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Genre Assistant, Factual Entertainment

  • Channel 4
  • London, UK
  • 23/11/2022

Job Description

Job Title: Genre Assistant, Factual Entertainment 
Reports to: Commissioning Editor
Department: Factual Entertainment
Location: London

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION

Factual Entertainment aims to explore both us and our world in a vivid, entertaining way. Our primetime shows have scale, and aim to grab viewers with their ambition, whilst engaging them with compelling narratives.

Our department is home to a vast range of programming, from highly constructed formats to observational documentary. We commission popular formats like The Great British Bake Off, Grand Designs, Gogglebox, and Travel Man; bold, audacious constructs like Hunted, Married At First Sight, and The Circle; ground-breaking social experiments like Open House: The Great Sex Experiment, The School That Tried To End Racism and 60 Days On The Streets, and populist docs like The Killer Nanny: Did She Do It?, The Mum Who Got Tourettes, and Inside Poundland: Secrets From The Shop Floor. What unites most of our output is character-driven story-telling, and a desire to reach a broad audience.

JOB PURPOSE
  • To provide a high-level administrative support to the Head of Factual Entertainment and wider team. This will include diary management for up to 3 people.
  • The role may also include providing cross-genre support to other Commissioning teams as and when required

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES 
  • Diary management for the Head of Factual Entertainment, and at least two Commissioning Editors 
  • Provide full administrative support to the team including travel arrangements, arranging events, dealing with general correspondence, and expenses filing
  • Ensure visitors to the Factual Entertainment team are handled appropriately

ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
  • Must have experience in diary support to multiple executives within a company, with the ability to handle very complex and often conflicting meeting requests 
  • Keen interest in TV and programming
  • Able to prioritise and manage several tasks at once without supervision, and to report back on the completion of tasks
  • Proven ability to be part of a team, work well with others in an open-plan department, and deal politely with visitors from other companies
  • Proven ability to cope in a very busy environment and to perform in high-pressured situations 
  • Proven ability to work with extremely confidential materials and sensitive issues
  • Experience with the Microsoft Office Suite; particularly Outlook and PowerPoint
  • To have and use initiative, as well as being able to respond to orders and have a willingness to do whatever is required
  • Possess a keen attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Flexibility, patience, perseverance and commitment to get the job done
  • Always display a helpful attitude whilst managing diaries carefully and sensitively
  • Ability to build valued and trusted relationships with senior stakeholders both across the Commissioning team, and the wider business 
  • Maintain relationships with peers across all departments
  • Ability to cope with an ever-changing environment, as well as dealing with both routine and non- routine problems.