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Principal Software Engineer - Media Services

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

Leading as part of this exciting business area, you will provide technical leadership to an agile development team, including:

  • Shaping technical requirements and specifications, and the engineering approaches taken to implement them
  • Driving and reviewing all of the team's overall output. Ensures all code is easily maintainable, supportable and minimises risk to run
  • Developing a complete knowledge of and ownership of the domain
  • Responsibility for overall system viability
  • We'd also like you to be the team's 'champion', leading collective efforts to solve problems, as well as being an individual contributor
  • We'd also like you to mentor and guide less experienced members of the team, building their skills and giving feedback and coaching
  • You'll share knowledge and best practice via a wide range of channels, facilitating communication and representing the team at forums

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience in a core Java-based continuous delivery environment
  • Experience with other languages (e.g. Ruby, Python, Groovy) useful
  • Experience in the use of agile methodologies and the full product lifecycle
  • Effective at collaborating within a team – able to speak up, challenge, agree and commit
  • Skilled in developing for operational concerns (reliability engineering, monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations)

This role would suit someone looking to make the move from a senior position into a technical leader, or someone looking to make use of BBC's industry-leading work/life balance and flexible working policies. 

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent 
Location: White City, 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 the 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 work-life balance and 26 days holiday 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. 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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