BBC Studios is the most awarded Production Company and the biggest independent producer in the UK. The Natural History Unit is the world leader in natural history programming, producing recent titles such as Seven Worlds, Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures. Dynasties, Winterwatch and Chris Packham’s Animal Einstein’s.
We are looking for a Production Manager to lead our Natural History Development Team in partnership with the Head of Development, together you will be responsible for the creation of the next generation of Natural History shows.
The team requires production management support across a large and diverse portfolio of ideas. Budgeting, forward planning and often, quick turn-around staffing forms a large part of the role.
BBC Studios is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and we particularly encourage applicants from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds
This is currently a working from home position, though some part-time office presence may be required with the team at BBC Broadcasting House Bristol once everyone returns to the office.
As an experienced Production Manager you will manage the Development team staffing and budget, oversee taster shoots, and write budgets and schedules for all development ideas.
The role will work with the full development team to tailor their ideas to fit a tariff and doing revisions of budgets and suggesting changes and innovative ways to hit available funding and delivery deadlines. You’ll work closely with the Production Executives and the Commercial Team, and contribute to the strategic overview of the Natural History Unit’s development pipeline.
Following successful commissions you will then work closely with Production Managers to ensure smooth transition of projects from development into production.
You’ll drive innovation, change and ensure continuous improvements are implemented throughout the production process. You’ll thrive on remaining calm, organised and focused.
The Ideal Candidate
- We are looking for someone experienced in budgeting Natural History, Documentary and Live shows and digital content.
- Experience of delivering a range of productions across natural history and/or high end factual content.
- Experience of delivering productions which require high volumes of International filming.
- Excellent influencing, persuading and problem solving skills
- A thorough understanding and experience of delivering to a range of commissioners including rights & complex deliverables
- Excellent project management skills and proven experience of helping to deliver large scale projects with complex filming requirements
- Proven track record of being organised and responsive in fast paced environments
- Demonstrates strong organisational and planning skills and manages conflicting demands to meet deadlines.
- Strong negotiating skills, able to influence, manage and negotiate deals and contracts in line policies and guidelines.
Contract type: Fixed Term - Full Time/Attachment
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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/
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