Senior Head of Content Production

Job Introduction

Our Multiplatform Productions team is one of Scotland’s leading creative businesses, with an unparalleled range of capabilities across genres and languages.

We make content for BBC services including Radio Scotland and Radio nan Gàidheal, BBC ALBA and the BBC Scotland channel, iPlayer, Sounds, network Radio and BBC One.

Our team works across Music, Entertainment and Events, Sport, Speech and Topical programming,  Digital content, Gaelic productions and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Head of Content Production to join us as the creative leader of this team. You’ll have over-arching accountability for leading and developing a multi-genre creative business which operates across multiple locations, is bi-lingual and extends from short form digital content to world class music performance.

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 production bases – Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Stornoway.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for you to develop and deliver the team’s strategy, driving audience value across the range of content creation.  You will provide strategic creative leadership, ensuring your teams develop a range of innovative content, collaborate across specialisations and meet the briefs of BBC services. You will drive diversity and representation of all audiences through our output and workforce and be financially accountable for your area of responsibility.

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 creative professionals 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.

The Ideal Candidate

To ensure success it is vital that you have experience in heading up 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 in content production, with a track record in delivering content across several platforms.  You should also have a commercial mindset with a thorough understanding of the wider creative industry.

We are looking for someone with a track record of delivering innovative content, of fostering a risk-taking approach to programme-making while being an ambassador for the BBC and the wider creative sector in Scotland.


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

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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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