Senior Content Producer, BBC Sounds Curation

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

BBC Sounds is our personalised app and website which brings together the BBC's music, radio and podcasts all in one place. We launched BBC Sounds just over a year ago and already it has around 3 million weekly users.

BBC Sounds gives us opportunities to curate and commission content in new ways for all of our audiences; and growing BBC Sounds, alongside BBC iPlayer, is a key priority for the BBC. We have ambitious goals, world class commissioning teams, distinctive new audio content, and more innovative product developments still to come. So it's an exciting time to join the team.

Role Responsibility

You will be working alongside the Head of Curation to create, communicate, distribute and implement the BBC Sounds curation plans. You will work in collaboration with the Content Strategy Manager to ensure quotas are met. You'll build relationships with content makers and various stakeholders to source and surface the right content to relevant audiences. You will also be required to work with editorial and digital product teams to define how content is presented to audiences.

This role may be required to be on call out of hours.

Please see the full job description/appendix for the full scope of duties.

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following skills and abilities:

  • Managerial experience essential
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent organisation skills and the ability to prioritise effectively in a fast moving environment.
  • Curation or Scheduling experience would be beneficial
  • Background in journalism or editorial production desirable
  • Experience using data analytics tools and interpreting statistics
  • Experience of delivering in a pressurised environment
  • Understanding of the audio industry and a love of audio content
  • A strong editorial background (e.g. experience of commissioning, producing or editing content)
  • Knowledge of speech genres for live radio and podcasts
  • Understanding of digital platforms and products across the worldwide marketplace, particularly in audio.
  • A depth of knowledge in digital products and a understanding of the competitive landscape in audio.
  • Understanding of algorithmic recommendations and other forms of personalised content
  • Ability to work collaboratively is essential, with both internal and external stakeholders, and the ability to manage stakeholders with competing priorities and strong opinions
  • Exceptional people skills –an ability to flex communication style in order to get the best out of a wide audience of experts in the fields of commissioning, curation and marketing
  • Ideally, experience of aggregating content from a wide range of disparate sources to create an experience for audiences that they value and return to regularly

Package Description

Band:                  D
Contract type:     Continuing contract
Location:             Quay House, MediaCityUK, Salford

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

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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