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Intelligence Squared has established itself as a leading forum for live, agenda-setting debates, talks and discussions in London and around the world. Founded in London in 2002, we also operate in New York, Sydney and Hong Kong. Our events reach millions of people globally through live-streaming, YouTube, television broadcasts on BBC World News and our weekly podcast.

Past speakers include President Jimmy Carter, Stephen Fry, Patti Smith, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Eric Schmidt, Martin Amis, Sean Penn, Steven Pinker, Mary Beard, Richard Dawkins, Michael Chabon, Germaine Greer, Christopher Hitchens, Grayson Perry, Jaron Lanier, Rob Lowe, P.J. O’Rourke, Zaha Hadid, Naomi Wolf, Dominic West, Salman Rushdie, Jeffrey Sachs, Gore Vidal and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

In addition to our public programme we also collaborate with a number of partners on bespoke events. These have included Google, Selfridges, Save the Children, Shell, Saatchi Gallery, OECD and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

We’re always looking for talented individuals to join our team. Please get in touch at careers@intelligencesquared.com.

 

Current Opportunities (2)

 
Executive Producer of Podcasts

Full-time

Location: London

Intelligence Squared (IQ2) produces podcasts and video content and hosts live debates and events. It also provides events and audio and video solutions for businesses. The company has established itself as the leading forum for live, agenda-setting debates, talks and discussions around the world. Its aim is to promote a global conversation that enables people to make informed decisions about the issues that matter, in the company of the world’s greatest minds and orators.

We are looking for an Executive Producer of Podcasts to focus on building on our current success. The Executive Producer will oversee the day-to-day production of all editorial podcasts, will offer creative input and ideation on branded podcasts, and will look to launch new editorial podcasts and grow the podcast team. 

This is a new and really important role at Intelligence Squared. We’ve grown quickly on both the editorial and branded parts of our podcast business and we need an experienced leader who can make sure that our editorial podcasts are as great as they can be and that we’re recruiting the best people to be part of a team that values collegiality as much as productivity.

The Executive Producer will report to the Head of Podcasts.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Overseeing and growing the main Intelligence Squared podcast
  • Generating and developing new editorial podcasts that will succeed in the UK and other markets, including the US
  • Scoping out the production and marketing costs, setting production timelines and budgets, launching new shows and continuing the push to grow them after launch
  • Helping generate and hone ideas for branded podcasts, as part of a creative braintrust 
  • Working with the Head of Podcasts and the CEO on growth strategies
  • Working with the audience development team to make sure promotional plans are in place for podcasts
  • Overseeing editing, scripting and sound design
  • Helping recruit new producers and other team members as the podcast part of the company grows
  • Helping recruit and develop podcast hosts
  • Contracting with freelance producers and editors to produce shows
  • Exploring co-productions on new shows with other production companies

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience as an outstanding editorial leader with a track record of generating new audio ideas that become critically and commercially successful 
  • A fast metabolism and an ability to pivot quickly and juggle multiple projects while maintaining standards
  • Strong writing skills
  • A commitment to including diverse and representative voices in the production process and in the finished product
  • A commitment to colleagues and their success and development
  • Experience managing audio producers and editors
  • Strong journalistic and storytelling skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A passion for debate, discussion, current affairs and thought leadership

Intelligence Squared is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and we particularly encourage applicants from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

Salary range: £53,000-58,000 plus inclusion in the company’s results-linked bonus scheme. There will be a three-month probationary period.

The company offers a full pension scheme and 25 days of holiday, plus bank holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year, in lieu of attending some Intelligence Squared evening events during the year. For now, team members work from home but are expected to attend at least one day in an office in London every two weeks. If the company returns permanently to an office that will be the primary place of work.

Please send a cover letter and CV to careers@intelligencesquared.com. Please include Executive Podcast Producer in the subject line. The deadline for applications is September 30.


 
Production Manager (Maternity Cover)

Start Date: Monday 10th October 2022

Duration: 9 months

Intelligence Squared (IQ2) hosts live debates and events, produces podcasts and video content and also provides events and audio solutions for businesses. The company has established itself as the leading forum for live, agenda-setting debates, talks and discussions around the world. Its aim is to promote a global conversation that enables people to make informed decisions about the issues that matter, in the company of the world’s greatest minds and orators.

We are looking for a Production Manager to focus on delivering projects to the highest standards and building good client relationships. The Production Manager will work closely with clients as part of IQ2 Solutions and have ultimate responsibility for the oversight and execution of scopes of work for clients as booked.

Responsibilities include:

  • Act as the primary point of contact for clients 
  • Predict resources needed to achieve objectives and manage resources in an effective and efficient manner. Liaise with operations, design and social team members accordingly  
  • Prepare budget based on scope of work and track project costs in order to meet budget
  • Develop and manage a detailed project/event management plan
  • Oversee liaison with venues (when related to client work), occasionally negotiation of requirements and booking 
  • Provide project updates on a consistent basis to various stakeholders about strategy, adjustments, and progress
  • Understand and help to meet the targets and aims of the client
  • Monitor progress and make adjustments as needed
  • Measure, report and analyse performance to identify areas for improvement


Knowledge, skills, experience

  • A passion for developing relationships and strong industry expertise
  • Strong people, negotiation and influencing skills
  • Very good project management skills 
  • The ability to communicate confidently – both through speaking and writing – with colleagues and clients from all levels of an organisation
  • Self-motivation and hands on working attitude 
  • Commercial awareness


What we can offer:

  • A creative, international working environment with plenty of scope for independent, autonomous work and for developing and shaping your own ideas
  • A variety of tasks in a committed, dynamic team
  • An open corporate culture with flat hierarchies
  • Flexible working hours and the possibility to combine remote work with on-site work
  • Inclusion the company’s bonus scheme in monthly prizes


Salary range:

£37,000 – £41,000 p/a

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

To apply please send a CV and cover letter to careers@intelligencesquared.com.