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Data Engineers, Senior & Mid Level

Job Introduction

The BBC aims to stimulate and delight audiences across the UK with distinctive, creative content. To support this aim, BBC is entering a new charter period of significant and exciting change, developing new capabilities in order to define a BBC fit for the next generation.

OUR MISSION: To inform, educate and entertain all audiences, to deliver our public purposes

OUR AIM: To reinvent the BBC for a new generation

We’ll do this through... OUR AMBITIONS: Making sure everyone gets value from the BBC, world-class creativity, global reach, financial stability and making the BBC an even greater place to work.

Role Responsibility

Individuals within the Data Engineer role ensure that data pipelines are scalable, repeatable, secure and can serve multiple users within the BBC. They help facilitate getting data from a variety of different sources, in the right formats, adhering to data quality standards and that downstream users can get that data quickly. This role usually functions as a core member of an agile team.

These professionals are responsible for the infrastructure that provides insight from raw data and handles diverse sources of data seamlessly. They enable big data and batch/real-time analytical solutions that make use of emerging technologies. Additional responsibilities include developing prototypes and proof of concepts for the selected solutions, and implementing complex data projects with a focus on collecting, parsing, managing, analysing and visualizing large sets of data using multiple platforms.

They understand how to apply technologies to solve data problems and to develop innovative data solutions. The Data Engineer is a technical job that requires substantial specialist knowledge in a broad range of software development and programming fields. These professionals have knowledge of data analysis, end user requirements analysis and business requirements analysis to develop a clear understanding of the business needs and to incorporate these needs into technical solutions. They have a solid understanding of physical database design principles and the system development life cycle. These individuals must work well in a team environment.

As a Data Engineer you will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the BBC’s data management, analytics and data science services are put into practice and matured in the area that you support to transform business capabilities and enable the next generation of Broadcast and Digital services.

You will be a specialist in your field with expertise in at least one technology, software, infrastructure, application, digital or broadcast and production domain. You will provide knowledge and guidance to multiple stakeholders. You will have an appreciation of how the complete range of data science specialisms impact your area and you will use this knowledge to ensure you deliver data-informed change, improve decision making and creative reuse of assets across the area that you support.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Typically, an advanced degree in computer science, computer engineering, other technical discipline, or equivalent work experience
  • Software development or database experience
  • Familiarity with agile or other rapid application development methods and experience with object-oriented design, coding and testing patterns
  • Experience with object-oriented coding with variety of languages and experience with relational database internals, including both query processing and query planning, or other data processing infrastructure
  • Good knowledge of key data structures and algorithms and a basic knowledge of machine learning
  • Knowledge of data modeling and understanding of different data structures and their benefits and limitations under particular use cases
  • Familiarity with monitoring, backup, and disaster recovery of data systems and knowledge in different programming or scripting languages

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Glasgow

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 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 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, sexuality, social 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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