Lead Technical Architect – BBC News Online

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Job Introduction

The BBC News website is the largest news website in the world. At any moment, millions of people across the world are using the BBC in multiple ways, and in over 40 languages. And our journey is only just beginning. We want to transform how society interacts with news, by delivering products that are easy to use, trustworthy, loved and reliable. And to do it, we need to transform our websites and apps, making them even more distinctive and engaging to everyone. We already do so much, including big events such as the US Election. And yet there is massive potential to do so much more, offering new forms of content to people in the UK and around the world. It’s a huge, exciting opportunity to be creative and ambitious.

Are you the right person to help us bring this vision to life? We’re looking for an exceptional Lead Technical Architect to join the BBC’s Digital Products team. In this role you’ll work alongside other architects to drive BBC News Online forward, making it even bigger and better than it is now.

What’s the Opportunity?

  • Do you want to develop ground-breaking ideas, work with cutting-edge technology, and help the BBC make incredible online experiences?
  • Do you want to design the systems that serve over 100 million pages each day to a global audience?
  • Do you want to work with modern, cloud-based microservices utilising technologies such as serverless, Node.JS and ReactJS?

What will I be doing?

  • You’ll be technology leader, developing the technology vision and strategy for your area, whilst maintaining an awareness of the bigger picture.
  • You’ll make product ideas a reality - working closely with multi-disciplinary teams to design and deliver innovative websites and apps.
  • You’ll own the technology landscape within your specialism – identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement.
  • You’ll be simultaneously be working on a wide and evolving range of range projects: Examples include our mission to personalise every page for every user; to create new, more immersive and more interactive content experiences; and on improving product performance in many ways.
  • You’ll have an opportunity to be an advocate for the BBC, sharing your experiences and participating in conferences and events.
  • And you’ll use your strong persuasion and analytical skills to continually drive new opportunities to make the services better - such as being faster, more reliable, more secure, more personalised, and more featureful.

What are you looking for in a candidate?

  • The ideal candidate will have significant experience being a software architect, either officially in a role, or as part of an engineering or similar role.
  • You’ll have created websites at scale, and/or mobile apps, and/or powerful backends (databases, APIs, etc.)
  • You’ll be experienced in cloud technologies, such as AWS. And you’ll know at least the fundamentals of Internet networking, databases, API design, microservices, security, and other standard technologies in a modern online SOA.
  • You’ll be great at working across multiple teams and with many stakeholders. This role does not usually involve line management, but a key element of the role is to work with and help more junior members of the team, as a technical expert.
  • You’ll be an excellent communicator and strong collaborator. This role involves a lot of collaboration with both technical and non-technical teams. You’ll need to work closely with others on ideas and solutions, and on resolving technical challenges.
  • And you’ll enjoy complex challenges, and working on many things in parallel. BBC News & Sport are large, sophisticated services - there is a lot to understand, and you’ll continually be involved in multiple projects and initiatives.
  • Overall, you’ll be passionate about working as a team on new technologies and opportunities, and how we can bring news and sport to the world.

What about the practicalities?

  • Initially you’ll work 100% remotely.
  • Once it’s safe, you’ll come to the office for some of the week to collaborate at your choice of our London, Glasgow or Cardiff offices.
  • You’ll sometimes need to visit teams at the other locations.
  • You'll get a choice of Mac or PC laptop, and access to the software you need to do your best work.
  • This is a flexible role, which can be shaped based on how you’d like to grow your skills and career. 
  • You’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn, take on new opportunities, attend conferences, and so much more. 

Package Description

Band: E
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible (Cardiff, Glasgow or London)

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.

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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