Head of the Natural History Unit

23 Feb 2012
21 Mar 2012
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Head of the Natural History Unit

We have a fantastic opportunity for a new Head of the world renowned BBC Natural History Unit.

The Natural History Unit is the world leader in natural history programming and includes outstanding landmarks e.g. Frozen Planet, Expeditions, The Natural World, Childrens series including Deadly 60 and exceptional live events such as Springwatch and Autumnwatch.

Our aim is to consolidate and enhance our position as international market-leader in natural history production and to ensure that the NHU continues to deliver programmes of excellence and distinction

We are looking for someone to lead the internationally award-winning Natural History Unit made famous by exotic wildlife, stunning scenery and breathtaking insights into the world we share. Devising and developing the genre strategy ensuring the NHU meets its editorial ambitions and objectives, you will develop business plans to maximise the revenue streams as well as manage income and expenditure. Working with internal clients and external organisations nationally and internationally you will ensure our programmes are diverse and meet audience needs. In addition you will lead a team of talented and creative individuals, recruiting, developing and reviewing ongoing performance.

You’ll need to be a dynamic leader, able to inspire the NHU’s successful and highly innovative creative teams and develop the next generation of talent, both on and off screen.

You will have a proven background of working in natural history production at a senior level in a multi-platform environment, with experience of managing through significant change. It is crucial that Head of NHU is able to successfully represent the unique position of the NHU, both nationally and internationally and you must demonstrate a strong understanding of the international marketplace for natural history.

A strategic thinker with strong analytical skills you will be used to managing a number of different relationships, negotiating, influencing and persuading and making decisions as necessary. In addition you will need strong communication skills and a clear leadership strategy to successfully lead and inspire a highly creative department.

Closing date: Tuesday, 28 February 2012.

Interviews anticipated Wednesday, 21 March 2012.

To apply, please complete the 'Main Details' and 'Equal Opportunities' sections and upload a CV to the 'Additional Information Upload' section. In addition, in the 'Application Questions' section please provide details of your current salary/package; expected salary, and outline your interest in the role.