Head of Children’s Commissioning and Acquisitions (0-6), BBC (BB-EDE01)

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Head of Children’s Commissioning and Acquisitions (0-6), BBC Children's and Education Job Reference: BBC/TP/228711/52074 Number of Positions: 1 Contract Type: Permanent Contract Details: 1 x continuing contract Salary: Within job pay range Closing Date: 21/02/2021 Job Category: BBC Region / Division: Radio and Education BBC Business Unit: Location: MediaCityUK, Salford Package Description Band: FContract type: 1 x continuing (permanent) contractLocation: MediaCityUK, Salford (open to discussions around splitting time between locations) 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 18 th  March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to Job Introduction The BBC is the leading Children's broadcaster in the UK. We are proud of the award-winning content we make across all platforms. BBC Children's & Education is committed to offering the best cross-platform and on-demand service for all UK children, providing a trusted environment which is enriching, enabling and relevant to the under 12's. Our content seeks to entertain, inform and empower children, adding real value to their lives. Reporting to the Director of Children’s and Education, this role will be one of two Lead Commissioners (the other focusing on the 7-12 age group), and a key role within the BBC Children’s and Education Senior Management Team. The role will be accountable for championing audience needs and making market-leading Commissions and Acquisitions (from both in-House Production teams and the Independent Sector), and for delivering outstanding content, products and onscreen talent across all media for all 0-6 audiences. Main Responsibilities This role will work closely with the Director of Children’s and the broader Children’s and Education leadership team to formulate the content strategy and editorial priorities for Children’s (0-6) and to commission and acquire high quality content which optimises return on investment and delivers enhanced audience engagement. Key specific responsibilities will include: To lead the BBC Children’s Commissioning and Acquisitions teams - content focused on Kids between ages of 0 and 6 years old. To manage the creative direction, rights requirements and budgets of all Commissioning and Acquisitions for our K0-6 slate (in collaboration with senior colleagues, Business Affairs and Channel Management teams) To oversee all content projects delivered by International and/or UK Independent Production Companies and BBC Children’s Inhouse - from pre-production to the finished product. Working closely with the Senior Commissioning Editor (Head of Commissioning and Acquisitions) for K7-12, to be responsible for sourcing world class content for K0-6 to feature on our channels CBeebies and/or iPlayer which complements the commissioning choices for CBBC and/or iPlayer for K7-12. Working closely with programming planning and channel management to determine and deliver on BBC’s K0-6 content needs for our various owned and operated linear and VOD platforms. To engender and maintain a healthy working relationship with the Independent sector and BBC Children’s Inhouse Productions and ensure our dealings are fair, reputable and timely. Be responsible for ensuring that the editorial content of all commissions, acquisition pre-buys and co-productions complies with the BBC’s editorial standards and guidelines. Contribute to business and commercial processes including deal structure, negotiation, budget planning and scheduling in liaison with relevant BBC Inhouse Departments, International and UK Independent Production Companies. Represent BBC Children’s content to the Inhouse, Indie sector and Global marketplace, communicating the needs of our UK audience. Work closely with UK and International Independent Companies and Inhouse Production to generate and develop programme ideas that meet the needs of the CBBC audience. Lead and engage a small team to ensure all leadership activities are performed to a high standard and are in line with the broader strategy Are you the right candidate? We’re looking for somebody with a deep understanding of both the UK and the global children’s media landscape, paired with significant broadcast and acquisitions experience in the children’s sector. You should have a track record of acquiring or commissioning inspirational and engaging programme and interactive content which fires the imaginations of young audiences and enables them to understand, consolidate, and develop their understanding of the world. A diverse appeal should be integral to your commissioning approach, keeping audience need at the heart of everything you do. You should have sufficient commercial and business experience to contribute to negotiations in multiple territories, and to confidently tackle a range of complex agreements in order to clear the way for production. You should also have impeccable editorial judgement and the ability to make balanced and objective decisions based on a thorough understanding of the target children’s audience, editorial guidelines and programme and departmental objectives. This remit should extend beyond the commissioning and acquisitions phase. You will have the ability to follow the production process from development to delivery, and provide guidance as required. Finally, you should be a skilled and inspirational leader, with the ability to motivate and get the best out of not only your own team, but others around you. Please note that you will be asked to provide a CV and a short covering letter by way of application for this vacancy. These will form the basis on which we assess your application, so please ensure you highlight, as far as possible, all of the skills and experience which we’ve talked about above. 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

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