Despite being at the 'Beeb' for almost two of its most turbulent years, Stephen Kelly, director of BBC People and a self-confessed Dr Who fan, still believes it's "a privilege" to work there. And not just because he can see first hand the creativity that goes into making the TV shows he so enjoyed in his youth.
Kelly, who joined as head of the HR division in October 2006, claims a job at the iconic media organisation is one of the most sought after in the world. The statistics back up the argument. The BBC gets 32 million hits per year on its jobs website. For an organisation of 25,000 people, the competition for each role is intense.
The BBC brand is undoubtedly a huge attraction for those looking to break into or develop a career in media, as is the sheer variety of jobs on offer. "People make a decision to join because of the breadth of roles they can work in here," Kelly says.
"There is no other broadcaster that has the opportunities we have here. You can have a very varied career. Media is also an interesting sector to be involved in, with the way audiences are consuming news and information."
Kilmarnock-born Kelly, 42, joined the broadcaster after seven years at BT. During his time at the communications giant he undertook three major roles, joining initially as compensation strategy director, before taking on a global organisational development role based in the US.
"I joined the company at the height of the dotcom bubble, so going through its burst and the pain of that was an experience," Kelly explains.
He was appointed chief HR and change officer in early 2002, driving the overall people agenda within BT Global Services, the company's business networks arm.
Landing the top HR job at the BBC was, in part, due to Kelly's track record in change management in large and complex organisations. The corporation is undergoing the biggest shake-up in its 86-year history with the ongoing development of its digital, online and mobile services, the continued success of