Staff Writer

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Job Reference: BBC/TP/1733058/45541
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Contract Details: Continuing
Salary: within grade
Working Hours: 35
Closing Date: 13/11/2019
Job Category: Content Production
BBC Region / Division: BBC Studios Distribution
BBC Business Unit: Studios Distribution – Content
Location: London

Package Description

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 Studios is a global creative powerhouse for the development, production and distribution of bold, British, content. We produce over 2,500 hours of content per year, operate in 22 markets globally and generate revenue of £1.4bn, returning around £200m profit to BBC public Service each year. In the UK, BBC Studios enables audiences to enjoy their favourite BBC programmes and brands outside the licence fee-funded window on alternative platforms, through a range of partnerships, and in multiple formats, from products and magazines to events and experiences.

TopGear.com, the digital platform of the world famous motoring brand, is looking for a talented new staff writer to join the team and play a key role in creating the authoritative, funny and exclusive news and feature content for which Top Gear is renowned.

Please note that applications will only be considered if a short piece of writing is attached, as outlined in the application.

Main Responsibilities

The Staff Writer will source, write and publish multiple news stories on a range of topics on a daily basis to TopGear.com, often to tight deadlines. You will be responsible for generating ideas on how to grow the TopGear.com audience, along with writing and publishing features online. You will work with the Top Gear social media team working to identify and analyse data trends around news and trending topics and propose new story and feature ideas based on this.

In this role you will also need to research, resize and publish imagery related to all stories. You will keep the content management system up to date by uploading news, features and car reviews from the wider Top Gear editorial team. You will also assist the editorial team in management of the car reviews database, ensuring all data and imagery is up to date and correct.

Are you the right candidate?

The successful candidate will have the ability to write quickly and accurately, with a humorous tone. You will be working with deadlines frequently throughout the day, and therefore the ability to work under pressure is essential.

You will have proven experience writing for consumer-facing, online outlets and a qualification in journalism would be advantageous.

This role would suit someone with an interest in and knowledge of automotive culture, who is enthusiastic about this subject. Knowledge of Photoshop would be beneficial, as would experience of working on content management systems.

You will need strong communication skills with the ability to work with people from all levels, both internally and externally.

About the BBC

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from under represented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

BBC Studios, a global content company with British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. Formed in April 2018 by the merger of BBC Worldwide and BBC Studios, it spans content financing, development, production, sales, branded services and ancillaries. BBC Studios’ award-winning British programmes are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms. It has offices in 22 markets globally, including six production bases in the UK and production bases and partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which makes 2500 hours of content a year, is a champion for British creativity around the world and a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector. BBC Studios has revenue of £1.4bn, and returns around £200m to the BBC Group annually, complementing the BBC’s licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  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.  

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.   

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please visit our website.