SWITZERLAND – Following the announcement that Jon Ola Sandwills step down after the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union proclaimed the job for the new head of the Eurovision Song Contest. Typical procedure or an actual hunt for the new Eurovision master?
The mission of EBU Media is to support Members by providing them with outstanding content and helping them to reach out and connect with all categories of audience. It offers two types of services: We facilitate content services, ranging from our 24/7 exchanges for News and Music to our Eurovision Live Events. We provide strategic insights into content and content distribution solutions that respond to the changing media landscape.
Our ambition is to be indispensable to Members and to have great experts and highly recognized staff, with broad management skills, especially in people and network management. The Media Department is a benchmark of excellence for innovation and efficiency, combining cutting-edge technology and expertise to engender superior journalism and content.
The EBU Media department is looking for an ESC Executive Supervisor
The ESC Executive Supervisor is the person who on behalf of the EBU has the overall accountability for the ESC Brand. This includes the fields of member relations, content, production, transmission, finance, legal, logistic, security and communication & PR.
As the ESC is an apolitical event but with a potential political impact, overall and political stakeholder management is a key role for the Executive Supervisor.
- He/she is responsible for bringing all relevant information related to the development and progress of each year’s ESC to the EBU management, in addition to general related ESC matters that might be of importance or can cause reputational damage to the ESC brand and the EBU.
- He/she is managing the EBU team overseeing the yearly ESC preparation and operation, and responsible for ensuring that the Host Broadcaster (HB) team, in charge of the ESC operation on behalf of the co-producing Members, delivers the ESC event in accordance with the ESC Rules and the ESC HB Agreement. Regular visits to the HB and the Host City (HC).
- He/she manages the relation to the ESC external partners in the field the of the ESC official website & intranet, marketing & sponsoring, televoting & jury set-up, music rights & sales, security advise & accreditation.
- He/she manages the relation to the different EBU and Eurovision Services departments involved in ESC like Legal, Finance, Operations and Engineering, News,T&I, Member Relations and Communication.
- He/she is the main responsible for ensuring that the Participating Broadcasters (PBs) enter and perform in the ESC in accordance with the ESC Rules.
- He/she maintains broad contact with all the Public Broadcasters and is available for advice, consultation and support throughout the year, also by visiting the PBs on their preferred location.
- He/she develops networks to senior and recognised leaders in the industry, international organisations and Members.
- He/she is the main responsible for driving innovation and identify opportunities for new studies, trends, development and new services related to ESC.
- He/she is in charge of the long-term strategic development of the ESC, its brand and brand-related initiatives.
Specific qualifications, skills and experience:
The ESC Executive Supervisor must have background as a high-level media professional. Comprehensive experience in complex entertainment TV productions, events, digital development and storytelling.
- He/she must be able to work in an international environment and have strong cultural and political understanding, being able to mitigate strong conflicts in the field.
- He/she must have senior management experience, with a broad knowledge of the role of PSM.
- He/she must be a strong communicator with a fluent knowledge of English and preferably French.
- He/she must be a strong team player able to work in shifting environments and in different work cultures.
Frequent visits and meetings in the HC throughout the year. On site in the HC from approximately 4 weeks prior to the Event Weeks (EW). Short notice travels and work during evenings, weekends and holidays are expected.
- 8+ Years of experience in the broadcasting environment
- 5+ Years of experience in People Management (Proven track record)