Principal Software Engineer (iOS) - BBC News Apps

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Now is a great time to join the BBC News & Weather digital teams. Over the last four years, we have doubled the reach of our website and apps, in both the UK and globally; when big stories hit, we regularly exceed 100m weekly users and everyone knows about it because of our push notification service that delivers millions of alerts in just a few seconds.

Over the next two years we will be creating a modern, personalised digital app experience that is important, relevant and useful for everyone, every time they use it - always with trust and transparency foremost. We will deliver a mix of universal top stories and curated content tailored to different audience needs, with a rich combination of news, live and in-depth journalism in text, image, video and audio. 

We’re doubling the size of the product and engineering teams by hiring over 100 new roles to support this ambition of creating a truly universal personal news service.

How will I be successful?

  • Be a part of improving our great culture by demonstrating the right behaviours and attitudes.
  • Be proactive and take opportunities to increase your knowledge and experience.
  • Be a great team player and help us achieve great things together.

Role Responsibility

You will work with us to build the next generation of our News apps, already used and loved by millions, with ambitious roadmap that helps us meet the goals outlined above. 

Our welcoming, and supportive, team culture has grown organically from our shared values of:

  • High-quality, user-focused, products
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Continuous improvement
  • Personal growth
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Accessibility
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Pairing

You can expect to work in close collaboration with all of the other disciplines in our team (such as Product, UX, Test and Delivery) in a highly cross-functional and autonomous environment, with support and guidance from our leadership.

You will care equally as much about user value, as business value and code quality, and you’ll appreciate the benefits of the right planning and communication to the delivery of these things.

Regardless of your target audience, you will be an effective and clear communicator, able to be a spokesperson and champion, representing your team to others in the business when needed. 

The Ideal Candidate

We’re keen to speak with people with demonstrable commercial mobile development experience and a deep understanding of iOS (Swift) app architecture/design patterns as well as an appreciation for the wider ecosystem that apps exist within. 

We’d also like to see experience of making critical architectural decisions, providing sound technical direction and communicating effectively with both technical and non-technical colleagues at all levels in an organisation. We value leadership experience of project working and professional software development processes, including agile, as well as expertise in choosing and applying design patterns. 


We’re keen to eliminate any bias or discrimination at all stages of our hiring process and this starts with you submitting a CV-less and anonymous application. We aim to remove any barriers facing applicants from underrepresented groups thus building equality of opportunity, please read our hiring process document at the bottom of this page for further information.

Package Description

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

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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