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Senior Technical/Data Architect – BBC Online (Children’s, Education & Sport) - 12 Month FTC

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

Job Introduction

  • Are you either a data architect or technical architect (or have the skills to become one)?
  • Do you want to help the BBC make incredible online experiences?
  • Do you want to develop new groundbreaking ideas?
  • Do you want to work a great team, including amazing development teams who focus on best-practice engineering?

This is a role to be a senior architect for the BBC’s North & Nations team, which is responsible for the online services in areas such as children’s, education, live events, and sport.  The role can either focus on data architecture or technical (software) architecture, depending on your experience. It is a 12-month fixed-term appointment (or for internal candidates, a 12-month attachment).

The ideal candidate will be passionate about both new technology opportunities, and new ways in which we can make websites, apps, and other digital services. It’s an opportunity to make a difference, through being inventive and creative, and working with amazing teams.

In this role, you’ll work with technical teams across BBC Design & Engineering. You’ll be able to work on our online products for children, learning, sports coverage, live event coverage, and also on video production. We’ll flex the role and responsibility based on your experience and interests.

Example challenges that you could work on include:

  • How can the BBC’s website be made more personalised, and offer more relevant content to each user?
  • How can rich data (such as stats from football match, or results from GCSE revision tests) be used to offer compelling experiences?
  • How can the BBC create amazing games for children that encourage collaboration, reward and opportunity?
  • What are the data and technical challenges in making the BBC's apps faster and better?
  • What video tools and processes can be used to create an amazing online video experience?

Whatever your speciality, you’ll need to think big-picture on the opportunities, whilst also getting into the technical details of creating products on AWS and other platforms.

The tech challenges you’ll face in this role are tricky. For example, as the largest British-built website in the world, the solutions you create will need to scale well. But colleagues and experts will support you at every step. And there’s great opportunity to learn and grow, whilst keeping a good work-life balance.

Role Responsibility

  • Alongside the architecture and product teams, develop the technology vision and strategy for your area, maintaining an awareness of the underlying business and technical strategic drivers and challenges faced by the BBC.
  • Develop plans, designs and drawings that take a vision from idea to reality, incorporating the overall vision you will deliver adaptable, scalable solutions for the area of business that you support.
  • Understand the technology landscape within the area that you support, then identify gaps and potential fragilities and support the development of appropriate solutions. This will involve working with both internal teams external suppliers.
  • Recognise the opportunities presented in the area that you support and take the initiative in solving complex technical problems and identifying and pursuing, with support, appropriate strategies that deliver business benefit.
  • Create, design and develop solutions, and coordinate efforts with engineering and product management teams, working within the area that you support.
  • Participate in the incubation of emerging technologies, architectures and approaches in order to test whether they will enable the BBC to deliver its objectives and seize opportunities in a timely manner. Assist with solving business challenges through innovation, striving for improved predictability, performance, efficiency, effectiveness and elasticity
  • Be able to represent the team in planning and governance meetings within your area(s) of work.

Are you the right candidate?

  • If you’re the ideal candidate, you’ll have experience being a technical or data architect, either officially in a role, or as part of a similar role.
  • You’ll have created digital services at scale. This could be websites, native apps, API-powered backends, data pipelines, video pipelines, or something else. Our web tech stacks are predominantly based on Node.JS, with a JavaScript/ReactJS web frontend. We also use a range of data stores and data tools such as Tableau. 
  • Experience in machine learning, voice, or data science is a bonus.
  • You’ll be great at working across multiple teams and with many stakeholders. This role does not involve line management, but a key element of the role is to work with and help more junior members of the team, as a data or technical expert.
  • You’ll be a good communicator. This role involves a lot of collaboration with both technical and non-technical teams. You’ll need to work closely with others on ideas and solutions, and on resolving technical challenges.
  • Overall, you’ll be passionate about working on amazing new opportunities, through inventing and supporting cutting-edge data and tech solutions.

For more information on how the BBC’s digital teams work, see this blog post on relaunching Newsround, and this block post on keeping children’s data safe.

Package Description

Grade 9 (proposed band D)

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious individuals to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • A vibrant digital community – we have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.
  • A variety of technical challenges – we work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.
  • 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. 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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