Senior Software Engineer/Senior Web Developer - iPlayer - Dataforce

Job Introduction

The BBC is one of the UK’s most well-known and loved brands. Some of our product development teams build two of the most key BBC products: BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.


All the best product development teams make data-informed decisions, which is where our data team comes in. This team is responsible for analysing, and automating the analysis of usage data, helping the organisation to answer the important data questions to drive BBC iPlayer & BBC Sounds to be the best it can be for our audience.


We are looking for a Senior Software Engineer to be part of this team to help us to build web apps to surface data analysis and to build packages to help our product teams implement analytics and experimentation.

Role Responsibility

You will: 

  • Design, develop & release working software using best practices
  • Have the option to be responsible for the design and development of software that meets complex product and business needs.
  • Build scalable web applications based on Amazon Web Services
  • Use automated TDD techniques to ensure code quality and coverage.
  • Write, review and take responsibility for technical documentation and architecture diagrams
  • Evaluate and provide feedback on future technologies and new releases/upgrades
  • Review and give feedback on other engineers’ code
  • Participate in the team's agile planning and delivery process
  • Ensure that the code we write is robust, reliable and scalable.


Why choose us?

We care a lot about our technology, for example keeping our stack up-to-date, following best practices and industry standards. Our current stack utilises a range of technologies and frameworks including Typescript, Node.js, Python, Next.js and AWS, and all team members have the opportunity to steer our technical direction.

We also care a lot about the people in our teams. There are great opportunities to grow your career within the team and BBC. We believe strongly in developing talent from within the team. We have training and conference budgets, and 10% of your time is dedicated for you to explore, innovate and learn new technologies. There are also regular opportunities to collaborate with other teams around the BBC.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential Skills & Experience

  • Experience in establishing web applications into production in a cloud environment
  • Experience writing production-ready code
  • Experience writing JavaScript/TypeScript
  • Experience writing HTML and SCSS/SASS/CSS
  • Experience configuring CI/CD pipelines
  • Experience of AWS
  • Demonstrable exposure to different web application technologies, with experience in picking the best technology for each requirement
  • Experience in coaching and mentoring less experienced team members
  • Good communication skills
  • Being curious, kind and a great team-worker



  • Experience using React
  • TDD approach with experience of writing unit and functional tests
  • Experience being responsible for a technical project
  • Experience writing Python
  • Passion for data, analytics, experimentation and big data technology

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London, W12

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 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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