Senior Lawyer, part time 3 days per week FTC

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios’ goal is to inspire global audiences with world-class content that informs, educates and entertains.  In 2018/19 it generated revenues of approximtely £1.4bn, returning £243m to the BBC Public Service. Globally, through its distribution business, BBC Studios trades in over 200 territories, licensing content to broadcast customers, on demand platforms, home entertainment distributors and running  BBC-branded channels and on-demand services. 

We are seeking a Senior Lawyer for a part time Maternity contract, 3 days per week for 12 months.  This role will support the Business & Legal Affairs team, providing commercial, business and legal affairs support required by the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.

Reporting into the VP, Head of Business & Legal Affairs, you will be a trusted and key advisor to the sales and management teams in the region in addition to the EMEA BLA team. Delivering first hand, first class business and legal affairs support on matters of key strategic, financial and reputational importance to the business, you’ll ensure that the highest standards of corporate governance, risk management and compliance with law, policy and regulation are observed at all times.

Role Responsibility

Supporting the business in the execution of the region’s commercial strategy.

Supporting deal structuring and contractual negotiation in relation to the full breadth and depth of the business in the region (by geography and/or area of business operation which currently include  channels distribution, television sales and co-production, digital distribution, DVD distribution, merchandising, format sales, publishing, live events, etc) to support delivery of business objectives.

Managing risk, to ensure first class corporate governance and protection of the BBC's brand and reputation, both through the provision of advice but also through the implementation of efficient and effective processes.

Ensure compliance with all of the BBC policies and procedures and relevant legislation and regulation (including, for example, fair trading, anti-fraud and corruption, editorial, ethical and environmental, etc).

Provision of excellent drafting, negotiating and management of contracts with customers and suppliers in a timely and effective way to deliver the best outcome for BBC Studios.

Deliver timely and high quality legal advice to the business (evaluating facts and applying knowledge while recognising the focus of the business) all in a practical and commercially focussed way in relation to all relevant matters to reduce risk, resolve issues and maximise the opportunity for the business to deliver on its goals.

Liasing and working effectively with the rest of the business and legal affairs team in the region and with other parts of the business and legal affairs function in BBC Studios (e.g. in relation to content investment, marketing, brand protection, collective rights management, commercial policy, company secretarial, data protection, information security, corporate matters, etc).  

The Ideal Candidate

At BBC Studios, we seek people who are passionate about who we are and what we do.

The successful candidate will hold a legal qualification and have 5-6 years PQE and possess substantial relevant experience from the technology, media, telecoms and/or IP sectors are preferable, general commercial experience is also relevant. Strong experience in and understanding  of promoting risk management, compliance and good corporate governance.


You’ll be confident in forging effective working relationships with members of the business team including management, some of whom are located in offices outside of the UK i.e. Germany. With excellent drafting and negotiation skills with solid understanding of contract, commercial and intellectual property law. You’ll demonstrate a passionate understanding of standard commercial and legal arrangements among producers of content, broadcasters, television platforms and non-linear video on demand and OTT platforms. With a flexible working style and a ‘can do’ attitude you’ll be accomplished at adapting your style for your audience.

Package Description

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

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from under represented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  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.  

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.   

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please visit our website.

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