News is the BBC’s flagship service and its international calling card and it’s time to modernise the News Computer System which journalists use to create and deliver news. OpenMedia is the BBC’s new Newsroom Computer System, replacing ENPS. It will be rolled out to over 10,000 users across our Network News, English Regions, Nations, World Service Group and Sport, covering teams in the UK and based in international bureaux.
The current System ENPS was introduced over 20 years ago when journalists didn’t use the internet or email – since then our requirements have changed. We now need a newsroom computer system that supports our multiplatform working, enables mobile working, allows us to share and make the best use of all our content, and is also cost-effective.
OpenMedia will deliver the stability and reliability we have now, while giving us future freedom and flexibility. This will enable the BBC to support new, innovative ways of working in the future – and meet the continually-evolving business requirements of our digital age.
OpenMedia will be only the third newsroom computer system used by BBC News. We need to expertly manage the change from old to new so that News remains uninterrupted and we are looking for an experienced Project Manager to help us to do this.
The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.
Providing Project Management for the OpenMedia Training and Transition team, particularly with the creation, management and reporting of site transition plan activity. The main focus of transition is ensuring that business areas are prepared for the change to OpenMedia through communications, engagement and training activity. To deliver this safely for the BBC requires a significant amount of planning to ensure the new system is set up to match business requirements and that users understand what they need to do to go live. Planning is also required to ensure that editorial dependencies are managed and that users can dual run when some areas have moved to OpenMedia while others are still on ENPS.
The Ideal Candidate
You will be an experienced and proactive Senior Project Manager with some substantial projects under your belt, working on large and complex projects or leading on multiple projects or workstreams.
In addition you will have considerable experience in stakeholder management and leading teams along with demonstrable planning and estimating and risk management skills. As well as having excellent influencing, negotiating and communication skills, you will also need to have good analytical skills and have the ability to present information clearly.
Contract: 12 month Fixed Term Contract
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