Junior Software Engineer - Media Services

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Job Introduction

Media Services is the team responsible for publishing all the BBC's online audio and video content, powering iPlayer, BBC Sounds, News and Sport.
Using cloud-based technologies at scale we prepare and distribute media for playback across thousands of different devices, including PCs, phones, tablets, game consoles, smart speakers and smart TVs.

The iPlayer and Sounds apps have been installed on over 47 million phones and tablets, and we handle 50 million plays daily. Every day we ingest and publish over 1000 hours of content and publish several terabytes of new files.

In 2021 iPlayer's delivered a record 1.7 billion streams in the first three months and in the same quarter year BBC Sounds had 350 million plays across radio, podcasts and music. Peak data volumes served to viewers exceeded 12 terabits per second during the Euro 2020 final and online viewing requests across the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer reached over 100 million during the Tokyo Olympics.

The Media Services team builds and maintains the engine that provides this scale of service to the BBC’s audiences.

Role Responsibility

  • You will join a motivated team of engineers who take pride and responsibility for the components they write, build, test and release.
  • You will work closely with other team members to write software collaboratively using pair programming and peer code reviews.
  • You have enthusiasm for writing clean code taking a test-driven approach.
  • You will write application code and unit tests in Java for microservice components that are deployed to the ‘cloud’.
  • You will use ruby and python for automated testing and defining cloud infrastructure.
  • You have good communication skills and can interact well with team members.
  • You are curious and embrace change. You have a flexible attitude to changing technologies and requirements.
  • Goal orientated - you’ll enjoy finishing ‘the job’ in all its detail.

The Ideal Candidate

We don’t expect you to be an expert in any of these. You should have some experience and understand the principles of programming and software engineering. Don’t feel that you can’t apply if you don’t have all the skills. You’ll work with, and be mentored by, a friendly development team, and the BBC will provide many opportunities for learning as you progress.

  • Programming in Java
  • Experience using ruby, python, and the Unix/Linux command line
  • Test-Driven Development
  • Cloud services
  • Team working
  • Web-based APIs

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London - W12

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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.

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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic 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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