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Senior Software Engineer

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Job Introduction

BBC is changing. We’ve been moving towards public Cloud infrastructure since 2012 and the next, largest phase is about to begin. And we recently announced a major expansion of the World Service, bringing our journalism to more people than ever around the world with 11 new language services.

Our mobile apps are used by millions. Our website often gets 50 million hits in a day. We’ve seen higher than 1.8 million concurrent users on our site and try to support every device we can, from simpler mobile phones to connected TVs. Our broadcast output is watched and listened to by people across the country and the world.
We make the BBC’s high quality journalism possible, and we actively look for new ways to reach people and to tell stories and communicate in new and effective ways.  

We are looking for talented software engineers to join our Data Systems team and create amazing products and to influence one of the world’s largest sites. Focusing on systems underlying the BBC’s online services you will design and build high quality components, largely in Java. 

The team recently built the results processing system for the EU election coverage on the News website and we run the systems underlying our mobile apps. Amongst other things we’re currently working on exciting recommendations services and looking at how to efficiently serve journalism content and data to both internal and external products.

We build high-volume, fast and resilient data services. We build product-focused data systems that underlie our journalism and our weather output.  We build real-time services for our elections results services. We get the data right, do it quickly and serve it to the teams that need it.

Role Responsibility

  • To write, test and release quality Java or Scala code.
  • To design, build and iterate public Cloud environments.
  • To liaise with Product Managers, Project Managers and Architects to ensure that all technical possibilities are explored and that our products achieve the best possible functionality.
  • To work collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams to deliver project requirements.
  • To learn new technologies and to apply these to projects as applicable.
  • To make appropriate use of Test and Behaviour Driven Development.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Software engineering experience in modern object-oriented languages, especially in Java.
  • Understanding of Service Oriented Architectures, integration patterns and RESTful web services.
  • Development experience using structured and unstructured data stores.
  • Experience working with core Internet technologies and UNIX/Linux systems.
  • Experience implementing and consuming Web services.
  • Experience with one or more test methodologies and of testing your own code.
  • Experience of working to defined timescales.

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.

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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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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