Unit Manager - Natural History Unit

Job Introduction

The Natural History Unit is the world leader in natural history programming. This includes the outstanding landmark Seven Worlds One Planet, Dynasties and exceptional live events such as The Watches and Blue Planet Live. 

We are seeking a Unit Manager to provide strategic production management across our slate.

Role Responsibility

The Unit Manager will strategically oversee a portfolio of varied content from BBC Natural History Productions, from development to production and delivery. You’ll be responsible for overseeing the top line management of multiple series across our portfolio; monitoring budgetary status, reporting on profit and loss to the Production Executive, and Head of Production.

You will line manage a team of Production Managers, and as part of the Senior Management team assist in implementing staff and management strategies. You will provide leadership, guidance and regular feedback to the Production Management community, and be an ambassador for the aims and ambitions for the Natural History Unit as part of the BBC Studios Factual Department.

The Ideal Candidate

  • You’ll have extensive experience at Production Manager level and a demonstrable knowledge of international filming; combined with a broad knowledge of factual television production and working with and delivering to co-production partners.
  • You’ll need excellent communication skills and an ability to deal with a number of stakeholders at all levels.
  • You need to be able to work to a high level of detail in a fast-paced environment, be adaptable, work to challenging deadlines with a can-do attitude, and cope well under pressure while producing work to a high standard.
  • You’ll also be experienced at managing others - encouraging, creative, resilient - and will thrive in a busy production environment

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Fixed-Term - Full Time
Location: Bristol

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.

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.

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