Senior Software Engineer - BBC News

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Job Introduction

The BBC News Web teams deliver impartial news to hundreds of millions of readers all over the world. Our main English language news website is visited as often as Twitter and we have 40 other non-English World Service news sites on top of this. We support a wide range of devices and care deeply about scale, performance, internationalisation and accessibility. We work in agile, flexible teams and have an exciting roadmap for future development.

We have multiple vacancies for Senior Software Engineers all with specialisms in full-stack JavaScript. For our roles we also give an excellent  work-life balance and a range of benefits including a generous pension scheme.

We are a team who care deeply about diversity, opportunity (especially to learn) and strive to always support each other. We’re looking for senior engineers looking to work in our web focused teams. If you want to bring unbiased high-quality news to hundreds of millions more people, all around the world, and want to get involved in the colossal scaling, accessibility and availability efforts we’re putting into this, then join our mission to do so by applying now.

Role Responsibility

  • Write JavaScript (React) code on AWS infrastructure
  • Work across disciplines to build strong and scalable products for our audiences
  • Lead the design and development of effective software that meets complex product and business needs
  • Review and give constructive feedback on others’ code
  • Drive work to successful completion across the immediate team
  • Write appropriate tests using automated test driven techniques for ensuring code quality and coverage
  • Integrate the software with monitoring and support tools
  • Ensure the team’s software works in its operating environment
  • Write, review and take responsibility for technical documentation
  • Lead troubleshooting and resolution of issues throughout the product life cycle, including occasional and paid out of hours support for incident resolution
  • Participate in and lead as required, the team's agile planning and delivery process
  • Effectively participate in and help improve the team’s software development methodologies, such as pairing, code and documentation reviewing and continuous delivery
  • Work with project, product and technical leads to design software and create implementable specifications and tasks at feature and component level
  • Work with 3rd Party ("Indies") where necessary offering direction, support and documentation
  • Mentor and coach more junior staff. Provide technical leadership and direction to peers and colleagues.
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies and help introduce them where appropriate

The Ideal Candidate


  • A JavaScript specialist with extensive experience on React based projects
  • Production experience with at least some of these libraries: ReactJS, Redux, Styled Component/Emotion, Apollo, Jest and other React ecosystem libraries suitable for a complex web-app
  • Experience with node.js
  • HTML and CSS proficiency in a monolingual site, although knowledge of internationalisation would be ideal
  • Experience with AWS or similar cloud infrastructure and associated tooling.
  • Knowledge of strategies and best practices to improve performance.
  • HTTP, Caching, CDNs, TLS, core Internet protocols and technologies;
  • Participated in reviews and inspections of code (sat with a peer or someone more senior reviewing your code)


  • Worked in an enterprise environment on several projects (including experience in testing, design and release)
  • Defining and developing high-volume, horizontally scalable web architectures.
  • Engaged in the wider Web engineering community and passionate about best practices;
  • DevOps environments.
  • Production experience with an offline supporting PWA
  • Experience with a framework other than React (not necessarily JS)
  • Competence in test driven development (TDD) and/or behaviour driven development (BDD)Competence in developing for operational concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations)

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 (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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