Series Costume Designer (Doctors)

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

Job Introduction

With over 350 hours of in-house output a year, BBC Studios Scripted (Drama) makes some of the most original, diverse and highly acclaimed television. These range from continuing drama such as Casualty, EastEnders, Holby City, and Doctors, Daytime dramas including Father Brown and Shakespeare and Hathaway, to series and serials such as Silent Witness and Luther  to name just a few! 

Working to the Executive, Series and Line Producer, the Series Costume Designer (SCD) will be responsible for the overall budget and line management of the Costume Department.

The post holder will take responsibility for the overall costume design and implementation for the principals, guests and supporting artistes on Doctors.

The SCD will be expected to liaise with other Heads of Department to facilitate the smooth production and delivery of each episode.  

Role Responsibility


  • To manage and lead the Costume Department in line with BBC values.
  • To manage both the Costume budget and the budget for the Costume personnel and keep the Line Producer and Production accountant abreast of costs with regular budget updates.
  • To liaise with Production Manager to plan any specific requirements for the team or episodes.


  • To liaise with the Executive and Series Producer in order to create an overview of the Costume Design of Doctors.
  • To maintain the look of the regular artistes, creating and establishing the look of new characters to the programme. 
  • To have a creative overview of all blocks, in addition to designing their own blocks.


  • To take responsibility for the recruitment of Costume personnel.
  • To schedule the Costume team balancing artistic ambition with budget management, and ensuring that Working time leave is scheduled appropriately
  • To manage training within the department to ensure compliance with mandatory training policies.
  • In line with the ethos of Doctors, to foster a team where training and development of the team is supported and encouraged and to actively recruit at least one new trainee per year

The Ideal Candidate

It’s really important you have the necessary skills we’re looking for.  Can you demonstrate:

  • Experience as a Costume Designer preferably within Scripted, on a continuing series
  • A wide ranging knowledge of television production processes, preferably gained within Scripted drama, and an understanding of the jobs of programme and resource personnel engaged to complete the production.
  • Proven ability to work to and manage a given budget
  • Ability to influence and resolve differences in professional opinions, particularly where conflict may exist. Resilience and stamina sufficient to sustain performance when under pressure from tight schedules.
  • Effective negotiating and management skills; and experience of leading and motivating teams. Encourage staff creativity. 
  • Proven ability to construct effective design teams, taking into account relative strengths/weaknesses.
  • Knowledge of the internal and external resources/facilities market, sufficient to enable informed and cost-effective contractual decisions to be made.
  • Evidence of interpersonal and communication skills sufficient to establish credibility with colleagues and to foster effective working relationships with a wide range of production and non-production personnel, internal and external to the BBC.
  • Effective time-management and self-scheduling abilities.
  • Awareness of the skills and abilities of professionals within the costume design/fashion industries. 
  • Awareness of corporate conditions of service, equal opportunities and health & safety policies, Editorial Guidelines, contracts, and relevant trade union agreements.
  • Ability to keep abreast of professional, technological and working practice changes
  • Good working knowledge of Health and Safety and experience in running a department that adheres to this working practice.  
  • A good working knowledge of COSHH.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: 1 year FTC/ Attachment from March 2021
Location: Birmingham

*Please note that this is a standard Studios Production contract and potentially can involve up to 55 hours per week

**A generic job description is attached.  Please refer to the advert for the specific skills and experience required for this role**

  • 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.

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


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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