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Director of Creative, Design & Production

  • UKTV Media Ltd
  • London, UK
  • 21/05/2024

Job Description


We have an exciting opportunity for a Director of Creative, Design & Production to become a key member of the wider Marketing & Creative leadership team.

This role leads and oversees the Creative, Design and Production Operations of our internal creative team and is responsible for driving its overall success, growth, and creative excellence. With a blend of creative acumen, business leadership, agility, innovation and a proven ability to inspire and manage multidisciplinary teams, the role plays a pivotal part in driving the efficient execution of creative projects, ensuring the highest quality output, and fostering collaboration across cross-functional teams.  

This role will be responsible for the delivery of the creative output for UKTV, ensuring the structure and output is fit for purpose as we drive digital transformation.   

What we would like you to bring to the role….key experience, knowledge, skills & personal qualities

Experience of/in
  • A senior leadership role within an internal or external creative agency or related field. Demonstrable success in building high-performing teams and delivering creative excellence. 
  • Fiscal management across a significant budget.
  • Leading and managing a team.
  • Deep understanding of creative and production processes, including design, advertising, branding, and digital media. 
Skills & personal qualities
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to inspire and influence at all levels. 
  • Strategic thinker with a keen business acumen and the ability to align the department’s efforts with broader organizational objectives. 
  • Excellent project management skills, with a focus on delivering projects on time and within budget. 
  • A passion for delivering outstanding creative work. 

Key Responsibilities

What you will get to work on….key outputs and responsibilities of the role

Leadership and Strategy: 
  • Lead a high performing team, providing them with clear goals and direction. Work to inspire, empower, motivate, and develop them, fostering an inclusive environment where they can perform at their best.
  • Develop and implement strategies to drive creative excellence, innovation, and ensure these deliver on time and on budget.
  • Conduct regular reviews and critiques with team to maintain a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.

  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with internal stakeholders across the Marketing Leadership team and the wider business, ensuring the creative department delivers strategic and impactful creative solutions. 
Department Oversight: 
  • Develop and manage the budget across the department, ensuring fiscal responsibility and efficient resource allocation. 
  • Analyse performance of the department, its processes, and workflows to assess its ability to deliver against company objectives.  
  • Work with the Creative Director to uphold high standards of creative output, ensuring that all work delivers against expectations and industry best practices. 
  • Implement and optimise production workflows to ensure seamless and efficient processes from ideation to final delivery. 
  • Implement quality control measures and continuous improvement processes. 
  • Identify opportunities for automation, technology integration, and process improvement to enhance productivity. 
  • Oversee the allocation and management of resources, including people, equipment, and technology, to meet project timelines and objectives. 
  • Work closely with production to balance workloads and address resource constraints.  Ensuring prioritisation and rephasing of work where needed. 
Innovation and Trends: 
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and creative innovations to keep the agency at the forefront of the industry. 
  • Encourage a culture of experimentation and exploration within the creative team. 
  • Upskill the department to ensure they have the capability to deliver data driven, multi-variant campaigns and can optimise in real time, throughout the campaign period.
  • Ensure the department is structured to delivery company growth, and support performance marketing and agile campaign responses.

How we lead: Our Leadership Qualities

As a leader for the business, we’re looking for…

Strategic thinking and vision 
  • Translating strategic ambition into clear and measurable goals for your team/s.
  • Using storytelling to create a vision and inspire your team to deliver their best work. 
  • Driving collaborative working across teams to deliver value for our audiences.
  • Pro-actively contributing to areas of company-wide strategic focus.
A Digital-first mindset
  • Identifying and integrating data and insights to better inform business decisions in your area.
  • Encourage a test and learn approach, ensuring your teams can iterate and adapt their work based on results.
  • Embrace new ways of working, tools and technologies to improve agility.
Leaders who embrace ambiguity and change.
  • Challenging the status quo, championing a growth mindset and continuous change.
  • Role-modelling resilience and a growth mindset that recognises the need for ongoing change.
  • Having strategies for dealing positively with your own discomfort and emotions.

As a leader for your team, we’re looking for….

Authenticity and empathy
  • Creating and maintaining a psychologically safe environment, ensuring all perspectives are valued and exclusive behaviour is challenged.
  • Being curious about yourself and others; know your own strengths and areas of development as a leader, actively listen and challenge your own thinking, seek feedback and adapt your approach.
Courage and conviction
  • Being bold and decisive; adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and be prepared to take risks.
  • Facing into challenging conversations, difficult decisions and messages.
Leaders who develop capabilities and people  
  • Pro-actively identifying and developing capabilities within your team.
  • Creating a continuous improvement mindset in your team and a culture of constructive feedback.
  • Coaching your team and supporting them to develop their skills; proactively manage talent in your team.
  • Empowering your team to take responsibility for their own development, helping them grow and thrive.

Diversity and inclusion 
  • Purposefully putting diversity at the heart of your decision-making. 
  • Fostering a sense of belonging and proactively creating and maintaining an inclusive working environment. 
High-performance culture
  • Role modelling the desired behaviours and set the standards for those around you.
  • Creating a high support/high challenge culture which delivers on strategy.
  • Setting ambitious goals that stretch and empower your team/s and motivate them to deliver.
  • Challenging where behaviours or standards are not being met.

About UKTV

UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 30 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.

UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.