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Software Engineer (Test) - TV & Radio

Job Introduction

The TV & Radio Product Group in BBC Design & Engineering works on multiple products and systems to deliver innovative and exciting online experiences around thebest TV & radio content in the world.We work on iPlayer, Radio and programmes web sites and support in house systems that allow the BBC to schedule radio programmes.

The team is responsible for a wied range of pages including the radio network homepages (,music event sites, BBC Music(,programme pages ( and the responsive web iPlayer well as in house systems.

We work in an agile environment, with several eams developing new features forrelease against both scrum and Kanban lifecycles. Our goal is to develop imaginative and engaging new features for ourproduct portfolio, delivering across multiple devices without compromising on quality,standards and accessibility, serving our 15m+ weekly unique audience and driving upaudience reach.

About the team
We are based in the London BBC offices at Broadcast centre. Its a fast paced environment, withlots of cross team working juggling new requirements with changing dependencies fromother BBC teams. We relish being under pressure, and we dont shy away from achallenge! One of our biggest strengths is pulling together and working as a team to getreleases out on time, to budget and to the highest quality.

Were also passionate about personal development and creativity. We run regular hackdays where the whole team has chance to work on projects outside of BAU tasks and weve hadseveral experiences of hack day projects making it to Live.

Inaddition to organised hack days, we encourage everyone in the team to contributetowards decisions developersand testers are encouraged to seek out new tools,technologies and ways of working, to continually improve our processes.

Why should you join us?
Were passionate about testing and were lucky to work in a team where everyoneappreciates the test teams efforts. We work extremely closely with the developers andencourage lots of test/dev collaboration.

We work in a very unique environment, where we have to satisfy lots of different userneeds this includes covering many different browsers, platforms, mobile devices andgeographical areas whilst also ensuring our products are accessible to users withadditional requirements such as assistive technologies.

No two days will ever be the same one day you may be pairing with a developer andautomating scenarios using Ruby or Java, whilst the next you are manually testing functionalityusing a screenreader. Youll also be expected to write Gherkin feature files, writeexemplary defect reports and collaborate with other testers and disciplines.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for an experienced tester with a strong technical background. The ability tocommunicate with stakeholders in a clear concise way is very important, as is the ability toprioritise tasks and cope well under pressure. Youll be comfortable with automated andmanual testing, happy writing code in either Ruby or Java and be familiar with frameworks such as cucumber. Youll be responsible for validating the functional and nonfunctionalbehaviourof our products, ensuring what we produce meets the level of quality we aspire to.

This isa great opportunity to help shape products that are usedandenjoyedbyamassive,increasingly global audience.

Key Accountabilities
Happily move between development,automation testing &manual testing
Examine and validate the functional and nonfunctionalbehaviour of frontendandserversidesoftware
Participate in the architecture and design of features early in the development cycle,influencing it to drive quality and adherence to the specification
Raise descriptive, analysed and meaningful defect reports
Participate in daily bug triage meeting, advising development andproduct stakeholderon the severity/impact of defects found
Debug issues using appropriate tools and techniques e.g. inspecting error logs, usingbrowser debugging tools, inspecting the code
Work in a cross discipline scrum team and contributing to the team in terms of processand rituals
Investigate and resolve problems in a timely manner, liaising with the appropriatestakeholders where necessary
Contribute to the automation suite and write robust, efficient, optimised Ruby code
Peer review others team members Ruby code and feature files
Pair with members of the development and product team to create feature files for newfunctionality in a BDD style
Create effective functional tests
Carry out exploratory testing both structured and unstructured
Work closely with the product owners and development team to ensure we deliver ahigh quality product
Have a good understanding of various tools and technologies along with theirbenefits/drawbacks. Suggest improvements to the test approach where appropriate
Work collaboratively with other testers and teams to ensure the spread of goodpractices and knowledge sharing
Contribute to discussions on test process and procedural improvements
Learn and develop

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience with coding Java/Ruby most useful.
  • Experience with building and maintaining test automation suite. Ghenrkin/Cucumber/Selenium most useful here
  • Some experience of exploratory testing and an understanding of test techniques to derive test cases
  • Good communication and collaboration skills
  • Passionate about the end-to-end audience experience

Package Description



London W12

About the Company

We dont 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 youve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. Youll 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.


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