Lead Engineer (Community Development)
The BBC is one of the UK’s most well-known and loved brands. With 95% of the UK using the BBC every week, we’re the highest reaching media provider in the UK, driven by the strength of our portfolio across TV, Radio and Online.
Our department, “Audience Platform,” is at the centre of the BBC’s aim to make the BBC Online personal, developing systems which enable our audience’s usage data to customise the experience of the BBC online, drive content recommendations, and other features which reflect the needs of each user. As a result, our Platform is used by all of the BBC’s major brands: iPlayer, BBC News, BBC Sport, Sounds, CBeebies, and more – which means that the majority of people in the UK benefit from our department’s software products and services.
We’re looking for a lead engineer to create, provide leadership to, and drive change within the engineering community in Audience Platform, across 8-10 product development teams (approx. 70 engineers). You’ll be an experienced technology leader who understands the modern engineer’s mindset: from ways of working to test automation to technical architecture. You’ll partner with both Engineering Team Leaders and Product Managers to drive our engineering community forward while creating a world-class platform on which the BBC Online can be personalised.
You won’t directly manage any staff, but will draw on your previous experience leading and managing teams in order to:
- Work with senior colleagues and stakeholders to ensure strategic plans reflect and account for the perspective of all our engineers, and the direction of the technical engineering community.
- Design and implement people-focused initiatives to develop, support, and challenge engineering staff and teams – especially those that reduce staff turnover.
- Lead the design and implementation of consistent engineering and software delivery practices, adoption of tools and technologies, within and across teams.
Are you the right candidate?
This role might be perfect for you if you’ve been an engineer and a manager of engineers, but you’re looking for a change in your next role. You’d be working with teams, but not directly managing them. Or, you’re seeking a flexible role – or part-time option – or to work across different locations.
If any of the below (but not all!) sounds like you, then we’d like to hear from you!
- You’re creative and curious and motivated by leading change and helping those around you to improve.
- You enjoy team working and thrive on collaboration.
- You’re a great communicator, and you use a range of techniques to influence others and cultivate relationships with diverse colleagues and stakeholders. You’re self-aware, and you know how to play to your strengths.
- You have experience of directly managing engineering staff. You know how to inspire others to work together to achieve shared objectives. You delegate well, drawing on the strengths of others.
- You’ve been an engineer yourself, with hands-on experience of different technologies.
- You’ve been around teams delivering modern, cloud-hosted multi-tiered and high-volume products and systems.
- You’re generous with your time and experience, willing to share it with others; you’re a trusted mentor and motivated by helping others to develop.
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible (teams are based in London - White City, Salford, Cardiff and Glasgow
Hours: Flexible (3-5 days equivalent)
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 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
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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.
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