UKTV are looking for a Commissioning Executive

In this role you will be:

  • Working from the ground up to seek out, develop, commission and executive produce your own series.
  • Focus in particular on new and emerging talent in the comedy and factual entertainment space.
  • Use your understanding, knowledge and skills in developing and making successful formats in both comedy and factual entertainment genres.
  • Develop excellent working relationships with a broad range of producers across the UK.
  • Work to develop and nurture existing series currently on our slate as the lead UKTV Exec.
  • Contribute to the overall commissioning strategy within the broader department and within UKTV/BBCStudios as a whole.
  • Have the chance to develop your career as a key creative figure within the Industry.

You will need to be dynamic and energetic, super-smart in terms of talent management, and rock solid in terms of your creative instincts.

What you will do (role specification)

  • Oversee a slate of programmes as directed by the Deputy Director of Commissioning ensure they are delivered in accordance with the agreed editorial specification
  • Ensure the programmes under your management reflect the driving imperative of the Commissioning department – which is to deliver innovative and diverse commissions on all platforms
  • Ensure at all times that programmes fully meet compliance and other regulatory frameworks, referring any relevant issues to the head of scripted
  • Develop and progress innovative ideas using your own initiative and in line with the Commissioning strategy set by the commissioning team
  • Follow UKTV’s financial procedures, ensuring all supplier agreements and payments are processed within company guidelines
  • Work with the Head of Production to do everything possible to ensure that programmes within your slate are delivered within the approved budget
  • Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Commissioning, direct specific projects in the

Complexity & Problem Solving:

  • Develop new, innovative and creative solutions to business [and/or] departmental challenges
  • Routinely deal with complex problems which are encountered during the production process and which require instant solutions, clear communication and shrewd editorial judgement
  • Manage multiple projects concurrently, making use of excellent organisational skills
  • Mainly work autonomously on productions once commissioned, communicating with clarity and speed with key internal stakeholders on changing and evolving editorial
  • Ensure that appropriate sign off is secured editorially and ensure that communication with other responsible departments in UKTV (including press, marketing, finance, channel and scheduling) is fully joined up.

Managing Relationships:

  • Harness team spirit across UKTV and collaborate with colleagues across the business to deliver successful projects. This will again include successful communication and collaboration with stakeholders in marketing, PR, VOD and scheduling.
  • Promote and display trust to build successful business relationships and contacts
  • As directed by the Deputy Director of Commissioning, to represent both UKTV and the commissioning team to key talent, production companies and the industry as a whole
  • Demonstrate strong influencing skills within UKTV and with suppliers and talent
  • Maintain regular relationships with suppliers to ensure that UKTV is the first port of call for new ideas ahead of our competitors
  • Manage appropriately the message for opportunities within the network, being equally clear
  • Actively seek out and encourage the development of diverse or BAME projects to ensure that our slate properly represents these sectors of our society, both in front of and behind the camera
  • Ensure that ideas are managed with the appropriate care and organisation by using the correct

Who you are:

  • Demonstrate a naturally collaborative style
  • Be keen to learn new skills that are required to become a successful commissioner
  • Be a passionate advocate with outstanding editorial instincts
  • Display a high degree of self-motivation
  • Be a committed and passionate team player who is able to support other members of the team
  • Possess good communication skills and the ability to relay contentious decisions without impacting on key relationships
  • Display an ability to generate, and inspire others to generate, innovative and original programme ideas
  • Learn to understand the impact of commissioning decisions on the wider UKTV economy.
  • Show an analytical approach: hone the ability to identify key trends and issues and to anticipate problems and deliver solutions
  • Display a knowledge of multiplatform content and of the user experience regarding platforms other than television
  • Fully commit to the UKTV CLICC values as detailed later in this document
  • Finally and most importantly, demonstrate genuine, burning passion for TV

Don’t have all the above, don’t let that stop you! Here are some additional skills that we would like to hear about

  • Show a basic understanding of both BBC editorial policy and OFCOM Guidelines and the overall regulatory framework in which content creation operates
  • Show a basic knowledge of legal factors, contractual agreements and corporate agreements as they affect production
  • Be able to represent UKTV effectively in public forums if required

Click HERE for more details and to apply
Deadline Extended to 21st March