Series Designer (EastEnders)

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

Job Introduction

Do you have experience as a Production Designer?  Passionate about Drama?  Then this is the role for you!

It's an exciting time to be part of our team with all of our award-winning Continuing Dramas that brings audiences together week after week.  From EastEnders, Doctors and Casualty to River City and Pobol y Cwm, our programmes remain a constant source of gripping entertainment, featuring cliff-hanger storylines and much-loved characters with whom our viewers have grown up.

EastEnders is the multi award winning soap broadcast four times a week on BBC ONE. It currently ranks as one of the most watched TV dramas in the UK tackling many controversial and taboo issues previously unseen on television in the UK. Through great writing and attention to detail the show manages to successfully balance gritty realism with high drama and entertainment to keep its millions of dedicated viewers coming back for more, on-screen and on-line, every week.

Our art department crew are full of talent and experience and as a team we all strive to ensure that EastEnders is full of creativity in every episode.

Role Responsibility

The Production Designer is responsible for the overall design budget and line management of design teams and the design and look of EastEnders, whilst liaising with other Heads of department to facilitate the smooth production and delivery programmes.

Your duties will include:-

  • Work with Producers to create an overview of the design of the programmes
  • Set and execute a fiscal plan, considering headcount and workforce planning to achieve production goals, editorial and creative vision within assigned budget
  • Manage the overall design budget and keep the Line Producer and Production Accountant abreast of costs with regular budget updates
  • Manage, lead and develop a large, diverse high performing Design Team and Department
  • Be responsible for creating a positive working environment for colleagues from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences
  • Oversee the design, cost and build of new sets
  • Liaise with Production Managers to plan any specific requirements to facilitate efficient scheduling or any particular needs and requirements for the team
  • Liaising with external companies as required in line with BBC Policies
  • Other duties as reasonably required by your line manager
  • Overall responsibility for the maintenance and improvement of existing sets in continuing series and backlot areas within the studios
  • Responsibility for the recruitment of all design personnel, scheduling of the teams and ensure appropriate scheduling of working time leave
  • Manage training within the department such as manual handling, Safe Construction and design, food hygiene and other health and safety courses

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following;

  • Experience as a Series Designer or Production Designer
  • A wide-ranging knowledge of television production processes with a demonstratable and thorough understanding of continuing drama and the jobs roles and resource personnel engaged to complete the production
  • Effective negotiating and management skills
  • Demonstratable experience of leading and motivating large multicamera teams
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to clearly communicate with colleagues and to foster effective working relationships with a wide range of production and non-production personnel, internal and external to the BBC
  • The ability to clearly communicate vision and goals which inspire and generate innovative ideas and approaches to translate these into practical realities within varying and often tight time frames
  • Thorough knowledge of health and safety protocols and qualified in risk assessment
  • Valid driving licence


Package Description

Contract:                             22 Months FTC / Attachment

Band:                                    D

Location:                              BBC Elstree

PLEASE NOTE: Interviews will take place on Monday 30th of May 2022

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  • 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.

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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. 

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