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Principal Mobile Engineer - Android

Job Introduction

Audience Platform is one of the BBC’s biggest and most ambitious online teams.  Its aim is to create technology solutions and organise data to shape a personal BBC for each of our users.

Our products and services include; the BBC Account, personalised recommendations, notifications, data warehousing and insights and participation services such as comments, moderation and voting.  We work with teams across the BBC such as iPlayer, Sounds, Sport, News, Marketing and Insights.

As part of Audience Platform, we are a small team who develop libraries that provide authorisation and authentication facilities for all of the mobile apps created by the BBC (including iPlayer & Sounds).

We are central to the BBC's drive to provide a personalised experience for everyone that uses any of our mobile apps. We do this by using an Agile approach and are quality driven; employing continuous integration (CI), pair programming, test driven development (TDD) and clean code practices.

Although we maintain some legacy code in Java and Objective-C, all of our current and future development is, and will be, in Kotlin and Swift. We are constantly learning and sharing knowledge and are part of an exciting community of developers that help and support each other via conferences, hackdays and 10% time.

Role Responsibility

  • You will be responsible for the development of high-quality code, tests, documentation and scripts; ensuring they are understandable, maintainable and minimise risk.
  • Lead and support the team with regards to the roadmap direction, technical approach and development, inspire innovation.
  • Supporting members of the team with mentoring, pairing, code reviewing and driving the adoption of best practices.
  • Supporting the team within the wider BBC by direct communication with other teams, producing documentation and attending internal events.
  • Learn about new technologies and assess their applicability and usefulness to our products and our clients.

Are you the right candidate?

You will have experience of...

  • Android development using Java & Kotlin
  • Writing automated tests
  • Git
  • Working in an Agile environment using CI
  • Working in a team environment
  • Self-directed learning

You may have experience of...

  • iOS development using Objective-C & Swift
  • Clean code
  • GitHub
  • Jenkins
  • TDD
  • Design patterns
  • Hexagonal/clean/ports and adapters architectures

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Full Time, Permanent 
Location: Salford, Media 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 (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 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, 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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