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Data Manager

The BBC

The BBC has been serving audiences online for more than 20 years. Across key products including BBC iPlayer, BBC News and BBC Sport, BBC Weather, bbc.co.uk and now BBC Sounds, we entertain, educate and inform audiences in their millions every day.

Behind the scenes, however, we have work to do. We are making the shift from being a broadcaster that speaks to our audiences to being a service that is shaped by them and designed around their wants and needs. We are creating personalised products and services that bring the right content, to the right people, at the right times – a personalised BBC. It will be our greatest leap since iPlayer, and that’s why it is right at the top of our agenda.

Delivering it is going to require a fundamental reshaping of the BBC’s culture and how we work. For the new Content Metadata workstream in our Content Production Workflows department, the first task is a ground-up rethink of our approaches to describing and classifying all of our content -- journalism, audio, video and digital alike.

This means asking ourselves some big questions: What metadata do we need to deliver a personalised BBC? What does the future of tagging at the BBC look like?  Importantly, as we increasingly move into subjective metadata, we also have to ask ourselves policy questions: what would it mean for us to say some programmes are “scary”? What is the difference between Fleabag and Mrs Brown’s Boys, when the metadata tells us they are both “Sitcoms”?

Working with the Editorial and Technical leads on Common Metadata, the Data Manager will help to answer these questions and ask more like them

Role Responsibility

  • Assist in the development and delivery of a pan-BBC approach to descriptive content metadata.
    Start creating guidelines for editors on good tagging practice
  • Use existing and emerging software systems to manage content metadata
    Start developing common metadata taxonomy prototypes at a high level based upon what we know about commonalities between products/services.
  • Work with UX and editorial colleagues to test and apply new fields in our tagging systems
  • Working with user experience teams and our audience-facing products, develop approaches to metadata that help users and audiences find and understand content

Are you the right candidate?

  • Assist in the development and delivery of a pan-BBC approach to descriptive content metadata.
    Start creating guidelines for editors on good tagging practice
  • Use existing and emerging software systems to manage content metadata
  • Start developing common metadata taxonomy prototypes at a high level based upon what we know about commonalities between products/services.
  • Work with UX and editorial colleagues to test and apply new fields in our tagging systems
  • Working with user experience teams and our audience-facing products, develop approaches to metadata that help users and audiences find and understand content

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: FT Permanent
Location: London W12 7TP

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 holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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