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Senior Software Engineer - BBC Audience Platform

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

Job Introduction

WHO's it with:

The BBC Platform Audience teams have been transforming how the BBC engages with its audience by delivering more of the content they love. We do this by delivering a cloud based API suite of personalisation and participation services that fuel our big data solutions. Our services include, BBC account, recommendations, data storage, notifications, participation services such as comments and voting and data warehouse solutions. Our services are transforming the BBC into a data driven organisation supporting the delivery of BBC’s services such as iPlayer, News, Sport, Children, Weather, Radio and TV.  Our tech stack is largely Java, Node.js and AWS. 


This new role is based in the User Activity Service (UAS) Team. We're a tight-knit and enthusiastic bunch who believe in shared ownership of problems and where everyone is expected to contribute ideas and help us to adopt the best practices and tools for the job.

UAS provides the capability to allow BBC applications, which have typically been heavily cached and one size fits all, the ability to save audience state to allow customisation across different devices and times of access. For the first time, this allows the BBC to offer a personalised cross device experience for everyone in the audience.  As an example, to be able to resume where you left your iPlayer programme and save the programmes you like.

Role Responsibility

WHAT you'll be doing:

On a day to day basis you will be involved in writing high quality fully tested code (Java mostly with some Python and shell scripts), using a wide variety of AWS services, including some on pre-release NDA agreements. There are the usual Sprint ceremonies to attend which are a great way to understand the direction of the team and the bigger goals we're contributing to.

We believe in having regular knowledge sharing sessions within the team so if you pick up some new tech we’d like you to share it, likewise we love well-crafted and up to date documentation. We deploy to production typically several times per week and you can expect to handle your first deployment within the first couple of weeks.

Being involved in the full life cycle of the products, you’ll need to be able to adapt quickly to new or changing requirements, produce rapid prototypes and communicate effectively with the team as a whole, not just other engineers. As we receive very high traffic, you will be responsible for ensuring the services remain at peak performance and scalable to meet the ever growing demands.

Working in UAS is an excellent opportunity to get involved in one of the BBC's biggest online projects, using the latest technologies, in a team that inspires innovation and autonomy. If you want to work at the cutting edge of new technologies with a highly collaborative and friendly team, building systems that make a real positive difference to people's lives then we want to speak to you!

The Ideal Candidate

WHAT you'll need:

We're looking for someone with solid core Java skills, ideally gained in a high volume, low latency environment but any kind of enterprise experience at scale is highly desirable. Experience of Agile development practices such as pair programming, Scrum, XP, peer reviews and continuous integration and development would be ideal. If you have any cloud skills then great but if not don't worry as training will be provided and it's a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of a wide range of AWS cloud technologies.

WHY you'll want it:

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the dynamic, agile team that are tasked with providing features that allow our audiences to interact with the BBC. Our products span the whole of the BBC and reach millions of users!  Not only will you be working on amazing projects and with cutting edge technologies you will be surrounded by a team of like-minded Technology professional’s from whom you can learn and grow. This is an environment where we love to share ideas, challenge the traditional with our goal of taking the BBC on the journey to be a Digital First organisation.


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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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