an understanding of - and compliance with - BBC policies, guidelines, legislative and regulatory requirements (with particular emphasis on Health & Safety and Editorial Policy) in order to minimise the BBC’s exposure to risk.
  • Responsible for ensuring production teams understand the vital importance of acquiring all necessary rights in a timely manner to enable the BBC to produce, broadcast and otherwise exploit its content.
  • Accountable for resolving material operational and financial issues commensurate with the role.
  • Jointly accountable with senior editorial colleagues for delivering demonstrable value for money through effective and efficient management of people and resources.

Manage the performance of production areas

  • Identifies training and development needs of direct reports and ensures performance management arrangements are in place in line with BBC guidelines and policies.
  • Works with Head of Talent to ensure their production teams complete their Mandatory Training.
  • Must ensure a diverse production teams are in place in a timely way with an appropriate range of skills and experience within each team.
  • Jointly accountable with senior editorial colleagues for integrating safety and risk management into the production process. Advises on safety and risk issues and contributes to the development of BBC Safety action plans.
  • Accountable  for  working  with  Procurement  to  implement  the  strategy  for  the procurement of production resources, developing supplier frameworks and lists, and ensuring compliance with them.
  • Responsible for establishing and overseeing business continuity and disaster recovery planning on the events and programming across your slate.  You must ensure yours link with the overall plans for the department and division.
  • Accountable for ensuring the production team work with Sport Library and agree retention policies for fully and accurately capturing and managing metadata in line with BBC guidelines and policies.

Strategy and continuous improvement

  • Contributes to the development of operational and financial strategy linked to the division’s long-term multi-platform content strategy, highlighting and mitigating areas of risk.
  • Responsible for monitoring and reporting on performance against objectives.
  • Jointly responsible with senior editorial colleagues for driving efficient and effective deployment of new, approved technologies on productions.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Considerable experience of production and production management across a range of output or genres and/or of managing a significant portfolio of productions.
  • Experience of delivering high value, large scale productions.
  • Significant knowledge of production ideally across all platforms (TV, Radio & Digital) with a level of technical understanding to ensure the most efficient production of content.
  • Advanced project management skills. Proven experience of delivering portfolios of projects including complex projects; experience of trouble-shooting key projects.
  • Experience of forward planning and operational day-to-day management of people and resources to meet demanding production requirements.
  • Strong negotiating skills – able to influence management and negotiate deals and contracts.
  • Thorough knowledge of the market for various types of supplier and resources.
  • Able to influence the use of production systems and to deploy new technologies on productions.
  • Experience of ‘client facing’ work eg working with OB, post production, studio facility companies or agents and negotiations with such.
  • Experience of leading teams across a range of output.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading and driving significant change in a complex environment and of implementing strategy and contributing to its development.
  • Sound business and finance skills. Able to suggest feasible options for maximising value from productions.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills.
  • Considerable experience of managing and monitoring Health & Safety, supported by recognised formal Health & Safety training (including Risk Assessment).
  • Extensive knowledge of BBC Values, policies, procedures and guidelines, including Health & Safety and Editorial Guidelines, and Fair Trading.
  • Experience of recruitment and giving feedback.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the BBC and the wider industry.

Package Description

1 x 10 Month FTC/Attachment

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 very important to us. Please make sure you've read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You'll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.


The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC. 

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