SSR Manager - Global News Safety & Security

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Job Introduction

This role is part of the High Risk & News Safety (HRNS) Team within SSR and line manages a team of 2 SSR Senior Advisors.  You will report to the Head of the High Risk and News Safety Team.

Based in London, the primary role is to lead on safety and security issues for the BBC’s International Portfolio, supporting staff and operations overseas who often operate in hostile or complex operating environments.

 The purpose of the High Risk and News Safety team is to deliver specialist security and safety management advice and recommendations to divisional heads, senior managers, producers and staff across the BBC. You'll be responsible for ensuring the provision of comprehensive, co-ordinated, effective and efficient SSR professional services to the BBC through supporting the development, monitoring, implementation and maintenance of specialist SSR functions and associated risk management systems.

Role Responsibility

You’ll support the professional development of the BBC SSR agenda within specialism and a range of disciplines and accountable for the performance and delivery of specific portfolio of work. This role is specialist in nature and supports medium to longer term objectives in specialist portfolio.


You’ll support organisation effectiveness by developing and implementing solutions aligned to SSR strategy and supporting the professional development of BBC Managers and Advisers, across all disciplines, ensuring they are competent to make a first level assessment of the risk level involved and where necessary, refer to the specialist teams for support.

Working with divisions and people development in identifying training requirements, you’ll support the evaluation of the effectiveness of training provision against the identified need. Additionally, supporting the implementation of robust corporate processes to ensure the timely internal management reporting of individual divisional performance.

Are you the right candidate?

Management experience, with a proven track record in assisting in the shaping and driving of the delivery of High Risk and News Safety SSR functions with media industry or one within similar scale of complexity.

An in-depth knowledge and experience of relevant legislation, codes of practice, guidance and operating procedures across own discipline within SSR and thorough knowledge and ability to advise on specialist SSR subject, management of risks and legalisations impacting SSR area of expertise.

The ability to analyse and contextualise complex issues, identify key points to be addressed and develop effective, practical and simple plans to resolve problems and effective interpersonal, management and communication skills, including the ability to write and present clear and concise professional communications to range of audiences at all levels of the BBC.

You will hold a NEBOSH Cert and or NCRQ Cert or higher or be willing to complete the course within 6 months of starting the role.

Recent operational experience in a security and risk management role in hostile environments with a large organisation and a knowledge and understanding of covert operations would be highly desirable.

Please see attached annex section on the Job Description for further role specific details.

Package Description

Band: E 
Contract type: Permanent 
Location: London

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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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