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Head of Software Engineering, BBC Platform

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

This is a rare opportunity to play key role in Platform Team, the department that powers content and personalisation services for the BBC. Your role as a Senior Leader within this function will be key to our journey of bringing together disparate teams and aligning ways of working. You will instrumental in our vision of changing the ways we engage with our audiences to enable a Digital First BBC.

A new role where you can have a big impact!

Role Responsibility

As a key member of the Platform Senior Leadership team, you will be tasked with driving consistency across our Engineering community (of 300+ people) in order to consolidate our technology choices, tooling and vendors. Your challenge being that you will not have direct line management responsibility thus the ability to have impact and influence through others will be key to your success

You’ll set up and govern numerous Communities of Practice across our department to ensure that we’re making sensible and informed choices around technology, tooling and vendors. You’ll put in place a training programme for our engineering community to ensure we have the right skills in the right place at the fight time to delivery our significant roadmap.

This is a rare opportunity to define the vision and strategy for how BBC Platform write, test and deploy code, moving towards a ”No-Ops” model where developers can focus on new features, rather than operational support



The Ideal Candidate

You will be an Agile Software Engineering Leader with a proven track record coaching, developing  and mentoring an engineering communities at scale.   Your experience dealing at C Level will mean you will be able to influence and provide leadership amongst your peers.

You will be passionate about Software Engineering, always looking to innovate and drive change and best practice. And will have a proven track record in driving and shaping thinking.

Your extensive leadership experience  will mean you are confident in driving change through others without actually having any no direct line management responsibility.

If you are up for the challenge please do apply telling us why you think you have what it takes.

We are looking to interview W/C  11THDecember.


Package Description

Grade 11 (proposed band F)

Permanent contract

Role can be based in London, Salford or Glasgow

About the Company

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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