Head of Arts and Classical Music (Senior Head of Factual Commissioning )

  • BBC
  • 08/04/2021
Full time Executive

Job Description

Job Introduction

BBC Content encompasses all of the BBC's network TV and Radio output.  With an already world-class arts and music offering, we’re making changes that will enable us to expand the reach of our Arts and Music programming.  Ultimately ensuring the widest possible audience can access distinctive, world-beating content across our services.

We’re creating a new arts and classical music genre in TV, under the leadership of Patrick Holland who takes on an expanded remit as Director of Factual, Arts & Classical Music.  This alignment of arts and classical music in television will bring specialist depth, modern storytelling and enhanced ambition to our commissioning.  This change has created an exciting new opportunity for a Head of Arts and Classical Music to lead the new BBC Arts and Classical Music team in Television.

You can read the full detail on these changes in our press release here https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/2021/bbc-arts-and-music

Role Responsibility

You will work closely with the Director of Factual, Arts & Classical Music to construct and deliver the commissioning strategy for BBC Arts and Classical Music, building and maintaining a strategic relationship with the supplier base at a senior creative level that generates, develops and nurtures the best ideas.  Underpinned by a clear vision for making the BBC the world leader in arts and classical music output.

You will lead the commissioning of a full range of innovative and distinctive content based on a sophisticated analysis of target audience needs and in line with agreed budgets and regulatory requirements.  Adept at creative collaboration, you will be keen to work with commissioning teams across documentary, history and other genres; sharing best in class insights and ideas to make the very best modern boxset documentary and performance content.  Your team and the wider sector will look to you for your creative judgement and insights

The Ideal Candidate

This is an outstanding opportunity for a true expert in the field of Arts and Classical Music Television.  A creative figurehead with programme making expertise you will bring a track record in attracting the best programme-makers and nurturing new talent (on and off-screen).  Committed to our diversity and inclusion objectives you will have a rich understanding of how to reach wider audiences with our arts and classical music offer.

To ensure success it is vital that you have experience in leading creative teams and you will be able to demonstrate your achievements in identifying excellence and driving quality in commissions.  Audiences are at the heart of everything we do so you need to have a deep understanding of changing audience consumption patterns (particularly on VOD and SVOD platforms) and show evidence of creating diverse content and developing new on-screen talent. 

Package Description

Band: SL
Contract type: Continuing
Location: Flexible

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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i https://www.bbc.co.uk/careers/

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