Senior Programme Manager Film
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Region: UK Country: Flexible (any UK office) Department: Arts Job Category: indefinite contract, part-time 0.8 FTE) Location: London, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff or Edinburgh Pay Band: 8
The Organisation

The British Council was founded to create ‘a friendly knowledge and understanding’ between the people of the UK and wider world by making a positive contribution to the countries we work with, and in doing so making a lasting difference to the UK’s international standing, prosperity and security. The programmes we use to do this are wide-ranging and cover the arts, education, English, science and society.

The Arts

Our UK Arts team works with the British Council’s global network of offices to achieve significant impact and change by finding new ways of connecting and seeing each other through the arts. Our team in the UK has three main groupings: We have six art form teams; three cross-disciplinary teams; and three country-specific teams in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Our aim is to see stronger creative sectors across the world that are better connected with the UK.

We believe arts and culture are vital to prosperous, secure societies, and that offering international cultural connections and experiences strengthens their resilience. We are uniquely able to make a difference thanks to our extensive and diverse networks in the UK and internationally, enabling us to respond to the individual context of each place we work in. Link to Vision on internet.

The Team

In the Film team we use our connections and understanding of the UK contemporary film and media sector to advise and support our international colleagues on working with film within cultural relations programmes and provide a link to the UK. Together we develop projects to encourage showcasing, collaboration and professional exchange. We work in partnership with filmmakers and other film professionals to build relationships between the filmmaking, film sales, exhibition, and film education communities in the UK and around the world.

The Opportunity

We have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Programme Manager Film to ensure, working with colleagues in the Arts Strategic Business Unit (SBU) and throughout the British Council, that the cultural relations programme contains relevant, high quality, cost effective and impactful film-related components.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the following essential knowledge & experience:

  • Good, wide knowledge of contemporary UK film and the ability to make critical judgements across genres.
  • A good network of contacts across the UK film sector.
  • A track record of in film programming, film press/marketing, exhibition or production.
  • The ability of write effectively for a variety of different audiences.

Some of the main opportunities/challenges include:   (Please see Role Profile for full details of the duties) 

  • Using a network of connections across all Strategic Business Units (Arts, English & Exams and Education &Society) and the regions to ensure that the value of film in supporting global cultural relations objectives is recognised in all parts of the organisation and film plays a strategic and appropriate role in British Council Cultural Relations.
  • Ensuring the work of the team aligns to strategy, and projects run smoothly and to plan, working alongside programme managers to achieve this.
  • Ensuring that the global film programme represents the full breadth and diversity of the UK film sector, and that the UK sector understands the opportunities of working with the British Council.
  • Ensuring that the film team is efficiently managed, especially in the areas of contact data management, budget tracking, recruitment and evaluation.
  • Ensuring that the global film programme reflects contemporary and imminent developments in the UK’s film development, production and exhibition industries.
  • Identifying new opportunities for film project partnership.

Equality Comment & Equality of Opportunity (UK)

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.  All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks. 

For further information please see the documents below:

Role profile

British Council Behaviours


  • Generous pension
  • 32 days annual leave
  • Flexible working policy
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Season ticket loan 

The closing date is 9th July 2017 at 23:59 UK time and we are looking to schedule the interviews for Wednesday 19th July