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Partnership & Skills Manager

Posted: 12 Nov 2020 Closes: 26 Nov 2020
Leeds Competitive
Permanent & Full-time CHL_VN198

Job title: Partnership & Skills Manager
Department: Nations and Regions (Corporate)
Location: Leeds National HQ


As part of C4's '4All the UK' strategy, in October 2019 we opened a new national HQ in Leeds and a Creative Hub in both Bristol and Glasgow. This will ensure that we serve the whole of the UK and is the biggest change to the organisation's structure in its history. It will support a significant increase in the organisation's Nations & Regions spend on creative content - from 35% to 50% of main channel UK commissions by 2023.

A key part of this strategy is to attract and develop talent across the UK. 4Skills is our new training and development initiative that brings together all of our existing training schemes across C4. This on-going programme is focussed on finding and nurturing talent from the Nations and Regions with the aim of attracting people into broadcasting and production from diverse backgrounds. 4Skills will address skills gaps and also play a key role in progressing the careers of those already in the industry.


This role will be based in Leeds at the National HQ where you'll play a key role in helping to deliver our 4 All UK strategy. In particular you'll support the range of activities and partnerships that we run in the Nations and Regions, with a focus on establishing and implementing talent development programmes alongside outreach and engagement. While having a wide remit, you'll lead on implementing specific programmes, such as our Production Trainee Scheme working with indies across the UK and new initiatives to support 4Studio - our new inhouse digital production unit based in Leeds.

You'll need to be able to manage your own time effectively, work on different projects simultaneously and have a real passion for working collaboratively in partnership and supporting skills and talent development across the UK.

The role is based at the National C4 HQ in Leeds and will require travel when hosting and managing events in the nations and regions. Some evening and weekend work will be required occasionally for which you'll be given time back in lieu.

  • Supporting our partnership work across the business to help deliver on our 4 All the UK strategy.
  • Building and managing relationships with internal and external partners that will be required to deliver different activities, schemes and events, all in line with our strategic goals.
  • Leading the development and implementation of the specific talent schemes and activity across the UK - including our production trainee scheme and 4Studio talent scheme, ensuring the high standard of attraction, recruitment, delivery and support for each cohort of trainees.
  • Working with both local and national partners (including Screen Skills, PACT, NFTS etc) to deliver training and skills interventions.
  • Working closely with the UK's independent television sector to identify skills gaps and opportunities where we can work in partnership to address them
  • Ensuring that our 4Skills activities are able to support the industry to attract and retain more diverse talent, including those from BAME backgrounds, socially disadvantaged communities and disabled talent.
  • Developing and delivering an ongoing programme of outreach, which will engage a large number of diverse young people across the UK.
  • Evaluating our work with partners and the impact of our activities to ensure their effectiveness, and making recommendations to improve them.
  • Collaborating with multiple departments across C4 to ensure 4Skills represents the breadth of what C4 offers and brings to life through our talent schemes.
  • Attending industry events to keep your knowledge updated and representing C4 as required in the new talent / early career space.
  • Managing content on social media and our careers websites.
  • Managing data, creating reports and maintaining databases.
  • Managing and maximising a budget in relation to specific schemes.
  • Supporting the C4 Diversity commitments and C4 Remit.
  • Proven experience of working with the UK television/independent production sector
  • Proven experience of working in partnership with third parties to deliver strategic goals, especially in regards to training and skills programmes
  • Experience of both operational planning and delivery
  • Excellent networking skills and the ability to develop and grow sustainable relationships both internally and externally
  • Proven ability to build effective and collaborative cross-functional working relationships and communicate effectively with stakeholders
  • Experience of delivering results in a fast-paced organisation going through a period of change
  • Able to work with minimum supervision taking personal responsibility and ownership of tasks
  • Is a self-starter with excellent organisational ability, time management and project management skills
  • Is creative and takes an innovative approach to owning and resolving complex problems and issues
  • Have experience managing or working within a budget
  • Have excellent attention to detail and be very organised
  • Be passionate about increasing diversity and removing barriers to employment
  • Experience and understanding of the wider skills agenda
  • Experience of running outreach and engagement programmes for young people
  • Managed a website and social media feeds
  • Have some recruitment experience or experience of managing assessment centres
  • Have knowledge of the UK Broadcast Media sector
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. Why do you want to be a Partnership & Skills manager for Channel 4? (max 250 words)Tell us how you meet the essential experience and skills? (max 250 words)This role will be based inour Leeds National HQ, once the office is open again (likely by spring 2021) you will need to be able to commute to and work from our Leeds office. Can you please confirm that you will be able to be based near and commutable to our Leeds office for this role?
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 Nov 2020

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