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Head of Strategy

London, GB
Closing date
1 May 2024

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Media and Publishing
Senior Manager
Contract Type
Full Time

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Job Introduction

The BBC is recruiting two Heads of Strategy on a 12-month fixed-term basis for the Group Strategy & Performance division.

The BBC's Strategy & Performance team helps the BBC define its future and develop a plan for getting there. It acts as an independent advisor to the leadership of the BBC, enabling senior leaders to develop creative and practical ideas for how the BBC and its services should evolve. The team is made up of analysts, managers, heads and directors, with the Group Director of Strategy & Performance sitting on the BBC's Executive Committee.

The Strategy & Performance team sits at the heart of decision-making which influences the BBC's long term future. We are a creative, innovative team drawing on data, insight and information to help advise BBC leadership on how the BBC's content and services should evolve. We help the organisation to evaluate trade-offs and choices where the answer isn't highly obvious.

Main Responsibilities

In addition to the specific responsibilities referenced above, Head of Strategy roles at the BBC can be expected to:
  • Manage a range of complex strategy projects across the divisions that are designed to deliver pan-BBC and divisional strategy priorities.
  • Co-ordinate the development of longer-term strategy for the division based on review of key markets, technology and audience trends, and policy/regulatory developments.
  • Advise directors and senior management on external developments in the market, policy and technology and the implications for strategy development across the Group.
  • Support the Director, Business Strategy and the Director, Content Strategy in contributing to major pan-BBC strategy projects.
  • Work closely with policy and regulatory legal in the delivery of strategic priorities including new service development.
  • Provide divisional boards with the strategic tools/approach needed to help them solve their business issues.
  • Contribute to objective setting and performance review process and ensure the division is accurately represented in the BBC's regular performance reports.
  • Bring divisional experience and knowledge to cross-divisional strategic issues/projects.
  • Present compelling arguments and diagnostics to influence divisional boards and senior stakeholders.
  • Line manage as required.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have in-depth knowledge of the media landscape in the UK and globally, and experience in a senior management role and/or of undertaking strategy development within a large organisation or consultancy. You'll have led complex projects with diverse stakeholders as well as being experienced in the resolution of politically sensitive issues. In addition, you will possess strong leadership skills through managing professional teams and the ability to influence decision-makers.

You'll possess strong negotiating and influencing skills, be confident advising senior teams (to Director/Board level) and be able to present complex data and arguments in ways that are accessible to everyone. Furthermore, you'll have experience of leading and managing professional teams, including providing coaching and feedback.

Package Description

Band: F
Contract type: Twelve month fixed term contracts (staff roles not for interim or day rate)
Location: London based role with some flexibility - i.e. hybrid working
Salary: up to £90,000pa (plus London Weighting £5,164pa), depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.

We're happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
  • 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 competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days annual leave (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.


About the BBC

The BBC is the world's leading public service media company. We're impartial and independent, and every day we create distinctive, world-class programmes and content which inform, educate and entertain millions of people in the UK and around the world.

The BBC's services for UK audiences include television channels and radio networks, regional and local television and radio programmes and services across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and digital services including BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC News, BBC Sport, BBC Weather and BBC Bitesize.

The BBC's mission and public purposes which are set out in the Royal Charter. The BBC is principally funded through the licence fee, paid by UK households. BBC Studios, the BBC's award-winning production company and world-class distributor, delivers additional revenue for investment in new programming and services for UK audiences.

About the BBC's values

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 in the document attached below.

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.

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