Researcher Talent Pool, The Documentary Unit, Scotland

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Job Introduction

The Documentary Unit in BBC Studios Scotland is opening up opportunities for experienced Researchers to join their existing talent pool. Researchers in the pool will be put forward as a priority for suitable work opportunities as and when they arise.  The department has a reputation for creating exceptional critically acclaimed programmes. Our output includes A Life In Ten Pictures, Lucy Worsley’s Royal Fibs, Being Bridget, Imagine, This Farming Life, Landward, Amazing Hotels: Life Behind the Lobby plus a range of specialist factual films for The One Show.

The BBC Studios Talent Pool is an opportunity for us to meet and select candidates who have the right skills and experience to work with our varied production teams. The successful candidates will form a pool of people that we give priority to when opportunities come up.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for Researchers who are resourceful, tenacious and inquisitive who enjoy learning about the world around them. The programmes we make cover a range of genres – arts, history, music, science and observational documentary - and we look for people who are passionate about those areas, even if they haven’t necessarily worked on similar programmes.

The role of Researcher is essential to production. We require Researchers to cover a range of duties; researching and investigating content, finding relevant stories – conscientiously seeking out less obvious sources of information, sourcing contributors and experts to reflect a range of views, voices and perspectives, finding locations, setting up shoots and supporting needs on location. Experience of archive research is also desirable but not essential.

The result of this work can heavily influence the style, shape and tone of a programme. We therefore look for Researchers who use their initiative and creativity when performing these tasks and take pride to ensure the content is the best it can be.

The Ideal Candidate

Given the varied nature of the responsibilities of the role, we need a range of people with different skills and characteristics that will enrich what we do.

We are looking for people who

  • Have experience of working as a TV production Researcher
  • Have a positive attitude and enjoy solving problems
  • Are creative and detail focused
  • Have excellent communication skills - on the phone, in person and via email
  • Are able to use their own initiative with confidence, using judgement to escalate where necessary
  • Have an interest in the type of programmes and/or genres that we produce 
  • Are able to use IT proficiently, including a range of standard office software packages


Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Various, Freelance - full time & part time
Location: Glasgow/Aberdeen

To apply please submit a detailed CV and complete the questionnaire.


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.

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


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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