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Development Researcher Talent Pool – London

Job Description

Pacific Quay Productions (PQP), the Glasgow based BBC Studios factual production unit, is looking for Development Researchers (London based) to join its pool of Development staff.

A leading producer of arts, music and history content, PQP has a reputation for creating exceptional, critically acclaimed programmes. Our output includes the BBC’s flagship arts series, Imagine (BBC1), and series such as The Art of Japanese Life, Silk Road, and Hits Hype & Hustle. Our stand out single films include Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen and Milkmen, The Flu That Killed Fifty Million, Egon Schiele: Dangerous Desires, Kenneth MacMillan: The Dark Knight, and Pump Up the Bhangra: The Sounds of Asian Britain.

This is an opportunity to join the PQP Development team at an exciting time. Current projects include a Werner Herzog feature doc, a documentary about a Dutch art forger who claimed he fooled the Nazis, a musical travelogue, Rhythms of India and a new landmark arts series from James Fox. Going forward we are committed to building on our existing relationship with the BBC, as well as exploring the wider commercial market and establishing ourselves as key provider of arts, music and history content on a global platform.

BBC Studios and PQP are proud to work with the UK’s most accomplished writers and producers. As Development Researcher you will have a particular interest in the arts but also the ability to spot good stories and develop new ideas and across the range of specialist factual programmes.

We are looking for experienced Researchers, but open to those with a background in production or development. To be successful you will have an awareness of what people are watching and consuming, and be able to suggest unique, fresh ideas that will appeal to a broad range of audiences. A confident writer and communicator, you will demonstrate a dedicated approach to interrogating subjects and be able to suggest relevant on-screen talent and contributors.

The BBC Studios PQP Development Researcher Talent Pool is an opportunity for Researchers to express their interest in working for our Development Team based in London. The Talent Pool serves as a database of Researchers who have the necessary skills and experience to work with us, and forms a group of candidates that we will consider as a priority should a short-term (non-permanent) Development Researcher position become vacant.

Role Responsibility
Support Assistant Producers, Producers and Executive Producers with all aspects of development
Come up with new ideas, on-screen talent suggestions, and general contribution at regular brainstorming sessions
Suggest, develop and research appropriate ideas with accuracy and diligence, using a wide range of sources and & adhering to known BBC policies & guidelines
Provide writing and research to support the generation of treatments
Liaise with contributors, experts and talent, where required.
Set up taster filming, including sourcing suitable contributors, locations, storylines and archive, working closely at all times to the pitch brief of the lead Producers and Executive Producers.
Maintain and high awareness of current cultural trends and viewing habits
Work collaboratively as part of a strong and effective team, using your judgement to refer upwards when appropriate
Work effectively to ensure all content is thoroughly researched and meets the BBC’s editorial standards
Carry out all duties in accordance with Health and Safety regulations.
Are you the right candidate?
Experience of working as a Researcher within production or development
Strong analytical thinking and the ability to assess complex information to provide accurate and engaging summaries of research
Experience of gathering and accurately presenting research information
Demonstrable ability to find strong storylines and contributors
Ability to prioritise a conflicting workload efficiently and to maintain standards of accuracy and attention to detail when working to deadlines or changing priorities
An understanding of the clearance of all copyright material, including archive, music and stills
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of internal and external contacts
Potential to make insightful contributions in team meetings
A passion for BBC Studios content and factual television generally
Package Description
Band: B
Contract type: Various, casual – full time & part time
Location: Broadcast Centre London

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.

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.

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