Mid or Senior Software Engineers (Node.js) - BBC Sounds

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Job Introduction

We’re looking for talented software engineers to join BBC Sounds, working on the Off Product or Catalogue Services teams in Glasgow. Within the Catalogue team, we are working to create a suite of data products that will help to the share the large catalogue of radio programmes, music and podcasts available on BBC Sounds. This metadata will be integrated by Off Product team with numerous partners and used in a variety of solutions – TVs, set top boxes, streaming sticks, games consoles, tablets, web searches and voice assistants – so that BBC Sounds content can be found by users wherever they are. 


We’re a multidisciplinary, primarily backend focussed teams, leveraging a range of AWS technologies using Node.js. We work in a Scrum-based Agile fashion shipping incrementally and often. These two new Sounds teams are tasked with increasing our reach and prominence by pushing our ever-expanding catalogue of content deeper into the ecosystems of our partners and manufacturers. 


You will be responsible for developing high performant applications, working closely with all disciplines and stakeholders, and technical engagement with partners and manufacturers to support our integrations. You will have a chance to share practices and knowledge with our equivalent teams in iPlayer as well as other Sounds teams. The BBC Engineering community as a whole is a dynamic and supportive one, and there are frequent opportunities to collaborate with other teams. Our Engineers are all encouraged to do 10% time, which typically takes the form of a hackday every two weeks where they can work on pet projects and personal development. Engineers are also encouraged to participate in “Guilds” - cross-department initiatives where individuals from different teams collaborate on shared problems such as Security, CI/CD or Documentation.


This is a great opportunity to join a high-performing team at the heart of one of the BBC’s highest profile digital products. You’ll learn how to build performant and accessible applications at scale in a collaborative and supportive environment, with plenty of opportunities for learning and development.   

Role Responsibility

Role Responsibility

We’re looking for people who:

  • Are outcome focused to deliver projects
  • Are proven collaborators
  • Are interested in distributed working practices and making a success of cross-site work
  • Are keen to learn about multiple platforms
  • Are happy to fail and learn fast


The Ideal Candidate


  • Familiarity with Node.js or JVM languages
  • Developing with the cloud, especially using AWS
  • Familiarity with version control systems (we use Git)
  • Experience of writing unit tests and Test-Driven Development



  • Understanding of Continuous Integration and build systems (we use AWS CodeBuild and CodePipeline)
  • Experience of project and issue tracking tools (we use JIRA)
  • Love of radio and music

Package Description

Band: C and D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, Cardiff, Salford or Flexible

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

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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 behaviors 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.

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