Unit Manager, BBC World Service Documentary Investigation Unit

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Job Introduction

BBC News & Current Affairs produces some of the most high-impact, original, and award-winning content in the BBC. Our programmes and documentaries TX on the BBC, iPlayer, BBC World, via our global broadcast partners and on digital platforms.

We are looking to recruit an experienced Unit Manager for the BBC World Service Documentary Investigation Unit to start in September.

It’s an exciting opportunity to be part of a new team working on original documentaries and content being produced on some really interesting stories and challenging countries.

 The unit is made possible by new funding from the Foreign Office and this team brings together the unique insight of World Service Languages with the best innovation in digital story-telling in BBC News.


Recent films include:


BBC iPlayer Russian Assassins:


BBC World News China’s Silenced Feminist:


BBC Two Russia Torture Prisons:

Role Responsibility

  • Working closely with the editorial leads to manage the day-to-day operations of the unit and ensuring that resources and editorial aspirations are aligned.
  • Being responsible for accurate budgeting, scheduling and feasibility planning and in implementing new systems and processes in a busy production area.
  • Line managing a production management team including production coordinators and a production management assistant.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Substantial experience of working at Production Manager level across a range of productions delivering to multiple platforms.
  • Recent knowledge of undercover filming, foreign filming and high risk productions
  • Solid business and finance skills, specifically in managing a large portfolio
  • Highly developed organisational and planning skills - able to schedule and prioritise people and activities
  • Successfully implement new workflows and processes and to remain calm under pressure or in changing circumstances.
  • Proven ability to line manage a production management team and work within a large unit with a year-round Production and Delivery schedule.


Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Freelance /Attachment - initially three months
Location: New Broadcasting House, London, W1A 1AA and remote (hybrid working)

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.

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