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Senior Software Engineer (Audience data team)

Job Introduction

An opportunity has opened up for a senior software engineer to join the Audience Data team at the BBC.

The Audience Data team work to provide datasets of audience consumption of BBC content to the whole BBC, as well as registering events such as when a user reacts to a piece of content. This data drives insights for a more personalised BBC. We support the delivery of the BBC’s services such as iPlayer, News, Sport, CBBC, Weather and Radio. Our tech stack is largely Java, python and AWS.

Role Responsibility

As a Senior Software Engineer with the BBC Audience Data team, you will be responsible for developing software & systems for ingest, processing and summarisation of audience data and recording user activities. Our systems provide access to analytics and other data for driving insights about BBC sites, content and personalisation.

We don’t expect anyone to have experience of all of the below but this just gives an example of the technologies and practices we value:

  • Enthusiasm for writing clean, well documented, and testable code
  • An ability to work closely with other team members to create great software
  • The ability to question the way we work, and the tools and processes we use - we’re always aiming to make our team the best it can be
  • Good communication skills - a great candidate will be able to talk to other developers, to non-developers, and is happy to communicate with people remotely across multiple BBC sites
  • Curious and embraces change - we’re always learning new technologies and requirements often change, you’ll enjoy this challenge
  • Goal-oriented - you’ll enjoy finishing the job by developing the final details

Are you the right candidate?

We don’t need you to be an expert in all of these, but some use of them, along with an understanding of their underlying principles, would be great.

However, don’t feel that you can’t apply if you don’t have all of the skills. You’ll work with, and be mentored by, a friendly development team, and the BBC will provide many opportunities for learning as you progress.

  • Significant experience of OO programming languages such as Java 8+ or Python.
  • Experience of cloud computing (preferably AWS)
  • Software testing practices including unit testing frameworks such as JUnit and/or Mockito
  • Version control systems such as git
  • Some knowledge of Big Data processing technologies such as Hadoop and Spark would be beneficial

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: 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 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 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.

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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