Closing Date : 06 December, 2022
It’s our centenary year and an exciting time to be part of the BBC as we undergo a period of reform to be a modern, digital-led organisation that drives the most value for all audiences.
IC&E sits at the centre of the BBC. It connects our workforce to each other, our culture, the BBC’s public purpose and mission, and the Executive Committee’s vision and strategy.
We have a fantastic opportunity to join the team as Internal Communications Lead on a 9-month attachment, supporting the BBC’s News and Current Affairs division.
BBC News and Current Affairs is responsible for all the BBC’s news output across all platforms including News Online, our 24/7 news channels, news bulletins on TV and radio, Newsbeat, the World Service as well as specialist current affairs programming such as Newsnight.
Under the leadership of our CEO Deborah Turness we are focused on building BBC News as a global brand relentlessly focused on the pursuit of truth, supported by our commitment to impartiality, accuracy and transparency.
Reporting to the Head of IC&E, News, you’ll work on a range of communications activity across all of News, but with a particular focus on business partnering senior stakeholders and supporting our transformation agenda.
You’ll act as the go-to for senior leaders and key teams, work on corporate announcements, internal updates, pulse surveys, change programmes, and champion internal comms channel innovations like our new employee app.
Through inspiring internal campaigns, activity and events you’ll support our strategy, showcase our output and celebrate our News colleagues’ journalism.
You’ll advise senior leaders on the best way to get their messages across effectively with a focus on authentic, two-way communications. You’ll help make the complex simple, and you’ll keep us improving; trying new approaches and making sure we measure how our comms are being received.
In addition, there is the opportunity to work with colleagues across IC&E and beyond to help shape BBC-wide campaigns and strategic initiatives and amplify them within the division.
As Internal Communications Lead, you’ll be responsible for building and maintaining effective working relationships with key stakeholders across the News and Current Affairs division.
You’ll attend key meetings, deputising for the Head of IC&E where needed, and be close to activities that support our BBC strategy to deliver greater value for all audiences.
In support of the News and Current Affairs division priorities, you’ll guide and support Television leaders with effective communications strategies and activities that will bring to life the BBC’s mission, purpose and values; drive transformation; contextualise challenges; celebrate success and showcase our creativity. Putting our employee audiences at the heart, you’ll focus on ensuring everything we do is timely, relevant and engaging.
You’ll lead on pinpointing key bits of our output that can be celebrated across the BBC, devising communications and engagement campaigns that help drive pride and advocacy.
As part of the News and Current Affairs IC&E team, you’ll play a key role supporting the Head of IC&E and wider team in planning and delivering events, announcements, engagement activities, leadership engagement, consultation communications and updates, ensuring they are high quality, pitched right and aligned to the broader IC&E corporate objectives.
Are you the right candidate?
We’re looking for some who is passionate about what we do at the BBC and can bring their internal communications experience and expertise to bear on range of strategic activities. Ideally, you’ll have:
Internal communications experience in a large, complex organisation
Familiarity with developing and delivering effective communications strategies
Experience with major change programmes
Proven stakeholder management at executive level
First-class communication skills, being able to write clearly and concisely for a range of audiences
Great attention to detail, adept at proofing
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues at all levels
Excellent organisation and planning skills
Ability to adapt, multi-task, manage your time and work effectively without supervision
Channel management and measurement expertise
Confidence with taking complex subjects and making them easy to understand
Broad experiences to draw on and fresh perspectives to offer
Contract type: Fixed term contract / Attachment (9 months)
Location: Within UK
Intended interview date: w/c 12/12/22
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 (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.
Job Application Requirements:
Any offer of employment with the BBC will be conditional upon you having the right to work in the UK.
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