BBC Careers Near Me – Production Manager

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About the job

Job Introduction

This is an exciting opportunity for a Production Manager to support the Pop Music TV Commissioning team at the BBC, to deliver a broad range of innovative music based commissions.

Under the leadership of Lorna Clarke, Director of Music, BBC Pop and Classical, the Pop Music TV Commissioning team will solely focus on popular music commissions, increasing its impact across all platforms to deliver a portfolio approach with our radio stations and increase habit with audiences.

The Pop Music team commissions a wide range of much-loved Programmes including documentary films, acquisitions, live performance and returning titles like Later with…Jools Holland and Glastonbury. The team is critical to delivering our strategy; responsible for both generating and developing bold ground-breaking ideas and working with independent production companies and collaborating with in house departments to commission content based on a understanding of audience needs and the genre.

As well as exploring opportunities and telling stories from the world’s most popular artists from the last 70 years, and broadcasting large scale event TV, the Pop Music team will shine a light on musicians who have enjoyed chart success in more recent years and explore subjects that will appeal to younger audiences.

We are also keen to broaden our range of documentaries through more investigative styles and documentaries with great access and a fantastic cast both in front and behind the camera, providing true authentic insight our expert audience cannot get elsewhere.

Role Responsibility

On a day to day basis the Production Manager will work closely with the Head of Music, Commissioners and be the line manager to the Commissioning Coordinator – a new role that joins the team in the coming weeks. This is a new department and the strategy is evolving and so this role will also evolve in the coming months requiring a successful candidate who is flexible and willing to pick up new tasks.

The team work closely with BBC Sounds, BBC Music Digital, Live Events, Radio, Online & Publicity to ensure the smooth delivery of projects, coordinating the multiplatform strategies to maximise the impact of the programmes.

The successful candidate will be expected to build and maintain a wide range of internal contacts from across the BBC. They will work in partnership with editorial colleagues to deliver outstanding, distinctive, multi-platform content by offering solutions and providing ways to realise editorial ambitions within financial constraints and have the ability to forward plan for the team longer term.

The successful candidate will be expected to keep across the slate and BBC Music finances and ensure proposals/new commissions are all accounted for in the forward planning meetings.

Please note that you may also be required to carry out additional duties on an ad-hoc basis. Please see the job description and appendix for the full scope of duties.

Are you the right candidate?

The ideal candidate would have a passion for music of all genres and music content on the BBC and proven experience in production management (in particular within a TV delivery environment).

We are looking in particular for individuals with experience of working on productions involving music events, radio and television production and who confidently know what considerations need to be made on various productions from initial pitching stage to confirming a commission through to delivery and post production.

The ideal candidate would have experience of managing production budgets and running regular reports and using business systems such as SAP/ACON, Silvermouse, (including building forms in Silvermouse for completion by Production Teams).

High attention to detail is essential for this role as the successful candidate will liaise with Finance/Accountants on a regular basis to ensure that money is being sent to the correct areas/with the correct values and to avoid accounting duplications.

The ideal candidate would have experience of leading teams, (Health & Safety,TV Delivery, IT support) as well as experience of internal and external stakeholder liaison.

The successful candidate will be expected to have an understanding of how content is delivered into various platforms and the processes involved with re-packaging and delivering content.

Confidentiality is a crucial aspect of this role and therefore the ideal candidate would have experience of dealing with confidential information or sensitive information that can’t be leaked into public domain.

The ideal candidate would have strong problem-solving skills and be adept at proactively looks for ways of improving efficiency. Self-initiative and forward planning is an essential part of the role so candidate must have good background knowledge of the BBC policies and work within BBC guidelines and frameworks and have the confidence to be a self starter.

Experience of Pitch and Commissioning Editorial Specification experience is required for this role.

Package Description

Band: D

Contract type: 1 x Attachment/Fixed Term Contract (Full or Part Time) to end February 2024

Location: London or Salford base

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 BBC

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

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.

Attached documents

  • Our BBC Values
  • Job Description – please see appendix for specifics to this role

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