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Head of Digital Commissioning (London)

Posted: 6 Jun 2019 Closes: 23 Jun 2019
Channel 4, 124 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 2TX Competitive
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Job Title: Head of Digital Commissioning (London)
Reports to: Director of Programmes
Department: Commissioning
Location: London

The commissioning department works with independent producers and studios to source all the content which appears on Channel 4’s portfolio of channels,
and in its digital output. It is charged with attracting broad, commercial audiences as well as delivering the channel’s public service remit.

To reflect changing consumer behaviour, particularly amongst its key youth audience, the Head of Digital Commissioning will spearhead all digital content
commissioning and acquisition on all digital platforms including All4.

Reporting into the Director of Programmes, the postholder will be editorially responsible for all digital content across all platforms including All 4, social
platforms and apps. This post will coincide with the creation of our Digital Creative Unit in Leeds, an internal agency for social media marketing content and
original digital content distributed on all relevant consumer platforms.


• Lead a distributed team of digital executives spread across four of Channel 4’s locations: London, Leeds, Glasgow and Bristol. This team will acquire
content for All 4, commission short form content for the channel’s social feeds and oversee apps and other enhancements of our linear programmes.
• Responsible for setting a vision for Channel 4’s digital presence and ensuring that our digital output is delivering against key metrics.

• Work closely with the Head of Product and the Director of Programmes to develop a content acquisition strategy that drives All 4 growth.
• Work with the Head of our upcoming Digital Creative Unit in Leeds, and the channel’s social marketing team to shape the channel’s digital publishing
• Develop a podcasting strategy for the channel.

• Oversee all short form commissioning, including digital originations and the digital elements of “one show many platforms” projects
• Work closely with all Genre Heads of Departments and their teams across commissioning.

Editorial standards
• Responsible for ensuring that the highest editorial standards are maintained, and relevant regulations complied with, across all digital platforms.

Budget management
• Overall responsibility for the digital acquisition and origination budget.

• Work closely with the Head of Product, the Head of the DCU and the channel’s commercial teams to create new sources of revenue and grow existing revenue

• Ensure that driving VOD performance is a key consideration in all commissioning decisions, and that All 4 and linear commissioning priorities are aligned.
• Ensure a smooth flow of information between Channel Management and All 4.

• Represent Channel 4 externally on matters relating to changing patterns of viewer behaviour and the channel’s efforts to address these.
• Articulate a clear vision for Channel 4’s presence in a digital world and the content we are seeking to distribute, thus engaging the digital creative
community to work with C4 in helping deliver that vision.


Technical & Professional Skills
• Extensive experience of digital publishing, including video.
• Experience of managing teams.
• Experience of operating in a matrix organisation.
• Track record of using data to identify and meet audience demand.
• Excellent knowledge of changes affecting TV industry and wider content publishing landscape.
• Understanding of the Channel 4 values, vision, strategic direction and objectives.

Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making
• Proven ability to balance the strategic with the practical
• Prepared to make unpopular decisions where required
• Able to judge when things need to be escalated
• Ability to self-manage within strategic context
• Able to balance ambiguous, sometimes conflicting priorities
• Able to manage through change and get things done even in challenging circumstances
• Acts with operational autonomy, using own discretion. Refers upwards for guidance or to gain agreement on a recommendation.
• Able to set workload priorities, managing timescales and delivery within this framework, allocating tasks to colleagues as appropriate.
• Able to deal with complex matters, often involving risk.

Relationship Management
• Excellent track record of creating and managing internal relationships at all levels.
• Influences and guides senior management to ensure that the investments are aligned with C4’s vision and strategic objectives.
• Able to deploy a range of styles to bring about required outcomes.
• Strong connections within the wide digital content industry.
• Able to handle conflicting viewpoints, using strong influencing and persuasion skills to gain consensus amongst all stakeholders.

Complexity/Problem Solving
• Able to break down complex questions into manageable items of work.
• Able to identify and effectively manage expert resources to assist where appropriate.
• Effectively manage unfamiliar problems, requiring a high degree of difficult, diverse and specialised problem solving.
• Operate within an ever-changing environment, looking across different industries for new systems and initiatives to add value for Channel 4

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