Senior Advisor - Licence Fee Unit

Job Introduction

We are recruiting a Senior Advisor to join the Licence Fee Unit, to manage and develop policies that ensure our compliance with the conditions for licence fee collection set out in relevant Acts and Regulations. This is a permanent role based in London.  


The BBC is the largest public broadcasting corporation in the world. Its mission is to enrich people's lives with programmes that inform, educate and entertain. We are a public service broadcaster, established by a Royal Charter and funded by the licence fee which is paid by UK households and businesses.

License Fee Unit 

The Licence Fee Unit (LFU) is responsible for collecting the licence fee, generating £3.8bnof revenue each year. The aim of the LFU is to “to maximise long term net licence fee revenue in a way which sustains public support for the TV licence”, ensuring that the licence fee is collected in an efficient, appropriate and proportionate way. The BBC uses the income from the licence fee to provide service including 8 national TV channels plus regional programming, 10 national radio stations, 40 local radio stations and an extensive website, BBC World Service broadcasts to the world on radio, on TV and online, providing news and information in 32 languages. It is part funded by a government grant and part funded from the licence fee.

The BBC is governed by the BBC Board, which represents the interests of licence fee payers and sets the overall strategy. The BBC's Executive Committee, chaired by the Director-General, Tim Davie, manages the day-to-day operation of the corporation.

Role Responsibility

As Senior Advisor, you will work closely with the LFU senior management and BBC Legal, managing and developing our policies to ensure consistency of approach by TV Licensing for licence fee collection purposes, as set out in relevant Acts and Regulations.  Another key aspect will be working closely with our service providers, giving guidance to them in this area.

You will chair the TV Licensing Policy forum which is the key governance meeting for the ongoing review and update of TV Licensing policies and which monitors compliance of TV Licensing services against policies.

You will also chair the TV Licensing governance forum for Equality and Diversity, setting the approach and managing the related action plans.   Another priority involves managing compliance with Welsh Language Standards, including monitoring and reporting against the Standards. 

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, you will need extensive experience of managing and developing policies and compliance. You will have worked within a professional service, regulatory environment or business/policy development role. Experience of working with operational policies in an outsourced environment is desirable.

Confident in dealing with a wide range of policy matters, you will have proven ability to provide robust, well-reasoned advice and guidance to evaluate options and develop policy recommendations, working within a legal environment.  You will have experience of managing a wide range of work from immediate problem solving to long term policy projects and of working with equality and vulnerable customer issues

Your work will be supported by excellent drafting and strong analytical skills. You will also have experience of compliance monitoring and reporting, including analysis. With experience of managing client and external stakeholder relationships up to and including senior levels, you will be an effective communicator with excellent interpersonal and influencing skills, able to maintain effective working relationships, both with internal staff and others, in a dynamic environment. Highly organised, you will be comfortable working to tight deadlines, often under pressure.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London - Broadcast Centre

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.

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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