Content Editor, BBC Audio Scotland and Northern Ireland

The Bbc

Content Editor, BBC Audio Scotland and Northern Ireland

£60500

The Bbc, Edinburgh

  • Full time
  • Temporary
  • Onsite working

Posted 3 weeks ago, 22 Jun | Get your application in now before you miss out!

Closing date: Closing date not specified

job Ref: 115ab098ca2947eebf71c399e60ab89b

Full Job Description

We're looking for a highly creative leader to guide our teams in Scotland and Northern Ireland delivering award-winning content to Network Radio and BBC Sounds. Initially, you'll work across the speech slate with a focus on making Scotland the home of Radio 4's Readings team who deliver year-round abridgements and original stories to Book at Bedtime and Book of the Week.

You're a natural motivator, ready to lead a cross-genre team delivering to various Networks. Your editorial judgement is excellent and your journalistic instinct is quick. Able to problem-solve with creativity and compassion, your direct reports will benefit from your strong organisational skills and attention to detail.

You're an avid reader, well connected in publishing circles and aware of industry trends and highlights. Your contacts book is full of agents, publishers and publicists who can connect you with the leading talent in the literary space. Your radio listening switches between Radio 4 and Radio 3 but you're aware of the competition in the commercial space from the likes of Audible and Spotify, as well as the countless publishers pushing Audio Books to a hungry audience.

By the spring of 2025, you'll have moved the current Readings team out of London without any interruption to the development and delivery of commissions. You'll also collaborate with Cambridge University on the BBC National Short Story Award and the BBC Young Writers Award.

In the Factual space, you'll oversee a team of award-winning Producers delivering documentary and podcast content on a wide range of subjects. Current commissions include The Artificial Human, In Dark Corners Series 2 and a variety of single documentaries, essays and short series. Working with our in-house Development team, you'll continue to pitch new ideas and grow this part of the business., The Content Editor will have responsibility for the day to day line management of a team, editorially steering production, managing workloads, supporting staff development and new ways of working and delivering programmes on time and on budget. You'll have significant experience of leading teams in pre-recorded content with an excellent track record in landmark productions.

You're optimistic in times of change and able to communicate and drive progress across periods of transition. You're always looking for opportunities to try something new, motivating a team to deliver content of the highest quality whilst enjoying their work and feeling proud to be part of an inclusive and creative operation.

You'll be well-versed in Editorial and Compliance Policies and know who to call on when you need advice. You'll have a pro-active approach to Health and Safety on location with many recordings happening out of BBC studios and you'll consider the BBC's sustainability targets when planning and creating content with your team. Your leadership style will live and embrace the BBC Values and you'll adopt corporate objectives with clarity and enthusiasm.

You'll have strong relationships with key talent and be able to spot new and emerging voices who could join our ranks of writers, presenters and abridgers. Supporting the Head of Content Production, you'll develop and nurture relationships with key commissioning editors, maintaining the excellent reputation of the teams in Scotland and N Ireland with a view to further expansion of the team across these Nations.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Extensive experience of making speech content which is of relevance to our diverse audiences.

  • Extensive experience of leading and motivating teams to deliver content of the highest quality, offering regular feedback to continually push them to achieve great things.

  • Proven experience of working with a range of talent and knowledge of key writers and abridgers in the readings space.

  • Impressive contacts book of publishers, literary agents.

  • Proven ability to develop innovative output, be open to new ideas and motivate colleagues to take creative risks

  • Able to combine creative flair with impeccable organisation skills

  • Demonstrable understanding of the BBC's values and editorial standards.

    The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.


  • 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 here .

    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.

  • 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 negotiable salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 25 days annual leave with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.


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    If they are unsure which contract they are on, they can speak to their booker or the HR BP, however if it helps - both a PAYE freelance or Modus Gross contract is considered a Worker contract and covered by the Worker terms found here .