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Senior Software Engineer (Full Stack JavaScript)

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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 BBCs 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 working in a dedicated team of software engineers from a variety of development backgrounds such as front-end, video games, and back-end API engineering.

As a full-stack JavaScript developer your days could be spent implementing front-end features using React, creating extra functionality for our back-end Node.js Express servers, or deploying your code to AWS. We strive to write clean, easy to read, and testable code which allows us to build reliable applications for our users. Continuous integration means that you could be deploying to production multiple times a day, and even in your first week.

We ensure confidence in our code by adopting test driven
development. Youll be writing unit and integration tests for your code using Mocha, Chai and Sinon to enable continuous integration and deliver your new features to our live audience as quickly as possible.

As our applications are extremely high traffic, you will help the team to ensure high performance for our large scale events, such as when the voting opens on Strictly Come Dancing and when iPlayer hits peak viewership during the headliner sets at Glastonbury. Youll need to adapt to new or changing requirements, be able to produce rapid prototypes, and effectively communicate with the team as a whole.

The Ideal Candidate


  • JavaScript (ES2015/ES6)
  • HTML
  • CSS


  • Knowledge of test driven development
  • Testing frameworks: Mocha, Sinon, Chai (or similar)
  • Committing code to Git
  • React or other similar front-end JavaScript framewor

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

  • Excellent career progression:The BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious individuals 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.
  • 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 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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