Director of Production, Drama - BBC Studios

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Job Reference: BBC/TP/613137/50135
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Permanent – Full Time
Salary: 0.00 - 0.00
Working Hours: Production Hours
Closing Date: 09/08/2020
Job Category: Content Production
BBC Region / Division: BBC Studios
BBC Business Unit: Studios - Scripted
Location: London

Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: Permanent 
Location: TVC, London

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.

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios is a powerhouse of bold British television, leading the way in creative storytelling. We already produce 2500+ hours of content every year and we are growing.

We have an exciting new opportunity to join the fantastic creative teams as we look to hire an outstanding Director of Production for the Drama Department. We believe this is one of the very best senior production roles across the UK Drama space and offers a huge breadth of variety for someone with a wealth of production experience, who can help us deliver an ambitious range of dramas.

The Drama Department is a leading production company with passionate programme makers at its centre.


We bring over fifty years’ experience finding powerful stories, building brands and creating television franchises audiences around the world love. We work with the best international talent to create, develop and produce popular, innovative, award-winning television drama.


Our expertise and ambition have launched critically acclaimed powerhouse brands like Doctor Who and Luther as well as iconic dramas from the ground-breaking Criminal Justice (adapted for HBO as The Night Of) and Three Girls, to more recent successes We Hunt Together (for UKTV & Showtime) and provocative single drama The Left Behind.

BBC Studios’ history, scale and world-class distribution arm means it is uniquely positioned to be the most ambitious and diverse drama producer in the UK.

Our mission is to create magnetic shows that cut through to all audiences and work on the global stage, to find voices unheard and stories untold; to bring distinctive drama to the forefront of the global cultural conversation. We work in partnership with some of the world’s most creative minds – whether new or established writers, directors, on-screen talent — to deliver bold British drama at its very best.

Main Responsibilities

Supporting the Head of Drama, the Director of Production will run the production department, making sure programmes are delivered on time and on budget. With the Director of Current, they will work on shows in the later stages of development, and throughout the production process to  maximise quality, both in creative and operational terms, and ensure the BBC maintains the highest international standards of practice.

As a senior leader, they will assist the Head of Drama in aspects of corporate governance and policy where required, navigating the BBC’s decision making structure to create maximum effectiveness in delivering the programme-making ambitions of the department.

This is a hands-on job that combines management with programme-making and exceptional communication skills.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have an outstanding track record, and deep experience, of production management, matched with commercial acumen and the ability to marshal the production operations of a rapidly-expanding business. You will be able to robustly negotiate the structures of a large business in order to deliver rapid, practical outcomes for programme makers. You will have a proven record in successfully managing productions of differing scale, including international co-productions, and be able to combine excellent senior crew relationships with significant experience at senior executive level.

With experience gained both domestically and internationally, you will know what it is to lead and develop inclusive teams across a number of bases, coupled with extensive experience of the production process, P&L management and Production Health & Safety.

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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