BBC launches job hunt for a £78,000-a-year Non Job with a four-page job description reading like a script from W1A

The BBC is looking for a ‘head of change’ and is offering a salary of up to £78,000 for the job.

  • Bizarre role, which reads like a script from W1A, will be based at its headquarters in London and has been advertised online on the Corporation’s website
  • Applicants could be forgiven for what duties may include despite four-page ad 
  • The Corporation’s jargon-filled advert online uses the word ‘change’ 77 times
  • BBC said: ‘Head of change is a common job in businesses across the country’ 

The bizarre role, which reads like a script from W1A, will be based at its headquarters in London and has been advertised online on the Corporation’s website.

Applicants could be forgiven for what their duties may include, despite the four-page advert – which uses the word ‘change’ 77 times.

Some have noted the job title appeared to have drawn inspiration from the satirical ‘head of values’ and ‘director of better’ posts filled by Hugh Bonneville (pictured) and Sarah Parish’s characters in W1A

The BBC’s jargon-filled ad states the role will be to ‘influence the success of the Terms & Conditions programme with far-reaching impacts’ while also ‘leveraging opportunities for benefits’.

‘Oversee and gain senior stakeholder buy-in for the design and planning of the required change management interventions required to successfully embed the change,’ reads one task.

BBC journalists are said to be infuriated by some of the jargon adopted in the advert, according to The Times, and some have noted the job title appeared to have drawn inspiration from the satirical ‘head of values’ and ‘director of better’ posts filled by Hugh Bonneville and Sarah Parish’s characters in W1A.

In the ‘ideal candidate’ section, the BBC said it is looking for someone with ‘experience of facilitating and monitoring change, and able to confidently deal with complexity, and ambiguity in a pressured environment, and can flex to changes in business focus’.

Applicants could be forgiven for what their duties may include, despite the four-page advert – which uses the word ‘change’ 77 times

The head of change is within the corporation’s deputy director general group, which is responsible for departments including HR, finance and legal.

A BBC spokesman said: ‘It’s true the BBC is changing as we modernise and become ever more efficient, and head of change is a common job in businesses up and down the country.’