Researchers - Match of the Day: Can You Kick It? (CBBC)

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Job Introduction

The BBC is the leading Children's broadcaster in the UK. We are proud of the award winning content we make across all platforms – television, online, radio, apps, YouTube, social media and more.  BBC Children's is committed to offering the best cross-platform and on-demand service for all UK children, providing a trusted environment which is enriching, enabling and relevant to the under 16's. Our content seeks to entertain, inform and empower children, adding real value to their lives

Match of the Day: Can You Kick It? returns. This is an ambitious, football-talent search series and we’re on the lookout for 2 experienced Researchers to deliver a rip-roaring second season.

Fronted by Sam and Mark, ably assisted by freestyler John Farnworth, kids are well and truly at the heart of this entertainment show. For the second series, we’re aiming to super-charge the assault course, increase the jeopardy of the competition and entice high profile football talent on-screen, who can deliver amazing training to our kid-contributors in the UK’s finest footballing venues.

Football is a red-hot topic among our viewers, it’s still the most played and talked about sport amongst 7-13 year olds,  The second series capitalises on this ever-growing popularity giving our viewers more kids, more tricks, more incredible stunts and even more of the famous football stars.

We are looking for two researchers to work on this CBBC series with (at least) one being a self-shooting role.

The Researchers will work to the Assistant Producers and Series Producer to deliver this fun-packed, physical series for our diverse audience.

Experience as a Researcher on large location OB’s and/or studio shows and experience of casting and working with children would be beneficial for this role.

Knowledge and understanding of the child licensing process and child working hours is imperative, along with knowledge of BBC editorial guidelines and responsibilities particularly in relation to working with children.

Please ensure you have your line manager’s approval to apply for this role.

Please note some of this filming may involve working weekends.

Interviews to be held 25th and 26th February 2019

Role Responsibility

To work in conjunction with the Series Producer, Assistant Producers, production management team, crew and contributors to deliver programmes of the highest quality and demonstrate meticulous planning and organisational skills.   

You will be part of a team who will help uncover and cast football loving kid-contributors from all areas of the UK. We require you to cast a diverse mix of contributors for the series.  Once cast, you will act as the main liaison with the families, creating factual biographies of the children.  On filming days, you will be the main point of contact for the kid-contributors and their families, ensuring the child’s welfare (working closely with chaperones) and putting them at ease, ensuring we get the best performance from the kids.  The researcher will be expected to self-shoot certain aspects away from the main arena action.

Prior to filming, we’re looking for researchers who can unlock brilliant new locations for filming and forge fantastic relationships with both BBC Sport and external clubs and agents to ensure we have the best facilities and coaches at training camp.

You’ll also be expected to feed into the creative development of the series and able to suggest new features, challenges and multiplatform content that will increase our reach. We’re after self-starters brimming with new ideas for this second series.

The successful post holder(s) must use time and resources efficiently in order to achieve maximum productivity within deadlines and budgets, take a thorough and methodical approach to work, whilst being able to respond flexibly to changes.  They must also possess the capability to work on several projects simultaneously, monitoring progress, creating reliable systems for storage and retrieval of information

The Ideal Candidate

You should be an experienced researcher (with at least 3 prior credits) and have experience of casting and working with children. 

Knowledge of the child licensing process and child working hours is expected. 

We require one of these positions to have strong self-shooting skills.

Knowledge, understanding and a passion for the game of football is desirable.

You should have experience of briefing and looking after child contributors.

An understanding of the clearance of all copyright material, (especially those surrounding sport/football archive would be of benefit).

Experience of sourcing suitable locations and a persuasive telephone manner is a must.

Knowledge and understanding of the output of BBC Children’s and their competitors as well as knowledge of the children’s audience

Knowledge of BBC editorial guidelines and responsibilities particularly in relation to working with children

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.

Package Description

Role:  Researchers - Match of the Day: Can You Kick It? (CBBC)

Band: B

Contract type: Fixed term or attachment

Location: PQ, Glasgow

Dates:  March - September (exact dates tbc)

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 holiday 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, sexuality, social 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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