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Principal Software Engineer

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

Job Introduction

Do you want to help #BuildTheBBC?

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 Broadcast portfolio across TV and Radio. Beyond the UK we’re building one of the world’s biggest global media brands, reaching 372m people a week worldwide across TV, Radio and online.

Using cutting-edge, cloud-based technologies and working within a DevOps culture, Media Services is the team responsible for publishing all of the BBC's online audio and video content, powering iPlayer, iPlayer Radio, News and Sport. We handle live content, “catch-up”, and podcasts and support over 1000 different devices, including PCs, phones, tablets, games consoles, and smart TVs. The iPlayer and iPlayer Radio apps are installed on over 30 million phones and tablets, and we handle 13 million plays per day. Every day we ingest and publish over 1000 hours of catchup content, and publish 3-4TB of new files.

Role Responsibility

You will join a highly Agile, fast-moving and motivated team of engineers who take pride and responsibility for the components they build and run in production.  Most of your work will run in the cloud. You will be concerned with writing comprehensive tests for all workflows, peer review and contributing to the best practice and culture of our engineering team.

You will be a member of the technical leadership team and will lead, inspire and mentor a team of 70+ engineers. 

Role Responsibility

  • You will ensure that technical solutions meet architectural and product strategy and coach less experienced members of the team to evolve their approach.
  • You will mentor and guide less experienced members of the team and give feedback and coaching to ensure that engineering practices are understood and applied
  • You will ensure a data-driven approach to engineering in support of an effective delivery philosophy
  • You will participate in the team's software development approaches, such as pairing, code and documentation reviewing and continuous delivery

Are you the right candidate?

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience with core Java-based delivery.
  • Industry experience outside of media is very welcome
  • Experience in agile methodologies and full product lifecycle
  • Effective collaboration within a team – ability to speak up, challenge, agree and commit
  • Competence in developing for operational concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations)

Package Description

Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious software engineers to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.

Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.

A vibrant digital community – we have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.

A variety of technical challenges – we work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.

Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour 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, healthcare, 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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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