Production Executive, The Natural History Unit

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios’ Natural History Unit is the world’s leading producer of wildlife programming, creating award-winning content with a world class reputation. Our output ranges from ambitious landmarks (The Green Planet, Seven Worlds One Planet, Dynasties and the forthcoming Frozen Planet II), Children’s programming (Deadly Dinosaurs and Andy’s Adventures) and ground-breaking formatted, presenter lead and event programming such as Endangered for Discovery, The Year The Earth Changed for Apple TV+ and the BAFTA winning Springwatch for the BBC.

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Production Executive to join our team at an incredibly exciting and busy time.  As part of the senior team, you will provide strategic production management support and be responsible for a portfolio of content from development through to delivery.  You will lead and develop a diverse team of production management staff, driving change and continuous improvement and work to the strategic aims of the Natural History Unit.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Head of Production, you will recruit, lead, develop and motivate a diverse team across a range of output for the genre. Experience of leading and driving change in a complex environment is a key criteria for the role as is experience implementing strategy and contributing to its development.

You will manage a portfolio of content and will have significant knowledge of end-to-end multi-platform production to ensure the most efficient production of content.  Working alongside our Commercial and Legal teams you will have responsibility for negotiating budgets and contracts with a variety of broadcasters and platforms, prepare productions for green light and ensure that the relevant funding is secured and appropriate contracts are in place.  You will ensure that resources and editorial aspirations are aligned across your portfolio which will include managing co-productions with complex rights and funding models.

The Ideal Candidate

Please bear in mind that we’ll only consider candidates with significant, relevant experience in Factual content production. You will have:

  • Experience of creating and supporting a great work culture, where production talent want to work.
  • Considerable knowledge of the industry and our competitors.
  • Demonstrable experience of leading, developing and motivating teams producing a range of high end content.
  • Experience of leading and driving significant change in a complex environment, and of implementing strategy and contributing to its development
  • Significant knowledge of end-to-end multi-platform production with a level of technical understanding to ensure the most efficient production of content
  • Knowledge of commissioning and green lighting procedures to ensure resources and editorial aspirations are aligned
  • Experience of managing co-productions and/or complex rights and funding models
  • Experience of delivering to non-BBC clients

Package Description

Contract type: 18 Month Fixed Term Contract
Location: Bristol

Band: E

Working pattern: The Natural History Unit has a hybrid way of working, with time split between office and home working. Under the current UK Government COVID19 guidance staff are working from home where they can.

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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. BBC Studios offers:

  • Flexible / agile working -  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 holiday (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.

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