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Senior Tester – Curation, Authoring & Metadata

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Job Introduction

What we do

The BBC has been serving audiences online for more than 20 years. Across key products including BBC iPlayer, BBC News and BBC Sport, BBC Weather, and now BBC Sounds, we entertain, educate and inform people in their millions every day.

Behind the scenes, however, we have work to do. We are making the shift from being a broadcaster that speaks to audiences to building products that are shaped around people. We are creating personalised services that bring the right content, to the right people, at the right times – a personalised BBC. It will be our greatest leap since iPlayer, and it is right at the top of our agenda.

Delivering it is going to require a fundamental reshaping of the BBC’s culture and how we work. For the new Curation, Authoring and Metadata group in our Content Production Workflows department, that means a ground-up rethink of the tools, workflows and technologies involved in creating, describing and curating all of our content -- journalism, audio, video and digital alike.

This means asking ourselves some big questions: What does online journalism look like as we leave the print world behind? How we do put tagging at the heart of a personalised BBC? The News and Sport front pages are seen by millions of people and are built by our tools: what are the best ways of curating the stories on them? What does structured content look like at scale, with a workflow that serves thousands of journalists around the world publishing in more than 40 languages?

We’re thinking about technology and culture too. Questions like: Instead of large unwieldy production tools can we build smarter and faster web-based apps out of React components and power them with GraphQL? How can we bring data science and machine learning to bear on content classification and publication workflows? And what are the ways of working that let one team of software engineers & testers design, build and support this at the scale of the BBC?

We’re figuring out the answers to these questions and more like them, and we’re starting right now. Come join us.


Who We Are

We are a diverse, sociable team who are inclusive, care about each other and promote a healthy work-life balance. We offer opportunities for flexible working - including working from home - and a friendly working environment.


We take personal development seriously and offer innovation time and access to a wide variety of training and conferences.

We organize ourselves into semi-permanent autonomous agile squads pair-programming across the full-stack using technologies such as React, Node, GraphQL, Scala, MongoDB, Postgres, Redis, S3, AWS, Websockets, Jest, Enzyme, WD, Browserstack.


What We're Looking For

We’re looking for testers and senior testers to help ensure that our web applications meet the requirements and high quality threshold of our team.

You will have experience or knowledge with all forms of testing, i.e. integration testing, functional testing, negative testing, regression testing, deployment testing, automated testing, exploratory testing, performance testing, cross browsers testing, etc.

As a senior tester you will be expected to lead in the development of a testing strategy and to coach and mentor more junior colleagues.

We are a team that adopts TDD and BDD practices, so you will be expected to pair with developers in implementing test scenarios and to be proactive in identifying opportunities for test automation.

To ensure long-term success you will embrace change and have a desire to learn new technologies and a passion for innovation.

Our team spans multiple sites (in this case Glasgow and London), so you will be comfortable with the challenges of collaborating with colleagues remotely.

Role Responsibility

Over the next 12 months you will:

  • Work within an agile environment to plan and execute tests, using the most appropriate test approach, to ensure that the software delivered is as per requirements, fit-for-purpose and performant.
  • Collaborate with product owners, business analysts, UX designers and developers to test end to end user journeys and scenarios.
  • Provide subject matter expertise and best practices for test automation and assisting in designing/implementing automation frameworks for new and existing applications.
  • Create and maintain robust and reusable tests and fixtures to the highest standard.
  • Ensure that a high level of test coverage is achieved and maintained.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience of working in an agile software development team
  • Test automation experience using Cucumber, Selenium, WebDriver
  • Experience of writing unit tests and automated acceptance tests
  • Experience in API testing tools like Postman or SOAPUI



  • Experience of cloud based environments, especially AWS
  • Programming knowledge and can code when required
  • Understanding of continuous integration and deployment methodologies
  • Experience working within a multi-site team or department

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Glasgow

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, sexuality, social 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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