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Project Manager

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Job Introduction

This exciting and important role is placed within Research & Development, which is part of BBC Design & Engineering. BBC R&D has a worldwide reputation for contributing and leading the engineering research and development of many of the key broadcast and media technologies that have been introduced over the last 50 years. BBC R&D is based in three main labs, two in London and one as part of the MediaCity:UK development in Salford.

BBC R&D is focussed on shaping the future of media in a world where the power of commodity technology and readily available high speed connectivity will redefine the experience available to the consumer and what it means to be a broadcaster. Our research and development teams (comprising around 150 engineers, scientists and other disciplines) are engaged in a wide range of bleeding edge projects, such as developing the use of IP in production and researching the transformation that end-to-end use of IP throughout the media lifecycle may have on the industry.  We work closely with other BBC divisions and with an increasingly diverse community of academic and industrial partners.

Connected Studio, a product designed to stimulate disruptive near to mid-term innovation at scale, providing the environment and resources needed to pursue big, game-changing ideas and maximise successful transfer of technology, process and ideas into live BBC output – both online and broadcast. Connected Studio will continue to support collaboration and partnership across the UK creative sector - encompassing broadcasters, producers, developers, academics and the wider industry.

Further information on Research & Development and Connected Studio can be found at: and

We are seeking an experienced Project Manager to work within BBC Connected Studio’s digital innovation programme. The Project Manager will manage a programme of activity for BBC R&D, to deliver several cross-department digital experiences which will accompany “Civilisations." Civilisations is a major new nine-part series telling the story of art from the dawn of human history to the present day, for the first time on a global scale and will be broadcast on BBC Two in Spring 2018. 

Role Responsibility

  • Ensure shared clarity of scope, good estimating, solution development and management of risk.
  • Working with Senior Producer to manage relationship with Museums and other partners
  • Produce and manage day-to-day progress against a detailed plan and schedule/roadmap.
  • Plan timely reviews / retrospectives and put in place the lessons.
  • Manage the project within agreed scope, time, cost and quality constraints.
  • Identify, track and manage progress, risks, issues, assumptions, dependencies, interdependencies and changes.
  • Make effective use of reporting, communication and escalation (when outside agreed constraints).
  • Manage people (including third parties) and other resources.
  • Ensure adherence to relevant BBC policies and standards. Including project management, health and safety, financial, legal, technology and other compliance requirements.
  • Conduct timely oversight forums (e.g. project board, product direction group). Provide management information to senior stakeholders, and other relevant governance forums.
  • Work with stakeholders to agree scope, critical success factors, deliverables, outcomes and benefits. Ensure understanding of the impact of any trade-offs and decisions by relevant stakeholders.
  • Plan and manage stakeholder communication to achieve engagement

The Ideal Candidate


  • Experience managing projects/workstreams to successful outcomes.
  • Experience in leading teams, problem solving, progress monitoring, managing risk and budget or resource.
  • Working knowledge of the project lifecycle including selection of appropriate methodologies and techniques for delivery.
  • Understanding of the drivers of success and sources of risk for the project domain.
  • Self-starting with ability to empower teams and colleagues to focus on achieving goals.
  • Excellent communication (verbal, written, listening), social and influencing skills. Ability to bridge domain specialism and business through user-friendly language.
  • Able to manage difficult stakeholders and deliver in ambiguous, fast-changing and complex environments.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and procedures for the domain. For example: procurement, contract management, environment, and health and safety.
  • Demonstrable professional development with a recognised project management qualification or equal experience (e.g. PRINCE2, APMP, Agile certification).
  • Microsoft Office software skills and experience using data to make it meaningful for different audiences.
  • Experience of project management and collaboration tools (e.g. MS project, JIRA, Register)


  • Excels at delivery in a fast-changing, diverse and complicated environment.
  • Understands organisational transformation challenges and how to operate in this context.
  • Has managed at least three projects with a budget of c£50k+ and staffing of three or more people.
  • Knowledge of the BBC and/or media sector.
  • Understanding of traditional and new technologies used in broadcast or digital media environments.

Package Description

6 Months FTC

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. 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.

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