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Team Assistant (Orchestra and Tours), BBC Symphony Orchestra

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

Job Introduction

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.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra is one of the UKs leading orchestras. It has played a central role at the heart of British musical life for over 75 years and has a high profile both in the UK and on the international stage. The BBC SO has an outstanding reputation for its performances of a wide range of music with particular emphasis on 20th century and contemporary music; each year giving the world premieres of a number of works commissioned by BBC Radio 3.

As the flagship orchestra of the BBC, the BBC SO makes at least a dozen appearances each year at the BBC Proms, including the First and Last Nights. All BBC SO concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving it the highest broadcast profile of any UK orchestra.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the Orchestra Personnel Manager, your main duties will include:

  • managing the payment process for freelance musicians employed by the Orchestra.
  • co-ordinating the process for the recruitment of staff players
  • providing support to the Tours Manager
  • providing administrative support to the Orchestra Manager and the Orchestra Personnel Manager
  • providing the main point of contact for and to assist with the management of the BBC SO / RCM Pathway Scheme

Please see the job description for the full scope of duties.

Are you the right candidate?

You will need to have a genuine interest in the work of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and preferably some experience of working in orchestral administration or a professional performing arts organisation. You will also need a good working knowledge of orchestral music and a strong practical musical education and background. You'll need to have good administration and IT skills including a familiarity with Microsoft Office Packages, especially Excel, with some knowledge of SAP, ACON ot OPAS (desirable). You'll also need to have good organisation skills, be able to prioritise workloads whilst under pressure and have good interpersonal skills with the ability to develop positive working relationships with a broad range of people

Package Description

Band:                  B
Contract type:     12 month attachment/fixed term contract
Location:             Maida Vale Studios, London


Interviews will take place on 24th June 2019

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 BBC

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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. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social 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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