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Front End Developer - (Javascript, HTML & CSS)

Job Introduction

Have you ever wondered what foundations power the BBC’s online Glastonbury coverage, or the BBC’s Olympics live streams, or indeed BBC iPlayer?

BBC Design & Engineering Online Production Systems provide editorial staff with web based tools to enable them to realise their visions, leading to the success and universal industry praise of those propositions which are so popular with our audiences in the UK and abroad. We are an innovative team using industry best practices and cutting edge services to shape the future of the BBC’s audience-facing online services by creating tools that are loved and valued by thousands of BBC editors, producers and journalists.

Working in a highly agile multi-disciplinary team, the successful candidate will be expected to produce enterprise level ECMAScript 6 functional style JavaScript Flux applications (using React and Redux) with thorough tests (using Enzyme and Chai) for Amazon Web Services cloud-based deployments and partake in code reviews, design meetings and innovation brainstorming sessions. The application of industry best practices such as test-driven development, continuous integration, continuous delivery, pair programming and microservices is expected in order to produce robust, scalable, reusable and sustainable systems. Keeping abreast of the latest industry and open source developments in order to bring new ideas to the table and help shape the future of BBC Design & Engineering Online Production Systems will be highly regarded.

Come join BBC Design & Engineering Online Production Systems to learn from the best and lead the rest.

Role Responsibility

  • Develop effective software that meets given specifications
  • Review and give feedback on others’ code
  • Write appropriate tests using automated test driven techniques to ensure code quality
  • Integrate the software with monitoring and support tools
  • Support system integration in its operating environment
  • Write and review technical documentation
  • Help to troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the product life cycle, including out of hours support for incident resolution
  • Participate in the team's agile planning and delivery process
  • Effectively participate in the teams software development methodologies, such as pairing, code and documentation reviewing and continuous delivery
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies

The Ideal Candidate

Essential

  • Demonstrable experience writing and maintaining robust production software
  • Competence in one or more mainstream development languages and frameworks
  • Competence with one or more mainstream development and deployment tool chains (IDE, SCCS, CI)
  • Knowledge of the web architecture and key technologies (HTTP, DNS, distributed design)
  • Competence in test driven development and broader testing & QA concerns
  • Competence in developing for operational concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations)
  • Experience of project working and professional software development processes, including agile
  • Effective collaboration within a team – ability to speak up, challenge, agree and commit

Desirable

  • Experience of database design and use in software applications
  • Takes responsibility for driving tasks to completion
  • Understanding of designing & implementing for non-functional concerns
  • Worked in a professional software development environment on several projects (including experience in testing, design and release)
  • Experience of releasing their software to a production use case
  • Participated in reviews and inspections of code (sat with a peer or someone more senior reviewing your code)

Package Description

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious software engineers to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • A vibrant digital community – we have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.
  • A variety of technical challenges – we work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.  This re-alignment will not affect the terms and conditions of the appointment.

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