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We have many and varied roles – from film restorers, programmers and policy-makers to those in our support services, such as marketing, finance, HR and IT.

All of our job and internship opportunities are advertised on our website. Some roles are also advertised on specialist websites, as well as the Guardian and their diversity network.

Opportunities include:

  • Paid employment in permanent and fixed term roles
  • Freelance assignments
  • Apprenticeships
  • Paid internships.

To receive new BFI job opportunities as soon as they are posted, please sign up for a BFI job alert by completing your preferred search criteria and clicking on the ‘Click here to save this search as a job alert’ button at the bottom of the search results page.

Good luck with your application.

The BFI web recruitment site is currently undergoing emergency maintenance. We expect the site to be up and running again by 04 November 2014.

Current live recruitment at the BFI includes:

Research Manager – closing date of 13/11/2014

Salary £34,446 - £40,296 per annum

The BFI has an exciting opportunity for a Research Manager to assist in the collection and publication of official statistics and in-depth analyses of the performance of UK film, and maintain and develop the BFI UK Film Database.

The post holder will assist in the conduct of quantitative research relating to film and contribute to the development of evidence-based policy.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrable experience of producing and publishing statistics and managing research in a working environment. An understanding of Official Statistics policy and the Code of Practice would be an advantage.

You will have a first degree or higher degree in which statistics, data collection, analysis and interpretation formed a significant part.

You will enjoy benefits such as our BFI pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

The closing date for applications is 13 November 2014. Interviews will be held on 24 November 2014.

Information Manager

Salary £34,446 - £40,296 per annum

As the Information Manager, you will take the lead in the planning and implementation of best practice information management processes and procedures within the Collections & Information department. This will involve taking responsibility for BFI collections documentation, in regards to data quality, standards and procedures, in accordance with BFI Documentation Policy.

The ideal candidate will have previous experience in a senior information management role, preferably gained within a similar environment. You will have in-depth knowledge of information management, data quality principles, and their practical application across a variety of uses, as well as experience of working with a variety of information assets and electronic records. This role requires excellent organisational skills and experience in project management techniques, with the ability to prioritise, manage and meet deadlines. Excellent communication and presentation skills are essential as well as line management experience and managing performance of teams. You will be proactive in your approach and deal effectively with staff/clients at all levels.

You will enjoy benefits such as our BFI pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

The closing date for applications is 10 November 2014. Interviews will be held on 27 November 2014.

Human Resources Advisor

Salary £22,401 - £32,499 per annum (dependant upon qualification)

The BFI is the lead organisation for film in the UK. We are a Government arm’s length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film.

We are looking for an HR Advisor who is totally professional, proactive and customer-focused to join us. You will already have at least 2 years experience as an HR Advisor and will be Associate CIPD qualified or working towards this. In addition to being the main point of contact for your client group, you will support the team to ensure that our people strategy, policies and practices in all areas across the BFI are best practice and fit for purpose.

One of our key current projects is the implementation of a new finance/HR/payroll system which will be an enabler for transforming our customer experience and supporting our organisation development initiatives. You will take a lead role in the maintenance and development of the system, whilst supporting the HR Assistants with data entry and administration (full training will be provided).

Your working environment will be challenging and inspiring. Our turnover is C£100m, we have around 500 staff plus freelancers and volunteers to support our highly varied activities – including the world’s largest film archive, the London Film Festival and funding of film productions to name but a few. Based in Central London, you will enjoy benefits such as our pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

This post is based at Stephen Street (nearest station is Tottenham Court Road).

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 05 November 2014. First round interviews will be held on Thursday 13 November 2014.

IT Support Technician

Salary £22,401 - £26,208

This role is responsible for providing daily support to all users of the BFI IT infrastructure across all BFI sites. The successful candidate will also provide support on a rotating basis for the operation and maintenance of the networks and standalone computer systems at all locations of the BFI. Some evening and weekend work will be required on an occasional basis.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience of working in an IT environment. You will have a working knowledge of Microsoft Desktop software and Operating Systems, as well as working knowledge of Citrix, and Cisco hardware. You will have experience in dealing with external technical engineers, and an ability to deal effectively with people at all levels.

You will enjoy benefits such as our BFI pension scheme, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

The closing date for applications is 6th November 2014. Interviews will be held the week of 17 November 2014.

For further information about any of the above posts, including a job pack, or if you have any questions please email

Any application forms that have been part completed and saved correctly, will be available to complete and submit once the website is back up.

Please check back after 04 November 2014 to submit your application using the online application form.

We do apologise for any inconvenience and we look forward to receiving your application soon.

Many thanks,

Staff development

We take our responsibility to engage and develop staff seriously. We carry out a range of activities to facilitate this, including:

  • All employees are appraised each year and agree objectives and a development plan with their line manager.
  • Meetings are held regularly at directorate, department, team and individual levels with ‘all staff’ events from time to time.
  • We conduct a staff engagement survey regularly to see how we are doing.

Diversity and inclusion

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

We want to make sure our workforce is diverse and representative of the communities we work with, and that our opportunities are open to all.

  • We are Stonewall Champions. Stonewall works for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.
  • We are a Two Ticks (disability) employer. Accredited by Jobcentre Plus, we encourage applications from disabled people and guarantee an interview if our minimum requirements criteria for a role are matched by the disabled applicant.
  • We are members of the Employer’s Network for Equality and Inclusion.
  • We are members of the Southbank Employers Group, a partnership with a long-term commitment to improving the everyday experience of the area for employees, visitors and residents alike.

Employed staff benefits

We offer a range of benefits to members of staff, including:

  • BFI Defined Contributions Pension Scheme
  • 28-33 days annual leave
  • Free tickets to BFI Southbank events and access to other BFI events
  • Loan schemes, such as season ticket and computer purchase loans
  • Ride to Work Scheme
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • £100 towards annual health club membership
  • Sight & Sound magazine subscription
  • 35% staff discount at Benugo – Riverfront, and 20% staff discount at Benugo – Bar and Kitchen, at BFI Southbank
  • 70% staff discount on BFI DVDs, 50% on books and merchandise plus 20% off other items in the BFI Shop
  • 40% staff discount on all retail, including upstairs concessions, at BFI IMAX in partnership with ODEON

Certain conditions apply on some benefits – details are available from the Human Resources team. Some benefits are non-contractual and the BFI reserves the right to review benefits and withdraw them as appropriate.

Volunteer benefits

We provide travel costs within zones 1-6, plus a lunch allowance. There are also opportunities from time to time to access our film programme.

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