Platform is the BBC department that powers content for the BBC. We develop & support key content management, publication & distribution systems used in all the BBC’s Online & broadcast products, from iPlayer to the Weather app.
Our team in Salford focuses on the distribution side – dealing with the interesting challenges that come from developing database & API software that has to support 1000’s of requests per second and 100’s of data changes per minute with broadcast level resilience and an ever changing feature set.
We are organized into five software development teams that include software engineers, testers and product managers. Our teams work on:
- Publishing TV & Radio programmes to iPlayer & iPlayer Radio
- Publishing TV & Radio clips to the BBC online products
- Tracklists & Now playing information for iPlayer Radio.
- iPlayer on Sky & Virgin
- Publishing News topics & articles to the BBC News & Sport products.
- API Management technologies used throughout the BBC.
- Syndicating News articles to social platforms & BBC commercial partners around the world.
The Programme Metadata team is looking for a technically minded Product Manager to help implement their new metadata strategy. The successful candidate will deliver the next generation of our programme metadata distribution systems powering the BBC’s online products and partner systems.
- Meeting with internal clients and stakeholders to understand their requirements and priorities
- Contributing to and leading the development of department wide products and services
- Working with external partners to collect requirements and assist business development teams to negotiate contracts
- Producing a strategy for delivering programme metadata to BBC products and partners
- Creating, maintaining and publishing short-term roadmaps and long-term plans for our products
- Communicating requirements, priorities and plans to the development team
- Working with project managers to plan releases and sprints
- Assisting in the writing and reviewing of user stories, test scenarios and developer outputs
The Ideal Candidate
- Ability to apply industry knowledge, market awareness, audience research and analytics insights to product strategy and planning
- Experience of making product decisions based on research, usage data, or predictions of either
- Delivered products that solved complex technology problems for a variety of business partners
- Managed products that had many competing and changing priorities
- Contributed to or led cross-team product developments focusing on end-to-end delivery
- Experience working with different levels and areas in a large organisation
- Experience gathering, interpreting and explaining complex requirements
- Worked with business, technology and architectural teams
- Worked with agile development teams and applied agile planning and estimating methods
- Excellent negotiation and persuasion skills
- Presentation and writing skills targeting all levels in a large organisation
- Working knowledge of BBC output; editorial, compliance and regulatory issues for the BBC
- Excellent career progression the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious individuals 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.
- 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, 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. 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.