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Junior Software Engineer (CPW - Curation, Authoring and Metadata )

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

Job Introduction

The BBC has been serving audiences online for more than 20 years. Across key products including BBC iPlayer, BBC News and BBC Sport, BBC Weather, and now BBC Sounds, we entertain, educate and inform people in their millions, every day.

Behind the scenes, however, we have work to do. We are making the shift from being a broadcaster that speaks to audiences to building products that are shaped around people. We are creating personalised services that bring the right content, to the right people, at the right times – a personalised BBC. It will be our greatest leap since iPlayer, and it is right at the top of our agenda.

Delivering it is going to require a fundamental reshaping of the BBC’s culture and how we work. For the new Curation, Authoring and Metadata group in our Content Production Workflows department, that means a ground-up rethink of the tools, workflows and technologies involved in creating, describing and curating all of our content -- journalism, audio, video and digital alike.

This means asking ourselves some big questions: What does online journalism look like as we leave the print world behind? How we do put tagging at the heart of a personalised BBC? The News and Sport front pages are seen by millions of people and are built by our tools: what are the best ways of curating the stories on them? What does structured content look like at scale, with a workflow that serves thousands of journalists around the world publishing in more than 40 languages?

We’re thinking about technology and culture too. Questions like: Instead of large unwieldy production tools can we build smarter and faster web-based apps out of React components and power them with GraphQL? How can we bring data science and machine learning to bear on content classification and publication workflows? And what are the ways of working that will allow a team of software engineers to design, build and support this at the scale of the BBC?

We’re figuring out the answers to these questions and more like them, and we’re starting right now. Come join us!

Role Responsibility

BBC Design & Engineering is looking for an enthusiastic software engineer. As a full-stack developer on the CAM team your responsibilities will be:

  • Design and implement content management components and services to specification that are efficient, scalable and well abstracted, using a variety of server-side technologies.
  • Ensure quality of code by implementing unit, integration and acceptance tests, as well by using code reviews and pair programming.
  • Write clear, concise and comprehensive technical documentation.
  • Liaise with other teams to explore and suggest appropriate technical solutions to achieve the required product features while safeguarding usability, reliability, scalability and performance.
  • Work with all relevant parties on the deployment to the live site and all intermediate hosting environments.
  • Ensure software conforms to operational requirements of hosting environments.
  • Work with test and operations teams to troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the life cycle.
  • Ensure your work meets BBC Online technical standards and guidelines
  • Monitor work against the schedule and provide progress updates to senior colleagues on a regular basis
  • Learn new and keep abreast of existing technologies and be able to apply these to a variety of projects as applicable.
  • Assist junior or graduate developers by providing guidance, instruction and expertise where required

**Please refer to the Job Description for more information.**

Are you the right candidate?


  • Experience developing in Java/Scala/JavaScript for production systems
  • Solid understanding of object-orientated programming techniques and use of design patterns
  • Experience writing REST web services
  • Experience of web frameworks
  • Familiarity with both relational and NoSQL databases (we use MongoDB, Redis, MarkLogic, PostgreSQL and Oracle)
  • Familiarity with Linux, CentOS or UNIX operating systems (most CPS components are deployed onto CentOS but you can choose your own development OS)


  • Understanding of Functional Programming as a development paradigm.
  • Demonstrable experience with using design patterns.
  • Experience of using MongoDB, MarkLogic or PostgreSQL.
  • Experience of Amazon Web Services.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent - full time 
Location: London, White City 

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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