Senior Head of Content Production

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

Job Introduction

BBC The Social, Radio Scotland’s Out for the Weekend, Sportscene and In Sight of Home: The Iolaire are just a taste of the content produced by BBC Scotland’s Multiplatform Production team over the past few months.  With the launch of our new BBC Scotland Channel in February and with one of our key priorities to do even more for local audiences, there is a strong momentum for change and delivery across Scotland and the other Nations and Regions.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Head of Content Production to join us.   This is a truly unique opportunity to lead, manage and develop BBC Scotland’s Multiplatform Production team.   You’ll have over-arching accountability for creating and leading a multi-genre production department which operates across multiple locations, is bi-lingual – there is even an orchestra!  You will also be an integral part of the BBC Scotland Executive Team with wider responsibility for BBC Scotland.

The Senior Head of Content Production leads five content production bases – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stornoway - with teams including Music Entertainment and Events, Digital, Sport, Gaelic, Speech and Topical and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Role Responsibility

Main Responsibilities

We are looking for you to develop and deliver the department’s strategy, driving value in programming to ensure the maximum return to the Audience.  You will provide strategic creative leadership, ensuring your teams present a range of innovative programme and content proposals to win commissions.   This includes leading teams to plan, pitch and deliver outstanding content, monitoring and critically reviewing audience figures and editorial/production quality in programme making, making appropriate recommendations as necessary.

Reporting to Director BBC Scotland, as a key member of our Scotland Executive team, you will play a pivotal role helping to provide outstanding values-based leadership to a wide range of teams across BBC Scotland.  You’ll gain significant exposure across the BBC and have the opportunity to firmly establish and align your team to achieve our ambitious plans.

You will build and nurture strategic partnerships with external organisations and internal stakeholders whilst representing the best interests of BBC Scotland (Multiplatform Productions) at all times.

The Ideal Candidate

To ensure success it is vital that you have experience in heading up large and complex teams and experience in driving and delivering strategic change. Audiences are at the heart of everything we do so you need to have a deep understanding of changing audience consumption patterns and show evidence of creating diverse content and developing new on-screen talent.

You will have sound editorial judgement and substantial experience at an executive level as a programme maker with a track record in delivering successful content across multiple platforms.  You should also have a commercial mindset with a thorough understanding of how BBC operates within the wider creative sector. 

We are looking for someone with a track record of delivering innovative content ahead of competitors and of fostering a risk-taking approach to programme-making while being an ambassador, not only for the BBC, but for the wider media sector forging strong relationships with local independent production companies and other partners.

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible, Scotland


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 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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