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Senior Head of Commissioning

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Job Introduction

BBC Scotland is an integral part of the Scottish media landscape producing content in English and Gaelic, in all genres across television, radio and online. It is the leading provider of news and current affairs coverage in Scotland. We drive innovation and creativity, ensuring our audience is at the heart of everything we do. Now, more than ever, we must be responsive to our audience and create content which truly reflects our society delivering the best value for our licence fee payers across Scotland. We are entering a new era with a newly appointed Director General in place. This has helped us to renew our focus to create a leaner, transformed and modern organisation. 

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Head of Commissioning to join us. Reporting to the Director of BBC Scotland, this role will commission a full range of informative, educative and entertaining content, embracing innovation and challenge across all genres and platforms, to truly represent our audience across the breadth of Scotland.   

Simply put, this role will help enable content-makers across the creative sector to reflect and engage modern Scotland in all its diversity. 

Role Responsibility

As Senior Head of Commissioning you’ll spearhead the Executive Team in devising the content strategy for BBC Scotland. You’ll have full accountability for delivering this strategy and agreeing editorial priorities across all platforms. You will also drive business development and BBC Scotland’s commercial strategy for content; developing new and existing external partnerships and opportunities to attract external funding.  

For the BBC to continually make impact in Scotland and further afield, we must represent all of our audiences whilst stimulating the creative economy.  Collaborations and co-commissions with Network colleagues and counterparts across Nations will be core to driving portrayal and a range of high quality content across the genres. These relationships will enable us to develop a sustainable business model and reflect the diverse make up of our society both on and off-screen. 

Are you the right candidate?

It is imperative you have sound editorial judgement, a good knowledge of audiences and the content they love as well as the issues affecting the media industry. You will be a strong communicator and act as an ambassador, not only for BBC Scotland; but for the wider media sector forging strong relationships with local independent production companies, BBC Studios and other partners.

A recognised creative leader, ideally you’ll have significant experience gained in a range of content creation environments with a track record of delivering exceptional programming. You will have the credibility and experience to manage a diverse portfolio and demonstrate the ambition, insight and creativity to deliver significant audience impact.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Glasgow

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

About the BBC

The British Broadcasting Corporation is the world’s leading public service broadcaster and occupies a special place in the cultural life of the UK. It’s mission is defined by Royal Charter: to act in the public interest, serving all audiences through the provision of impartial, high-quality and distinctive output and services which inform, educate and entertain.

The BBC is funded largely by the licence fee, which is supplemented by revenue from the BBC’s commercial operations. It seeks to deliver distinctive content that fulfils its public purposes and it does this through award-winning television, radio, news and online services that cater to all audiences, in the UK and globally

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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