Senior Journalist – BBC (Wales)

Job Band

Band:   D

Contract type: 12-month FTC/Attachment

Location: Office-based in Cardiff

Expected salary – £37,845 – £44,913 per annum depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.

Job Purpose

We’re looking for a Senior Journalist to lead on Search for BBC Wales News, delivering material for audiences in Wales and beyond, on one of the world’s largest and most popular news sites.

We want an ambitious and creative journalist with sound editorial judgment and experience of producing and overseeing Search content and analysis, including in breaking news situations.

You should have an eye for detail, a keen sense of audience needs in the digital space, as well as an understanding of how trends and audience data can improve our journalism.

The role will be called upon to write, edit and commission Search-related content, and to generate ideas for digital and linear coverage, helping to set the daily agenda.

You’ll help guide a team, with experience of supporting and managing others desirable.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • Manage the commissioning and production of Search-related and explainer content for BBC Wales News’ online and social platforms
  • Work closely with news and live page editors on daily priorities and scheduling
  • Stay abreast of breaking news to commission and make changes quickly
  • Use tools and techniques to identify and predict trending topics of interest, including on Search and Social, to inform editorial decisions, treatments, and promotion
  • Commission, write, sub-edit and curate text explainers
  • Collaborate closely with colleagues across the newsroom to ensure we present the best of the BBC’s journalism from other teams
  • Produce live content for digital, including live streaming
  • Help advise colleagues across the newsroom on how to research and produce Search and audience trend-inspired content

Knowledge, Skills, Training & Experience

The ideal candidate will be an adaptable and creative journalist with a strong understanding of how to deliver for digital audiences.

You’ll have the skills and experience necessary for delivering high-quality journalism, with all the competencies required for producing engaging digital content and to advise on linear content.

You’ll have the values and behaviours which enable you to lead the efforts of a team, overseeing other people’s work and keeping them engaged to deliver outstanding output over time.

You’ll be adept at creating a respectful, productive and positive environment, and you’ll be engaged by collaboration across different teams in order to deliver wider strategic aims.

The ideal candidate will be accountable, taking on board feedback for their own performance constructively, while delivering feedback to others in the same spirit.

You’ll be an improver when it comes to finding creative ways to enhance our workflows and our output, and you’ll be a resolver – someone who can fix problems effectively with speed.

The ideal candidate will be someone who works hard to create a culture which embraces diversity and inclusion, and which encourages others to be their authentic self in a work context, to feel able to contribute their best in all ways.

The role is office-based in Central Square in Cardiff. You’ll be working on a shift basis, including some nights and weekends.

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