Assistant Commissioner Writersroom BBC Drama – Job Opportunity

The Assistant Commissioner Writersroom role is an exciting new position, working across both Drama Commissioning and the BBC Writersroom.

Job Title: Assistant Commissioner
Band: D
Contract type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom
Closing Date: 10 June 2021
Job Category: Commissioning Business Unit

It is a hybrid role that contains elements of a traditional Assistant Commissioning role – offering support across development and production alongside responsibility for sourcing, championing, and developing new, underrepresented, and authentic voices through BBC Writersroom.
Role Responsibility

You will report into the Head of New Writing, supporting them in the development and implementation of the strategic aims of BBC Writersroom, as well as working on a day-to-day basis with the Drama Commissioner responsible for Scotland across both developments and productions. 

Working with BBC Writersroom you will deliver core initiatives (e.g. Voices groups, TV Drama Writers Programme, Writers Access Groups etc.) –finding the best new writing talent, helping to organise/run the schemes, and applying your editorial skills to support the writers.

You will develop relationships with independent producers and companies with the aim of growing and supporting indigenous development and production.

You will scout talent from your own established, extended networks; providing strategic support and having an ongoing and focused dialogue that is informed by the needs and priorities of BBC Drama Commissioning.  There will also be a strong emphasis on building relationships with external cultural organisations and groups to generate partnerships and foster creative engagement at a local level.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a passionate, proactive, committed candidate who ensures fair representation, diversity, and inclusion in their work. Having a sound knowledge, understanding, and passion for the current television scripted landscape is core to this role as is an ability to see how your work fits with the wider needs of both departments in the service of UK audiences.

A strong, knowledge of working with scripts is essential, as is an experienced level of understanding of the commissioning landscape. You will have valid experience in creating first-class content from a TV drama, theatre, film, online, and/or interactive production background. Experience is in spotting and nurturing creative, writing talent is key to this role as is a practiced understanding how to enable and support writers to do their best work. You will have the ability to work with a wide range of creative people – commissioners, writers, developers, producers – and to listen effectively to different stakeholders needs.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work for an organisation that is diverse, challenging, and rewarding, with the opportunity to shape the future of public service broadcasting.


  • 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.
  • 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. Find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC here.

Deadline to apply for the Assistant Commissioner role is Thursday 10th June 202. Find out more and apply here


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