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Senior Software Engineer (Front-end) – Broadcast Automation and Graphics

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

The role

We are looking for a talented Senior Software Engineer, with a good balance of technical and communication skills. You will be working with project, product, business analyst and technical leads to understand requirements and implement suitable technical solutions.

Are you the right candidate?

Here are the technical skills we are looking for, you may have experience of some, but not necessarily all of them:

  • Designing and writing front-end software ( ES2018 / ReactJS / Preact / SCSS )
  • Using CI/CD & cloud technologies (such as AWS) to implement deployments
  • Software testing best practices and knowledge of at least one testing framework
  • Expertise in choosing and applying design patterns and coding best practices
  • Ability to rapidly acquire new technical skills and to work with new technologies

Other desirable skills are:

  • Experience with broadcast technologies and frameworks such as CasparCG and GStreamer
  • Knowledge of Kubernetes, Ansible, Docker and Jenkins
  • Experience in back-end coding
  • Experience with messaging servers such as ActiveMQ
  • Real-world use of SQL or NoSQL

The team

The Broadcast Automation and Graphics team provides software solutions for the creators of content across the BBC. Our software integrates with broadcast systems used in the BBC to automate devices and create graphics. It is also used to manage programme information, such as running orders and metadata.

We build user interfaces for our tools using:

  • Responsive web clients ( ES2018 / ReactJS / Preact / SCSS)
  • Cross-platform desktop applications via Electron
  • C# Windows clients 

Also, for our server-side systems we have:

  • Microservices running on the JVM built using the Spring Boot framework with a Gradle based build toolchain
  • MySQL and MongoDB Databases
  • Integration with VizRT and CasparCG Render engines

For all of our components, we aim to have a unified CI/CD platform, which has Jenkins build pipelines producing Docker images that are deployed to Kubernetes clusters.

And of course, automated testing of this using RSpec regression suites written in Ruby!

Some of our software is hosted on-premises, whereas other components are deployed on AWS.

Ways of working

The team is made of 5 to 10 engineers, comprising a unique mix of front-end, back-end and broadcasting expertise. We are a highly collaborative team. We value our staff, offering regular training and development opportunities, as well as ‘innovation time’ - allowing dedicated time for self-improvement, learning and innovation. We take the time to reflect and improve on how we are working through team retrospectives and individual mentoring. We are a hard-working team who is supportive, who cares about each other and promotes a healthy work-life balance. We offer opportunities for flexible working and a friendly working environment, as the recent 2019 Hired survey indicates, branding the BBC the number one employer in Tech.


Shortlisted candidates will be asked to do a coding test in mid-October, and those who are successful in the test will be invited to interview in the following weeks.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Continuing
Location: London, White City (we can consider candidates working from other location)

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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