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Android Software Engineer - BBC Sounds App

Job Introduction

The BBC Sounds team has been tasked with shaping the future of audio at the BBC. Our app brings together live and on-demand radio, music, and podcasts into a single personalised experience, with more than 3 million weekly users. We’re looking for a talented and creative Android software engineer to help us keep improving and building our audience - we still have loads of great ideas for the future and we hope
you will too.

To be successful in this role you will need a good understanding of object-oriented programming, clean architecture, and test-driven development. Our Android app is written entirely in Kotlin, so if you have Kotlin
experience then that’s great - but more important will be your willingness and ability to learn.

We are a growing, self-organising and highly collaborative team of engineers, testers, UX designers and product owners. We value our engineers, offering regular training and development opportunities, as well as ‘10% time’ - allowing dedicated time for self-improvement, learning, and innovation. We take the time to reflect and improve on how we’re working through team retrospectives and mentoring. We’re a hardworking team who are supportive, care about each other, and promote a healthy work-life balance with opportunities for flexible working hours and a friendly working environment.

Role Responsibility

You will contribute to the development of features, fix bugs and issues, review code from others in the team and make a key contribution to the entire development lifecycle, from conception and discovery through
development and delivery. Everybody on the team has a say in how we work, so you need to be able to work with others across disciplines - collaborating with UX designers, API engineers, testers and product owners so that together we can make everything we do the best it can possibly be.

You’ll help create team goals and objectives, contribute feature ideas and discuss the future direction of the product, and give input in retrospectives on how we’re performing as a team and what we can do to improve. Even this job description was written collaboratively, using feedback and suggestions for everyone on the team.

We care about code quality and clean architecture, and we sweat the details. You’ll be happy to discuss technical details with the rest of the engineering team, contributing to discussions and communicating your
own ideas. You’re willing to take time to do things the right way. You follow and keep up to date with industry best practices and apply good design principles, using a variety of approaches such as pair/mob
programming and test-driven development.

You’ll also have opportunities to grow and specialise. We want you to be passionate about the future of technology in broadcasting, and the impact you can have. You’ll need a desire to keep learning and growing, which we support with cross-team groups, meet-ups, and chapters focussed on topics such as Android and iOS development, accessibility, security, development practices, continuous delivery and many other areas of interest.

Are you the right candidate?

Real-world Android experience in Java or Kotlin, with a deep understanding of Android app architecture and design idioms Experience and understanding of Object-Oriented Programming Knowledge of key design
and architectural patterns such as MVVM, MVP, Hexagonal Architecture and SOLID principles Strong understanding of Android UI conventions and guidelines such as Material Design Experience with unit testing and demonstrable understanding of Test-Driven Development Experience of source control systems such as Git A track record of producing maintainable code within collaborative environments Ability and enthusiasm for rapidly acquiring new skills and to work with new technologies Willing to participate constructively in group discussion, share their vision, challenge and encourage others to make our things better


  • Experience with Continuous Integration/Deployment systems Knowledge of UI automation testing in mobile apps Kotlin expertise Experience with iOS development in addition to Android Web services integration (REST, JSON) in a mobile environment
  • Experience with Agile/Scrum/Kanban project management methodologies Knowledge of Amazon Web Services
  • Degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or similar subject


Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent, Full time 
Location: Salford 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the BBC

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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here



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