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Senior Agile Project Manager - iPlayer & Sounds

Job Introduction

Do you want to join the #BuildtheBBC community and progress your career working on cutting edge projects? 

This is an excellent opportunity to work as a Project Manager for one of the UK’s most iconic brands; BBC iPlayer. 

You will be part of a dynamic digital team, whose mission is to be the future of BBC television, participating/facilitating in the setting of ambitious goals over the next few years to double reach and quadruple our viewing time across iPlayer.

You will be working on amazing projects and cutting-edge technologies surrounded by a team of like-minded professionals from whom you can learn and grow.

Alongside opportunities to learn, grow, contribute and share lessons with a thriving and growing Agile delivery community within iPlayer and the wider BBC.

Role Responsibility

  • Work with the ‘business or product owner’ and stakeholders to agree on the project objectives (OKRs), evaluate the options and appropriate approach and techniques for delivery.
    • To ensure the project backlog (objectives) is captured, prioritised and delivered by the Project team.
  • To lead and co-ordinate the scoping, technical requirements gathering, estimating and planning for single or multiple projects or work streams
  • Apply sequential and agile project management techniques to make decisions, solve problems and ensure the quality of work done.
  • Ensure shared clarity of scope, good estimating, solution development and management of risk and dependencies.
    • To anticipate, manage and resolve issues, risks, dependencies and impediments that may impact on the delivery of your projects.
  • Conduct timely oversight forums (e.g. Project Board, Product Direction Group). 
    • To ensure that project progress is reported in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines and teams to improve the iPlayer product.
  • Work as an embedded project manager in a cross-discipline team comprised of software developers, testers, user experience designers, product managers, business analysts and subject matter experts.
    • To coach the development team in good agile practices, and act as the Scrum Master where necessary, including facilitating retrospectives and running product demos.
  • To act as the first point of contact for all problems, obstacles and opportunities on a project. Issues could include supplier dependencies, infrastructure and operational capability.
  • To focus on working within the team to ensure flow is improved and lead/cycle-times reduced at every stage of the development process.
  • Co-ordinate the work of the cross-discipline team to ensure that the investment of time and effort yields the greatest benefits for our audience and the business.
  • Lead the cross-discipline team through discovery, delivery and continuous improvement.
    • To promote continuous improvement initiatives and associated experiments with the team.
  • Be responsible for running the weekly "scrum of scrum" process, handling escalated issues and dependencies across teams

Are you the right candidate?

  • The successful candidate in this role will need to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of agile software development methodologies and best practice from across the industry. 
  • Extensive relevant experience working on projects/programmes, and a substantial period (s) of managing projects to successful outcomes, leading teams, planning, problem-solving, progress monitoring, managing risk, and budget or resource responsibility.
  • Working knowledge of the project lifecycle, products, techniques and methodologies and approaches and the understanding of how to best apply to the situation.
  • Excellent and well-practised communication (verbal, written, listening), interpersonal and influencing skills with the ability to bridge specialism and business through user-friendly language.
  • Ability to effectively deal with difficult stakeholders, navigate ambiguous, changeable, and complex environments and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Sound knowledge of Agile, Scrum, facilitating ceremonies, retros, and stand-ups.  

Package Description

Band: D 
Contract type: Full Time 
Location: Salford, Media City  

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 BBC

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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