Executive Editor (Sport)

Job Reference: BBC/TP/454464/35077
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent
Contract Details: Continuing
Salary: Competitive
Working Hours: 35
Closing Date: 17/02/2019
Job Category: Content Production
BBC Region / Division: Northern Ireland
BBC Business Unit: N&R - Northern Ireland
Location: Belfast

Package Description

Contract type: Continuing
Location: Belfast

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

Job Introduction

BBC NI Content Production is undergoing significant strategic and organisational change, to respond to evolving audience needs. The new Content Production Department structure is not a new set of silos, or stand-alone units - but rather parts of a single department with slightly differentiated targets and priorities.

We are seeking to appoint an Executive Editor for Sport, who will be one of a small number of key creative leaders working with the Head of Content Production, and other Executive Editors, as collaborative, ambitious and robust senior team. This individual needs to be a resilient, highly effective, influencer, at various levels, both within the Content Production structure, and also within the broader BBC structures, and with external stakeholders.

The new structure reflects our mission to inform, educate and entertain all audiences, to deliver our public purposes. We have to realign our focus to ensure we reach and serve younger audiences online whilst also ensuring we continue to serve our loyal audiences on traditional channels (Radio/TV).  We therefore must take creative risks and refresh some of our content to appeal more to young audiences (16 – 34) - reinventing the BBC for a new generation. 

Main Responsibilities

The Executive Editor for Sport will have responsibility for driving new and existing cross-platform content and franchises in the Sport genre. This includes all live coverage and news content on TV, Radio and Digital, along with sports-themed programming with a magazine or documentary or other format.

This Executive will ensure that the Sport organisational unit works effectively, unlocking the potential of each individual member of staff, in a healthy, supportive and open working environment. The Executive will also manage internal and external stakeholder relationships in a proactive and effective manner, chiefly with the News department, and with Sports rights bodies and individual teams and sportspeople.

Are you the right candidate?

As the ideal candidate for this role you will have significant editorial and journalistic experience across multiple platforms along with senior Leadership Experience including heading up large and complex teams. You will have extensive experience in stakeholder management and collaborative influencing at senior executive level along with experience of leading strategic change; leading innovation and creativity. An understanding of the Sport Industry is imperative, along with an understanding of digital, radio and TV production workflows including social media.

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We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

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