Senior Software Engineer, BBC World Service

Job Introduction

The BBC World Service is the world’s most used and most respected international news service with an audience of over 450 million. Our purpose is to support and grow this.

The Distribution team works across Digital and Broadcast platforms working with internal and external teams to meet this ambition. Within Distribution the Systems Integration team provide product management, architecture design, software development and dev-ops support.

As an Engineer in our Systems Integration team within BBC News Group, you will develop features to streamline the work of our editorial colleagues and allow us to offer even more of our content internationally. Most of our work is explicitly focussed on our International News services and on streaming and on-demand audio and video in our 40+ language services and in English.

As well as having an unusually close relationship with editorial and business development colleagues, we work closely with teams in the central Product and Technology teams. Without these relationships we couldn’t begin to deliver the wide range of capabilities and products we do.

We’re looking for someone who is passionate about delivering production-ready code with minimal guidance, cares deeply about the people who will use and support the systems we build and is looking to develop their leadership skills.

Role Responsibility

You will work closely with users, product managers and architects working with leading frameworks like React in a mature continuous deployment environment. You will be encouraged make improvements to our working practices, further improve our code quality and guide more junior developers.

You will use judgment in making a trade between design and feasibility. You will add features to make them stand out and be able to withstand a complex, one-page program.

Other accountabilities will include:

  • Work with architects to design features that meets complex product and business needs.
  • Write high-quality test-driven production quality code
  • Review and give constructive feedback on others’ code.
  • Deliver work to successful completion across the immediate team.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the product life cycle.
  • Participate in and help improve the team’s software development practice.
  • Mentor and coach more junior staff.  Line management of 1-2 software engineers.

The Ideal Candidate

We don’t expect our engineers to know everything. We have access to both internal and external training opportunities as well as on-the-job coaching. Our Hot Shoes and 80/20 schemes provide opportunities to work with other teams for either short bursts or on a part-time basis. Within our portfolio we need full-stack capabilities.

If you are a strong Java Engineer and are looking to expand your knowledge and experience in Domain Specific Languages,  front end React/JavaScript, Node JS and GraphQL middleware, or AWS microservices using Python this role is for you.

To be successful in this role, you will ideally have the following skills and experience:

  • Experience writing and maintaining large scale, robust production software in a fast-changing environment with rapid release cycles.
  • Expertise in test driven development
  • Expertise in developing for operational and non-functional concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, scale, availability and resilience, security considerations).
  • Competence in translating product requirements into technical solutions
  • Technical Lead on at least one medium/large sized project (3 months+).

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: 12 month FTC
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.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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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