Series Producer, The Watches BBC Studios NHU

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Job Introduction

The much-loved and award-winning sister brands of Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Winterwatch deliver live television events and strong social media content for the BBC throughout the year. 

Now in its 16th year, the brand has grown to represent the home of UK wildlife output on the BBC and is well respected in UK wildlife science and conservation communities, as well as attracting a loyal audience of amateur naturalists and nature enthusiasts.

The Series Producer will work closely with the Series Editor and Executive Producer to lead a large and diverse team, producing the highest quality programming on time and on budget.  They will play an active role in guiding the future of the brand, creating new ideas and guiding the editorial direction of the development of new projects.

Role Responsibility

The candidate needs to be highly creative and well organised. They should have excellent storytelling skills, visual flair and the ability to take an innovative and imaginative approach to deliver breath-taking content.

Alongside the Executive Producer, Series Editor and Production Manager, the Series Producer will be responsible for team building and attracting the best talent to work on the series. Having the skills to successfully lead and inspire a team is essential to the role.

Working collaboratively with the team, the Series Producer will be responsible for delivering the necessary editorial ambition. They will work closely with the Production Manager, Series Editor and Executive Producer on the delivery of the vision of the series on time and on budget. 

Overseeing health and safety on the series will be another major responsibility – filming could take place in some of the most challenging environments in the UK.

Alongside the senior team, the Series Producer must manage a variety of critical relationships – including those with commissioners, presenters, partners and with the digital team.

Ultimately, the role includes oversight of every stage of the production including research and pre-production, location filming, editing, scripting, final post-production, Live TX and publicity.

The Ideal Candidate

You will need evidence of being able to generate creative and original ideas that can be practically realised. This includes recognising and encouraging other people’s ideas and helping them achieve their full potential.

You will have demonstrable enthusiasm for the content area combined with a sound knowledge of Great British wildlife.

You will have a knowledge of the demands of fast turn-around and/or Live television disciplines.

You will have experience of working with high-profile presenters.

You will ensure the series is produced in a way that demonstrates sound editorial judgement based on an understanding of target audience, commissioners and controllers’ needs together with a thorough understanding of BBC editorial guidelines.

You will need to play an active and full role in the generation, creation and building of new ideas through development, and to take responsibility where appropriate for pitching and presenting them to the Channel in conjunction with the Series Editor and Executive Producer.

You will have experience of leading and motivating a large and diverse team by creating a vision for the series and inspiring others to realise it. You will provide a strong sense of direction and a supportive environment in which to work. This includes setting clear objectives, giving appropriate feedback and carrying out both project and annual PDRs.

You will have assisted in the recruitment of team members in conjunction with the Talent Team, Production Manager and Series Editor.

You will have experience of helping to set realistic budgets, manage them effectively and operate the most efficient ways of working, so that the live events remain within budget whilst delivering the maximum value to the audience and the BBC. You will be able to accurately assess the resources required in order to realise programme intentions within agreed financial constraints, anticipating problems and taking appropriate action.

You will be able to establish and successfully manage a broad range of relationships potentially with both on and off-screen talent and including, where appropriate, successfully managing relationships with the Watches key wildlife partners.

You will have a sound working knowledge of current production and post-production processes, techniques and technology. You will also have an interest in new tech which brings greater gloss to the screen.

You will have strong knowledge of editorial guidelines; awareness of relevant BBC and statutory policies and regulations; e.g., producers’ guidelines, impartiality guidelines, legal issues, health and safety regulations, artists’ rights, music copyright, insurance requirements, working with children etc.

Familiarity with BBC good employment practice and policies such as diversity, equal opportunities and fair selection.

Experience of building relationships with internal and external partners and of working collaboratively in a complex environment.

Understanding of the importance of digital technology and social media as part of the core brand offering.

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Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Fixed term/attachment
Location: Bristol

Start date: 6th April 2021

Interviews will be held via Zoom on 11th and 12th March 2021.

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.

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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