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Head of Production – BBC Studios Audio
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Head of Production – BBC Studios Audio


Posted 5 months ago

  • Editorial, Production & Programming
  • Permanent – Full Time
  • London, GB, W12 7FA
  • BBC Studios Productions


Job Package

  • Band: F
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Location: London (with travel to Bristol and Salford bases)

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Job Introduction

We have an exciting opportunity to recruit for a Head of Production for the newly formed Audio Unit in BBC Studios. This senior production management role, working in partnership with the Director of Audio, the Commercial & Business Development Director and Senior Editorial colleagues,  will manage a newly formed audio production business, delivering content to the BBC, Audible, Apple and elsewhere. The Head of Production will play a key role in the leadership of this unit, with line management responsibility for a production management team across London, Bristol and Salford.

This is a critical role in overseeing the delivery of a breadth of outstanding content, from impactful investigative serials such as Believe In Magic and Things Fell Apart; long running prestige Radio 4 series such as Desert Island Discs and In Our Time; and an extensive slate of award-winning Comedy and Drama output.  The Audio Unit has a mission to create and deliver compelling, premium audio to a wide-ranging global audience.

Main Responsibilities

The role has specific responsibility for financial management and delivery of productions, Health & Safety and for the quality and efficiency of production management processes.

  • Implement production strategy, providing excellent leadership to the Production Management team
  • Working in close partnership with editorial colleagues to oversee a pipeline of programmes and development ideas
  • Responsible for consistency of approach in managing productions, sharing knowledge and best practice across the company, working in close collaboration with other Heads of Production
  • Deliver significant input into decisions regarding the financial and operational performance of all productions
  • Responsible for the financial performance of a P&L, managing an annual overhead budget and profit margin
  • Negotiate and oversee budgets ensuring quality and maximising project value, ensuring margins are built in and delivered
  • Implementing the Diversity and Inclusion strategy for the business unit, making sure all direct reports understand it
  • Responsible for ensuring development teams are provided with up-to-date buyer price point information, and supported to ensure proposals are aligned with available funds, realistic timescales and opportunities for commercial exploitation
  • Responsible for planning and managing relevant capacity in line with strategic objectives
  • Jointly accountable with senior editorial colleagues for ensuring an understanding of, and compliance with, relevant policies, guidelines, legislative and regulatory requirements (with particular emphasis on Health & Safety, Risk Management and BBC Editorial Policy), in order to minimise the risk to BBC Studios
  •  Accountable for ensuring production teams have clear understanding of timescale, rights and clearances required on each project
  •  Responsible for allocation of funds in line with the budget: approving, setting, reviewing and monitoring costs and forecasts to ensure effective risk management of spend
  •  Ensure all Audio governance is adhered to – including greenlight, start-up and any HR or legal approvals
  • Responsible for leading or supporting negotiations for on-air talent and key contributors where necessary
  • Ensure adequate training, development and performance management arrangements are in place for the production management team
  • Foster close working relationships with Editorial, Commercial, Business Affairs, HR and Talent Teams

Are you the right candidate?

  • This role would suit an experienced Production Executive with at least 3 years’ experience in a senior role leading a team
  • Can demonstrate excellent external and internal relationship-building
  • A track record of budgeting and managing complex output with significant duty of care considerations, complex deliveries and multiple stakeholders
  • Be fully networked with an in-depth knowledge of the freelance production talent market
  • Excellent leadership, communication and performance management skills with experience of leading and managing teams across a broad range of output and locations
  • Driven, ambitious person with commitment to collaboration, diversity and inclusion
  • Extensive experience of leading end-to-end production management
  • Excellent technical knowledge and understanding of production processes and workflows
  • Proven experience of long-term planning and management around complex schedules and budgets
  • Extensive experience of managing and monitoring Health & Safety on productions
  • A leader with strong commercial instincts and a decisive and strategic mind
  • Assertive and influential whilst having empathy for the needs of the others; committed to building a positive and creative team culture
  • Substantial and up-to-date knowledge of the audio market and audio platform trends
  • Experience of integrating sustainable working practices into productions

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This job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.



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