Project Manager

Posted May 21




The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is a British public service broadcaster.

Broadcasting is undergoing a fundamental shift from linear to digital, driven by trends in content consumption, the influence of social media, and new technologies affecting the capture, production and distribution of content. The BBC is adapting its technology function to succeed and thrive in this environment.

Platform and Common Services within BBC Engineering delivers the platform, systems and processes that enable media content and metadata to flow through the organisation to its consumers, being stored and retrieved where necessary.

The Delivery team within Platform and Common Services supports product and project owners in delivering appropriate projects and products in the live environment, generally in an agile development context.


PCS is focused on managing metadata and programmes (in file format) from source to consumption. Our aim is to create and maintain great products which help transition the BBC to an IP-based technology organisation and enable it efficiently to deliver brilliant programmes and services which delight audiences.

Project Managers within the department manage complex projects, often with multiple dependencies, and assist programme managers by managing workstreams within larger programmes. They also work with product managers to plan, deliver and maintain products such as file movement, storage and metadata management amid tight constraints.

This process involves managing agile development teams, prioritising requirements, scheduling work, managing stakeholders, dealing with third parties, co-ordinating dependencies, accurately reporting progress, managing budgets, spotting and removing blockages, man1aging risks.

Role Responsibility

Key responsibilities of the Project Manager will include:

Project Management

  • Support the development of products throughout their lifecycle
  • Deliver traditional projects from initial shaping through to delivery to BAU
  • For agile development projects, manage sprint planning meetings and backlogs
  • Facilitate the prioritisation process

Supplier Management

  • Manage scope and change process
  • Identify and control risks
  • Manage issues as they occur
  • Escalate where necessary
  • Provide assurance of the highest standards in delivery
  • Where appropriate, manage the transition from project environment to BAU

Relationship Management

  • Develop good relationships with key stakeholders and development teams
  • Manage suppliers to ensure best value for the BBC
  • Identify and create opportunities for collaborative working

Dependency Management

  • Identify and manage key dependencies both into and out of the team
  • Ensure that owners of dependencies are aware of and own their dependencies
  • Work with dependency owners to schedule necessary work at appropriate times


  • Clearly communicate performance and progress against plans and budget, tailoring communication as appropriate to ensure relevance to the audience
  • Ensure that communication channels between key contributors to the project are open and well-used


  • Managing project approval processes
  • Monitor and control project budgets to ensure accurate forecasts are made and met
  • Process payments efficiently through the SAP system

The Ideal Candidate

Key skills, experience and qualifications:


  • Extensive experience of working in a media-based, agile development environment;
  • Solid understanding of the project manager’s role in scrum teams;
  • Strong experience of the rituals associated with a sprint cycle, and the use of Jira
  • Good appreciation of a product-based approach;
  • Proven ability to deliver projects on time, on budget and to the required quality;
  • Good experience of project setting and managing project budgets;
  • Experience communicating with stakeholders at all levels, including oral and written presentations;
  • Clear and incisive reporting style which highlights key factors;
  • Ability to draw on a range of styles to influence decision-making at various levels, and in a variety of contexts with well-reasoned arguments;
  • Experience of contractual relationships with third party suppliers;


  • A good understanding of the strategic vision of the BBC and its technology arm, and the ability to locate a project/programme within that vision
  • Appreciation of the transformation under way in in TV and radio from traditional broadcasting model to IP-based interactive services

About the Company

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. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

How to Apply

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