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Junior Production Manager

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Job Introduction

BBC Arabic provides news, current affairs and programmes on Radio, TV and Online to Arabic speaking audiences in the Middle East and across the world, 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

The output is modern in style and outlook and adheres to BBC values of accuracy and impartiality. It has broad appeal, free from commercial, political and religious affiliations or pressures.

BBC Arabic reaches a weekly audience of approximately 44 million across platforms and provides one quarter of output across the entire World Service. An innovative and forward thinking department which not only caters for MENA region but also has solid partnerships across the BBC and external organisations.

Role Responsibility

As Junior Production Manager within BBC Arabic you will be the first point of production management contact for Senior editorial members of the team and effective running of the Arabic Documentaries portfolio. This includes approximately 12-15 original investigative documentaries, 12 Acquisitions and 12 reversions within a financial year.

You will line manage a production coordinator directly and a Technical Runner indirectly, supporting the production of long form documentaries from greenlight through to delivery and commercial sales of documentaries with internal partners i.e. BBC Worldwide and external partners i.e. Journeyman Pictures in WS Arabic. You will work closely with Documentaries Editor and Exec Producers to formulate and deliver the strategic aims of the department and provide first-class production management support to editorial teams. You will report to the Unit Manager for the Arabic Service and together with the editorial staff you will ensure programmes are delivered on time and within budget. You will be responsible for planning and managing original investigations simultaneously as well as the acquisitions and reversions portfolio on a daily basis in a demanding and ever-changing broadcast environment.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent spoken and written English – able to communicate and delegate to Production Coordinator and Technical Runner effectively.
  • Experience of line-managing reportees and developing them to realise their departmental and developmental goals. Identifying training requirements.
  • An interest and passion for news/ current affairs and documentaries programming. 
  • In depth knowledge of end to end filming processes from development, green-light process, production and post-production through to delivery.
  • Managing post production deliverables of programmes to various stakeholders including internal stakeholders i.e Our World, Panorama, Newsnight and external stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • In depth knowledge of location and overseas filming requirements, including for multi-camera shoots with technical expertise, managing Health and Safety, experience of booking/setting up kit, locations, logistics and high risk location shoots.  
  • Experience of formulating production budgets, tracking and ensuring productions are delivered on or under budget. Delivering monthly spend reports, accruals and forecasting.  
  • Experience of working within a variety of TV productions in a production management capacity (which may include factual, entertainment or current affairs).
  • Knowledge of BBC reporting systems and copyright clearing processes including liaising with BBC Legal and Business Affairs on rights and contracts. 
  • Confident using  technology and BBC systems whilst being flexible to new ways of working, championing new ways of working for production efficiencies.
  • Able to manage documentaries acquisitions portfolio initiating contracts, managing media from external independents, overseeing reversioning, translation of scripts, timelines for edits and delivery.
  • Ability to manage post-production archiving processes and existing assets for original investigation documentaries from external drives to LTO and Promise Pegasus – supervising the Technical Runner. 
  • Overseeing Documentaries workflow and transmission slate, ensuring smooth communication with teams regarding delivery to the network, flagging potential issues.

Package Description

Band: C

Contract: 12 Months

Job share and part-time applications are welcome for this role.  Please include detail of the proposed arrangement in your application. 

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

About the Company

Reinventing the BBC for the next Generation

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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.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

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