Executive Editor, Science Unit - BBC Audio

Executive Editor, Science Unit - BBC Audio

Executive Editor, Science Unit - BBC Audio

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Cardiff, Wales
Job Type
Full Time Job
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Date Posted
1 year ago
Natasha Cwiklinska
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Job Description

Job Introduction

We are looking for a new Executive Editor for the BBC Radio Science unit which is scheduled to move from London to Cardiff. The right person will be a strong leader with the skills to lead the unit’s move to Wales while continuing to deliver award-winning science and health programmes for Radio 4, The World Service and BBC Sounds. The post-holder will be expected to live in or within commutable distance of Cardiff.  

The Science Unit

As part of the BBC's Across the UK initiative, the long established Radio Science unit is scheduled to move base from London to Cardiff next year. The production team produce titles including The Life Scientific, Inside Science, Inside Health, Digital Planet, Bad People, 13 Minutes to the Moon, CrowdScience, All in the Mind, The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry and Science in Action. The department has a reputation for innovative programme making as well as strong science and health journalism.

The Science Unit is part of BBC Audio.   BBC Audio has approximately 650 editorial and technical staff who create and deliver more than 100 hours of original audio every day. Our podcasts and radio programmes are heard around the world. We work with some of the biggest names in music, entertainment and journalism. Our sound engineers bring the greatest festivals and sporting events to life.  We collaborate with world class partners to deliver social value.  This is just a selection of the 22,500 programmes we work on every year.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a creative and ambitious leader with excellent editorial skills and an empathetic leadership style. This is a high profile and demanding role overseeing a wide range of science and health output, and we would expect the right candidate to have credibility within the science community.

As Executive Editor you will inspire the team to reinvent long running strands as well as pitch for new multi-platform business. You will build on the unit’s reputation for creating series and formats to develop new high impact content for audiences across the UK and the globe. You will be comfortable working closely with Radio Controllers and commissioners as well as partners both within and outside the BBC.

You will also have experience managing change. You will be committed to creating diversity in our content and our workforce and have ideas for how you’ll do it. You’ll know how to manage budgets and prioritise value for the audience.

This is an exciting and important role in the BBC. We have said that we expect the new leadership of the Science unit to be based in Cardiff. As part of this key BBC strategy to move programmes and content around the UK you will help to build a specialist programme team in BBC Cymru Wales New Broadcasting House in Central Square, where you will be co-sited with news and other radio colleagues.

We want someone with energy who understands the importance of science for individuals as well as its significance in shaping the world. We are keen to consider a wide range of applicants who have relevant experience and a track record of leading and motivating creative teams. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • You will be able to demonstrate you can effectively lead, motivate and manage a diverse team working in a fast-paced journalistic environment. This includes managing the development and performance of established staff and nurturing new talent in our team.
  • You will have extensive knowledge of the science and health landscape and credibility within the science community
  • You will be a good communicator with experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with high profile individuals, partners and organisations inside and outside the BBC
  • You will have highly developed planning and organisational skills with the ability to manage several areas of work at one time, deliver to deadlines and to react positively to changes and conflicting priorities
  • You will be based in Cardiff or within a commutable distance 

Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: Continuing contract (Permanent) 
Location: Cardiff 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the applicationThere 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/

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.

Closing Date10 October, 2022

Job ID: 8994

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