Managing Editor Sport

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Contract Type:
Permanent – Full Time
Contract Details:
Permanent - Full Time
within pay band
Working Hours:
35 hours per week
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BBC Region / Division:
Nations and Regions
BBC Business Unit:
N&R - Wales

Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

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

Contract Type: Permanent Full-Time

Contract: Continuing

Grade / Proposed Band:  Grade F

Job Introduction

BBC Cymru Wales Sport has a track record for developing and delivering distinctive and original output across digital platforms, radio and television - including brands such as BBC Sport Online, Scrum V, Y Clwb Rygbi, Elis James Feast of Football, Radio Wales Sport and Chwaraeon Radio Cymru.

The team is at the forefront of Sports journalism, combining comprehensive sports commentaries and coverage with exclusive story delivery, accompanied by accessible analysis and explanation of events.  It aims to deliver the highest-quality journalism and content to an increasingly diverse audience. 

Main Responsibilities

The Managing Editor will lead the department on a daily basis across all platforms and services; Digital, Radio and TV, ensuring creative and engaging content is delivered to our audiences, and ensuring we meet the BBC’s objective to reach wider and under-represented audiences.  The successful candidate will provide effective management of staff across all output areas, leading and encouraging close working relationships across all programme strands to maximise editorial impact.

The role requires working closely and cooperatively with other areas of BBC Cymru Wales, BBC Sport and BBC Nations and Regions to exploit opportunities, share ideas and resources and lead the strategic development and success of the department.  The post holder will also play a key role in BBC Wales’ Sports rights negotiations and be responsible for the financial management of the department while ensuring the output complies with BBC editorial standards.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience of managing and delivering Sport content (including major events) in an environment which specialises in high-pressure live broadcasting.
  • Excellent working knowledge of production processes and skills across all platforms and sports areas.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing strategies to improve workforce and on-air diversity.
  • Demonstrates sound editorial and policy decisions, including in-depth knowledge of Welsh sport.
  • Experience of leading large teams, including managing staff through major change.
  • Experience of working collaboratively with senior editorial figures and internal/external partnerships; demonstrating the ability to influence colleagues whose first priority is editorial rather than managerial. 
  • Proven ability to negotiate successfully, present information concisely and sell ideas, whilst maintaining trust and confidence.

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, sexuality, social 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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