Assistant Producer, Marine Landmark Series
The makers of Blue Planet II are now embarking on a new ambitious series, exploring the world’s oceans to reveal their wonder. 

Delivering in autumn 2021, the series will combine landmark blue chip natural history content with exploration and adventure.
Job Introduction
BBC programmes and channels are enjoyed by millions of viewers around the world. Now an opportunity has arisen for an Assistant Producer to join the Natural History Unit on a 6 month fixed term contract. 

The Natural History Unit is the world leader in natural history programming and includes outstanding landmarks e.g. Blue Planet II, children’s series and exceptional live events such as Springwatch and Big Blue Live.

The makers of Blue Planet II are now embarking on a new ambitious series, exploring the world’s oceans to reveal their wonder. Delivering in autumn 2021, the series will combine landmark blue chip natural history content with exploration and adventure.

Role Responsibility
Assistant Producers contribute to the output of the NHU by working as part of a production. The role includes involvement at every stage of the production process including research and pre-production; location and/or studio filming; and post production. You will be passionate about all our output, know what makes a good story and relish the challenge of producing creative and ambitious content.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Extensive experience finding and developing story-lines across long-form programming, rigorously working up editorial detail while collaborating closely with Producer and SP.
  • A critical editorial eye, with proven ability to analyse and cross examine high ambition sequences.
  • Ability to interrogate and develop complex sequences that combine blue chip behaviour and science exploration.
  • A track record of finding new behavioural stories for television, from the humorous to the dramatic.
  • Experience of setting up complicated shoots to remote locations.
  • Experience setting up and directing strong behavioural stories for blue chip wildlife programmes.
  • Ability to build relationships with a variety of people from different backgrounds - including scientists, scientific organisations and fixers.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Be a good team player, sharing knowledge and information but confident to work well independently, particularly in the field. 
  • Understands the duty of care in general with regard to individuals’ well-being and an appreciation of Health and Safety when working topside or underwater and in remote locations.
  • Experience with new media and evidence of self-shooting for ‘Making of’ and Digital Content.

  • Passion for the ocean, experience of working in this field, ideally with qualifications.
  • Proven knowledge and an interest in cutting edge camera technologies and techniques with the ability to produce visually new stories.
  • Experience of effective logging and preparation of sequences for a craft editor as well as taking sequences through the edit with a draft script.  
  • Knowledge of editorial guidelines and awareness of BBC and statutory policies and regulations relevant to programme making, familiarity with the BBC employment practices and policies such as diversity, equal opportunities, and health and safety guidelines.

Package Description:
  • Band: C
  • Contract type: Fixed Term/Attachment
  • Location: Bristol

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 holiday 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
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. 

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, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

Next Step
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