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Bureau Manager, Sao Paulo

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Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences.  It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of over 320 million globally, including TV, digital platforms including social media, AM, FM, shortwave, digital satellite and cable channels.

We are recruiting a Bureau Manager in Sao Paulo, this is an exciting opportunity for an experienced manager to join the team in Brazil.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to the International Manager North America, you will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the Sao Paulo Bureau finances and administration.

The key task of this role is to provide efficient functioning of the office (administration, technology, staffing, business relationships and other aspects that may be required for the smooth day-to-day operation), and to give reliable support to the editorial activity of the Sao Paulo Bureau by supervising these areas for all divisions, in compliance with the strategic priorities of all parts of the business. You will have to work with the International Operations and International Bureau Finance (IBF) teams, as well as local suppliers where necessary. You will be responsible for financial control, the administration of strategic initiatives, and best practice in the Sao Paulo bureau. This will involve oversight of the preparation of timely, accurate and relevant financial information relating to the Sao Paulo bureau as well as to partnerships.

You will be responsible for timely and effective day-to-day co-operation between the Bureau and the relevant authorities in Sao Paulo, ensuring best practice in the BBC’s compliance with local regulations governing such areas as financial, tax, media and employment law.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Fluent spoken and written English and Portuguese; excellent communications skills and ability to manage remote communication effectively.
  • Experience of supporting and delivering to strategic objectives.
  • Sound book keeping experience: working with budgets; preparing financial reports; advising managers of cost issues; good working knowledge of SAP and/or relevant accounting software.
  • Thorough knowledge of local tax, commercial, media, labour and safety legislation.
  • Experience of managing and motivating a team; strong personal skills and confidence in communicating with people at all levels and from different backgrounds.
  • Experience of stakeholder and crisis management.
  • Excellent negotiating and influencing skills, with demonstrated experience of negotiating contracts with external suppliers and partners.
  • Demonstrated experience of introducing new, flexible and efficient working practices.
  • Demonstrable ability to handle pressure, meet tight deadlines; to prioritise work and to confidently delegate authority; to manage several projects at the same time.
  • Excellent IT skills, with advanced knowledge of and programmes such as Excel, Word and Outlook, as well as the ability to become proficient in internal BBC technology systems.
  • A lively interest in the broadcast news, online news and wider media environment and appreciation of the particular demands it may place on financial and administrative work.
  • A knowledge of Brazilian media scene and future trends; sensitivity to and awareness of the role of international broadcasters in Brazil.
  • Good analytical skills.
  • Ability to work unsupervised in a busy and pressurised environment.
  • Good working knowledge of Health and Safety procedures.

Package Description

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Contract: 6 Months (local terms and conditions apply)

Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in Brazil


About the Company

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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