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Developer in Test (Automation)

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Job Introduction

BBC Audience Platform is one of the BBC's biggest and most ambitious online projects. The ultimate aim being to personalise the online content, and engage more effectively with our audiences. Our services are transforming the BBC into a data driven organisation supporting the delivery of BBC’s services such as iPlayer, News, Sport, CBBC/ CBeebies, Weather, Radio and TV, etc. Our tech stack is largely Java, Node.js and AWS.


In BBC Audience Platform we use the latest tech, with teams that inspire innovation and autonomy, and striving towards Continuous Delivery. Our products span the whole of the BBC and reach millions of users!  Not only will you be working on great projects and with cutting edge technologies you will be surrounded by a team of like-minded Technology professionals from whom you can learn and grow. We regularly have Technical Brown bag sessions and try to have frequent Hackathons. This is an environment where we love to share ideas, challenge the traditional with our goal of taking the BBC on the journey to be a Digital First organization.

Role Responsibility

You will be part of one of the 6 Audience Platform Agile Scrum(ban) teams and will have the exciting challenge of building and maintaining automation tests.


Your role as a QA is a critical one for the team and it's important that you work closely with Senior Developer in Test in the team. You will need to understand the best practices for Testing and Automation while helping the team to achieve great quality. Testing can be varied across these teams from front-end UI, a significant amount of RESTful API, Big Data in some and wherever required, Performance Testing with the likes of Gatling. The tool sets as well vary a bit across teams, but there’s a fair bit of Java, Cucumber, and a bit of Selenium, and for performance testing - Scala(Gatling).


We strive towards writing great code that’s test-driven and easy for the anyone in the team to pick up. The excitement doesn’t purely end with automation tests though! You will have the opportunity to use and learn all the tricks of the trade to achieve the best Quality for the products. Understanding the feature requirements inside out, using exploratory and innovative practices for manual testing you will be able to communicate as well as collaborate, effectively with the team as a whole.


In BBC Audience Platform we use the latest tech, with teams that inspire innovation and autonomy, striving towards Continuous Delivery.

Are you the right candidate?


  • Experience with at least one object Oriented Language e.g. JAVA
  • Experience with at least one Test Framework e.g. Cucumber-JVM
  • RESTful API Testing
  • Recent experience working in an Agile environment



  • JAVA
  • Gatling
  • UNIX
  • TDD or Unit Testing
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Cross-platform Testing


Join us to deliver robust products at scale that in a modern AWS environment as part of a great multi-disciplinary agile team. Help us to deliver the solutions robustly and securely at scale – eg systems with more than 25,000tps, dealing with 2 billion data points in real time daily by the end of the year, delivering tens of millions of alerts in under a minute, and large-scale events such as voting on Strictly Come Dancing and Glastonbury on iPlayer.

Package Description

Grade 7 (Proposed band D)


  • 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, healthcare, gym and much more.

About the BBC

D+E offers a wide range of stretching, creative and impactful careers for talented people. We are the team that’s building the future of the BBC, whilst delivering TV, radio and online services to millions of people worldwide every day.


As well as being the people behind iPlayer and the News, Sports and Children’s services, we develop, support and maintain the systems and infrastructure that keeps the BBC on air and are responsible for the biggest British-run digital service in the world. In D+E, you’ll be working on unique challenges, hand in hand with the best creative minds in the UK and alongside one of the world's leading production and distribution companies (BBC Studios).


We offer challenging work but with the time to think and do things right. We uphold a 100 year history of invention and innovation in the BBC by welcoming and developing people of all backgrounds. 


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.


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