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Genre assistant, drama

Genre assistant, drama

companyChannel 4
locationLondon, UK
ExpiresExpires: 10/08/2022
Creative and Design
Permanent position

Closing date: 9th August at 11.59pm

Salary: depending on experience


In this junior-level role you'll be providing a high level of admin support to Channel 4's drama commissioning teams!

Channel 4 Drama aims to commission and broadcast the most talked-about and original drama in the UK, commissioning new work from both established and up-and-coming drama writers, in order to be a surprising, thought-provoking, entertaining alternative to the drama output on other channels. We strive to be true to the Channel's remit, balancing the popular with the provocative.

That includes:
It’s a Sin - Russell T Davies’ landmark drama about the HIV epidemic
Screw - Rob Williams’ fresh new take on prison drama
The Virtues - Shane Meadows’ masterpiece of repressed memory
The End of the F***ing World - Charlie Covell’s darkly comic series
Adult Material - Lucy Kirkwood’s controversial drama about the UK porn industry

We are also the home of Yorkshire-based returning series Ackley Bridge, which revolutionised the school drama genre, as well as award-winning, progressive soap Hollyoaks.

Through drama, we are always encouraging audiences to look at the world in a new and different way. In order to achieve this, we seek to create a departmental environment which is adventurous, inspirational and a welcome partner for all voices in the UK scripted industry, with professional and respectful relationships with independent production companies.

This job would suit someone collaborative, energetic and highly organized, with experience in administrative roles. We are an approachable team with an inclusive outlook, who share a passion for television drama and a belief that the job should be a lot of fun!  We welcome applicants from all ethnicities and backgrounds and will happily accommodate any specific needs.



  • PA to key members of the drama team, providing full administrative support including diary management, travel arrangements, arranging events, dealing with general correspondence, and expenses filing
  • Ensure visitors to the Drama team are handled appropriately



Knowledge, skills, experience

Technical & Professional Skills

  • Proven ability to cope in a very busy environment and to perform in high-pressured situations, able to cope with several tasks at once
  • To have and use initiative, but also be able to respond to orders and have a willingness to do whatever is required
  • Proven ability to prioritise tasks and work effectively without supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to be part of a team, work well with others in an open-plan department and deal politely with visitors from other companies
  • Possess a keen attitude and a willingness to learn
  • Flexibility, patience, perseverance and commitment to get the job done
  • Proven ability to work with confidential materials and issues
  • Always display a helpful attitude whilst managing diaries carefully and sensitively
  • Able to assist with the creation of Powerpoint presentations

Autonomy/Judgement/Decision Making

  • The Genre Assistant is expected to manage their own workload by prioritising accordingly and reporting back on completion.

Relationship Management

  • Builds valued and trusted relationship within Commissioning, with senior members of the Commissioning team, and across the business in order to handle confidential matters appropriately and effectively
  • Some members of the team will be based in different offices across the UK, and so the Genre Assistant must also be happy to develop relationships remotely
  • Maintains relationships with peers across all departments
  • Holiday/sickness cover for other PA’s within the Commissioning department

Complexity/Problem Solving

  • Job holder must operate within an ever-changing environment as well as dealing with both routine and non-routine problems. The issues are often sensitive so require considerate handling in order to resolve them
  • Works efficiently under pressure.

Business Impact/Strategic Perspective

  • Direct impact and influence on the effectiveness of the department
  • Objectives and tasks in the role are often short-notice and high priority.
  • Privy to a large amount of confidential information.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries.

Please make sure that you state in your application that you found this role via Creative Access.

Years of experience

  • Junior

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