Senior Software Engineer - Bitesize

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Job Introduction

As part of the Children's & Education department this role is working across the Bitesize family of products, which consists of full stack development teams who build scalable back end services in Node with GraphQL and hosted on AWS, as well as responsive front ends in React.

Bitesize is the BBC's flagship digital education service, with over 20 years of delivering quality curriculum-mapped education online.

Our mission is to help all Children in the UK to reach their full potential, learning every day in their own way.

We have massive impact - Bitesize has regularly reached over 2 million unique UK visitors during term time weeks. This year (like no other), we rose to the challenge of home schooling during Covid-19 with Bitesize Daily, our biggest ever education push - and we're experiencing year-on-year growth. However, we know that we can always do more for Children, Parents and Teachers.

This role provides the opportunity to work with a wide range of people, as designing and building children's websites brings different and exciting challenges. So, it's an exciting time to join the team as we've ambitious plans for Bitesize in the future - and are entering into a period of fresh expansion in the team.

Role Responsibility

As a Senior Software Engineer you will be expected to contribute in the design and implementation of software applications, ensure on time delivery of robust, industry leading solutions. 

  • Design, develop and deploy high quality solutions that will be used by millions of users
  • Contribute to driving best engineering practices such as CI/CD, TDD, cloud architectures and pair/mob programming
  • Mentor and grow software engineers (grads, juniors and mid-weight engineers)
  • Learn new technologies and be able to grow the technical capabilities of the team

The Ideal Candidate

  • Experience in web development, building full stack applications, using modern React, Node and cloud based architectures
  • Extensive experience in software development and in-depth knowledge of design principles and patterns
  • A strong knowledge of software architecture principles and leading development practices 
  • Experience of Continuous Integration
  • Proven experience of Test Driven Development
  • Experience of an agile environment, pairing and working within a collaborative team
  • Significant experience delivering high quality software at scale

What is important to us in Bitesize:

  • We are a diverse team that prioritises collaboration
  • We have a track record of developing our staff, and participating in schemes to boost diversity, grads/apprentices/step into tech etc. are important to us
  • We strive for self organising teams, and empower developers to take part in all aspects of the product
  • We care about quality, with extensive automation, and TDD practices.
  • Data powered decision making - looking at real user information and using that to choose what to do next.
  • We value our people, offering 10% development time, a good work life balance and flexible working opportunities

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Salford or Glasgow

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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