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Genre Assistant, Factual

Posted: 18 Feb 2021 Closes: 24 Feb 2021
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time CHL_VN337

Job Title: Genre Assistant, Factual
Reports to: Head of Factual
Department: Factual
Location: London

In Factual, we want to make programmes that do not just get reviewed but create headlines, not just explain but reveal, not just show but challenge, not just follow but lead. But let's be clear, we are a broad church- we commission more than 300 hours a year, everything from24 Hours in Police Custody,First Dates,Grayson PerryandSAS: Who Dares WinstoJade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain,Barrymore: The Body in the Pool,100 VaginasandCrime and Punishment.

We commission bold and often taboo-busting documentaries to represent voices from across our everchanging society and also to celebrate global events, with programmes such as The Talk, Hair Power: Me and My Afro, and Damilola:The Boy Next Door as part of our Black History Month season last year.

Everything we do, we aim to innovate - in storytelling, use of technology, authorship, form, POV. We know - when we get this right - we can bring big, broad audiences. More than ever, the performance on All4 is also very important. This is a growing audience and we urge you to consider with most ideas about whether it could be a boxset, how bingeable is it, can it grow over time online?

We will continue to have distinct areas - History, Arts, Science and Natural History are arguably more important than ever in these uncertain times - but we will be working more closely as a team to build a clear strategy that responds to the fast-changing world.

To provide the highest level of administrative support to the Factual team inCommissioning.

  • Providing PA support to the Factual Commissioning team incorporatingthe Head of Factual and Commissioning Editors, providing full administrative support including; diary management, travel arrangements, arranging events, dealing with general correspondence and expenses filing
  • Ensure visitors to the Factual team in London are handled appropriately
  • Work closely with the other Genre Assistants and Programme Co-Ordinators across the team to help co-ordinate workflow and report on any issues

Technical & Professional Skills
  • Proven ability to cope in a very busy environment and to perform in high-pressured situations to be able to prioritise and cope with several tasks at once
  • Proven experience in working in an administrative or PA capacity within a media or broadcast environment
  • Experience of providing full administrative support (including diary management, travel arrangements and dealing with general correspondence) within a large busy team within a creative, digital or broadcast media environment
  • To have and use initiative, but also be able to respond to orders and have a willingness to do whatever is required, however mundane
  • Proven ability to prioritise tasks and work effectively without supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to be part of a team, work well with others in an open-plan department and deal politely with visitors from other companies
  • Possess a keen attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Flexibility, patience, perseverance and commitment to get the job done
  • Proven ability to work with confidential materials and issues
  • Always display a helpful attitude whilst managing diaries carefully and sensitively
  • Able to assist with the creation of Powerpoint presentations
Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making
  • The Genre Assistant is expected to manage their own workload by prioritising accordingly and reporting back on completion.
  • There is some autonomy and responsibility for decisions within the key responsibilities of the Genre Assistant role.
Relationship Management
  • Builds valued and trusted relationship within Commissioning, senior members of the Commissioning team and across the business in order to handle confidential matters appropriately and effectively
  • Maintains relationships with peers across all departments
  • Holiday / sickness cover for other Assistants both within the Factual department and across the Commissioning floor if necessary
Complexity/Problem Solving
  • Job holder must operate within an ever-changing environment as well as dealing with both routine and non- routine problems. The issues are often sensitive so require considerate handling in order to resolve them satisfactorily
  • Works efficiently under pressure.
Business Impact/Strategic Perspective
  • Direct impact and influence on the effectiveness of the department
  • Objectives and tasks in the role are often short-notice and high priority.
  • Privy to a large amount of confidential information.
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)Why do you want to be a Genre Assistant for Channel 4? (Max 250 words)This role involves managing multiple diaries and juggling hectic schedules for senior management. What experience and skills do you have in this area? (Max 400 words)How does this role fit in with your future career plans? (Max 250 words)

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 Date24 Feb 2021

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