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Global Acquisitions Manager - Global Channels Specialist

  • UKTV Media Ltd
  • London, UK
  • 28/05/2024

Job Description


We have an exciting opportunity for a Global Acquisitions Manager to join the Acquisitions team. 

A key role within the high-performing Global Acquisitions team at BBC Studios / UKTV based at 10 Hammersmith Grove. Responsible for sourcing and securing content from external suppliers for our UKTV and international channels and streaming services.  This role has the added responsibility of being the global channels expert and key contact for the programming teams outside of the UK.
Scope and Impact
  • Two global acquisitions executives and one acquisitions assistant will report into this role.
  • This role will report into the Senior Acquisitions Manager.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities
  • The sourcing and negotiation of content from external suppliers for our linear and non-linear services, leveraging the businesses’ joint buying power to maximum effect and co-ordinating across the global portfolio of channels and streaming services, including UKTV.
  • Ensures that all deals are within the approved budget and return optimal value for money.
  • To ensure all deals comply with BBCS and UKTV policies regarding rights, commercial terms, compliance and editorial integrity.
  • To work closely with editorial stakeholders across BBCS and UKTV, building and maintaining strong relationships and ensuring effective collaboration and communication.
  • To be the expert in the team for our channels and streaming services outside of the UK.  Responsible for being the strategic acquisitions lead, having a thorough understanding of these services, being the key contact person in the team for our global editorial teams, and the escalation point for any issues that may arise. Also responsible for ensuring the acquisitions team is fully briefed on any changes to strategy.
  • Forging new relationships and building on existing relationships with content producers and distributors, ensuring BBC Studios/UKTV are in a strong position to have first look at titles
  • Line management of two Global Acquisitions Executives and an Acquisitions Assistant to develop, nurture and support them to do their best work.
  • Attend screenings, industry markets and events as required. 
  • Maintains up-to-date knowledge of competitors’ schedules and the wider tv market and a clear understanding of the UKTV and BBCS branded services requirements and priorities
Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience
  • A team player who enjoys collaboration, supports others and understands how they contribute to a high-performing team.
  • Extensive acquisitions and negotiation experience with key UK distributors, and a strong knowledge of programme rights and terms.
  • A proactive and can-do attitude, always seeking solutions.
  • A person who loves TV, has an opinion about it, and has a keen editorial eye.
  • An understanding of the value of content in the UK and globally.
  • Extensive experience of managing, mentoring and developing people on a day to day basis.   
  • Adaptable and resilient, able to cope with the pressure of managing the demands of a high volume of work, the various needs of different stakeholders, and meeting tight deadlines.
  • A strong communicator who can get their point across effectively and is confident in managing expectations to deliver results to realistic timelines.
  • Collaboration skills that enable them to problem-solve and produce positive outcomes with a range of stakeholders across the business.
  • Ability to use own initiative with confidence, using judgment to escalate where necessary.
  • An understanding of evolving audience requirements and the wider media industry.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the international content market and the ability to assess content pipelines and discern what may or may not work well, and what is editorially appropriate, for UKTV and BBC Studios channels and streaming services.

Ways of Working

At UKTV, we are working in a hybrid environment with a mixture of home and office working. Getting together in the office as a team and a company gives colleagues an opportunity to build and maintain great relationships, encourages our culture of collaboration and creativity while recognising that colleagues need to have a healthy and happy work-life balance. You’ll agree with your manager the split of time you spend in the office or at home based on the role that you do, how often you come together as a team and your personal preference. 

Diversity & Inclusion Commitment
At UKTV, our inclusion vision is to truly represent society in our workforce and on-screen, and create a culture of fairness and respect where we champion difference so that every person feels included and empowered to do their best work. We are committed to ensuring a level playing field at UKTV where all employees and job applicants are given equal opportunity, and that we have diverse voices at the table in everything we do. We welcome applications from everyone and we want UKTV to be a place where you can be your authentic self, give your best and develop your career free from discrimination of any kind.

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.