Lawyer/CRBA Manager, News (21 hours/3 days a week)

Mar 31, 2024
Apr 04, 2024
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Job Introduction

We are looking for a Lawyer to join the BBC Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs (CRBA) News team. This is a permanent part–time role based in London, W1; our expectation is this would be a three day a week position but are open to discuss how this could be phased.

CRBA manages and connects the BBC's Intellectual Property, strategic and business interests through expert negotiation, contracting and commercial deal–making. It is comprised of multiple business teams embedded in Content (including Television, Radio & Music, Children's & Education, Sport), News, Technology & Product, the Nations, plus a central CRBA team. The teams share many common business activities key to the commissioning, production and distribution of the BBC's services and content. Also, the teams work with the BBC's professional services including Finance, HR, Legal, Editorial Policy and Strategy.

Although you may be assigned to a particular CRBA area and workload, from time to time you may be required to work in other areas of CRBA to broaden knowledge, skills and experience.

All CRBA colleagues are 'agile workers' and our expectation is that they will work an average of 2–3 day per week in BBC buildings.

Main Responsibilities

As Lawyer, you will draft and negotiate a variety of agreements relating to News (UK and International) production and business activities including filming locations and use of third party material. You will provide legal support to newsgathering and content production as well as to arrangements with distribution and broadcast partners. You will provide rights advice for production areas. There will also be opportunities to advise on a range of other work, including support for the BBC's 70+ international bureaux spread across nearly 60 countries and national events coverage.

You will help to support the development of business affairs best practice, training, etc. for the wider CRBA News team.

Are you the right candidate?

To be successful in this role the following skills, knowledge, and experience are essential:

  • 3–5 yrs PQE qualified lawyer with media experience gained in a broadcaster or independent production company;
  • understanding of editorial issues and of the production process;
  • good working knowledge of and experience in intellectual property (particularly copyright);
  • strong contracting experience and commercial awareness;
  • ability to give clear advice both written and verbal;
  • proven negotiating and influencing skills;
  • ability to problem solve and provide support in a time pressured environment;
  • ability to prioritise tasks and manage stakeholders; and
  • interest in news and current affairs, broadcast and digital media.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent – part–time 21 hours/3 days a week
Location: London based role with some flexibility – i.e. hybrid working
Job Title: in–house title is Commercial, Rights and Business Affairs Manager
Salary: FTE GBP57,000 to GBP67,000pa (inclusive of London Weighting GBP5,164)/ which pro rata's to GBP34,200 to GBP40,200pa (inclusive of London Weighting GBP3,098.40), 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 committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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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.