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Commissioning Executive, Daytime & Features (12mth FTC)

Posted: 18 Feb 2021 Closes: 26 Feb 2021
Glasgow Competitive
Permanent & Full-time CHL_VN338

Job Title: Commissioning Executive, Daytime & Features
Reports to: Head of Daytime & Features
Department: Daytime & Features
Location: Glasgow
Status: 12 month FTC

DEPARTMENT DESCRIPTION
Channel 4 Daytime & Features is a newly formed team who together deliver more than 1500 hours into the C4, More4, E4 & ALL4 portfolio. We aim to bring popular, distinctive & engaging features content with our innovative ways into lifestyle subjects and the best talent on TV.

We're already known for our much-loved returning shows like Escape to the Chateau & Make do and Mend; Kirsty & Phil's Location, Location, Location & Love it or List it; George Clarkes Amazing Spaces , Food Unwrapped, Come Dine with Me, Great House Giveaway and Four in a Bed and Steph's Packed Lunch. We're also hungry for the next generation if ideas & talent that keep us fresh and relevant to our audiences.

JOB PURPOSE
To work with Commissioning Editors and the Daytime & Features team to help manage our slate of long-running / retuning shows.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Work with the Commissioning Editors to ensure the quality & delivery of our long-running / high volume series.
  • View high volume of programmes & give editorial notes in timely manner to ensure quality & editorial rigour across our output
  • Work with Commissioning Editors as a main point of contact with producers on shows in production
  • Work with producers to deliver shows to budget, on schedule and to the expected standard & to ensure that Covid Protocols are kept up to date and in line with changing guidance.
  • Ensure that programmes are produced to Channel 4's Editorial Guidelines
  • Work with other commissioning genre areas; attend creative breakfasts
  • Develop effective working relationships with other departments in the Channel e.g. legal and compliance, marketing, press, scheduling etc
  • Develop and maintain a close and effective working relationship with the key independent production companies
  • To advocate for the best ideas and share the strategic aims of Daytime & Features with independent companies and at events
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

Technical & Professional Skills
  • Proven production experience in delivering shows for C4/PSB at producer level or above
  • Proven production experience across a range of genres, in development and production
  • Highly organised & with an excellent eye for detail.
  • Experienced in finessing the editorial on a project in line with the agreed budget.
  • Strong understanding of legal/compliance guidelines.
  • Experience of delivering high volume on budget whilst maintaining ambition for the project.
  • Experience in taking a project from paper to screen
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to give clear & timely feedback in a business and creative context
  • The ability to be flexible with communication style, depending on what is most effective for the situation
  • Collaborative with colleagues and works in an open and inclusive way
  • Resilient and tenacious
  • Proven experience of the unique editorial challenges of live shows & experience in making swift editorial calls under pressure.
  • Knowledge of a range of independent production companies
  • Awareness of how content can be maximised across the portfolio on social and digital platforms (not just linear channels)
Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making
  • Proven sound editorial judgement and a demonstrable understanding of recent broadcasting output, audience, schedule, presentation, able to contribute to the departments strategic vision
  • Strong prioritising and time management skills, demonstrable ability to work to hard deadlines
  • Will be working in a different location to some colleagues so needs to be autonomous and proactively manage communications between all C4 bases (Glasgow, Leeds, Bristol & London)
Relationship Management
  • Demonstrable experience of managing relationships within a complex PSB, members of your immediate and wider teams and on and off screen talent
Complexity/Problem Solving
  • Job holder may face a number of unpredictable and unique problems e.g. a ground-breaking show may raise problems across the spectrum of editorial, legal, press, marketing, publicity and independent company liaison
  • High degree of creativity required when developing ideas and problem solving with highly demanding and unpredictable talent and production companies on programme content
  • Role holder will need to assess the impact of any contentious material on the general public
  • High degree of creativity required when developing ideas and problem solving with highly demanding and unpredictable talent and production companies on programme content
  • Role holder will need to assess the impact of any contentious material on the general public
Business Impact/Strategic Perspective
  • Working with the Commissioning Editors & Head of Daytime & Features to help us find and commission the best ideas from a range of suppliers across all the Nations & Regions.
  • Understand our slots, audiences and tariffs
  • To make us the best broadcaster to work with so people bring us their best ideas first.
  • Working to deliver on the growth of the regional presence and perception of Channel 4
DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE & SKILLS
  • Understanding of the production process and pressures on production companies and how they impact on delivery.
SalaryCompetitiveApplication questions to complete
To complete your application please provide a response to the below application questions, you can upload your response to the application questions as an attachment when submitting your application. This can be attached to your application as a PDF or Word document.
Please outline how you meet the 'Essential Experience & Skills' outlined in the Job Description (Max 500 words)Describe the last three programmes you have worked on, and how these relate to the essential skills required for this role (Max 500 words)What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of Channel 4's Daytime and Features output? (200 words max)

BenefitsThere are a million reasons why it's great to work at Channel 4, here are just a few of the perks for you;
•26 days annual leave (including a day off for your birthday)
•Company funded Private Medical Insurance
•A generous Group Personal Pension
•Access to our flexible benefits scheme including dental, travel insurance, health screenings and more!Applications Close Date26 Feb 2021

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