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Senior Tester - Mobile Apps

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

Job Introduction

Using cutting-edge, cloud-based technologies and working within a DevOps culture, Media Services is the team responsible for publishing all of the BBC's online audio and video content, powering iPlayer, iPlayer Radio, News and Sport. We handle live content, “catch-up”, and podcasts and support over 1000 different devices, including PCs, phones, tablets, games consoles, and smart TVs. The iPlayer and BBC Sounds apps are installed on over 30 million phones and tablets, and we handle 13 million plays per day. Every day we ingest and publish over 1000 hours of catchup content, and publish 3-4TB of new files.

Role Responsibility

You will assist the playback team to build and test the BBC’s Standard Media Player (“SMP”) for mobile apps. SMP provides the video and audio experience for iPlayer, News, Sport, Sounds and more on iOS & Android

Your tasks will include a mix of

  • Exploratory testing on different devices, apps and platforms
  • Tracking and reporting bugs with accurate steps to reproduce
  • Collaborating with developers to verify fixes and define behaviour
  • Facilitate clean and concise test cases
  • Ability to read and understand the code
  • Automating tests using Java and/or Swift
  • Creating and utilizing test harness pages

Are you the right candidate?


  • A passion for technology and testing 
  • Working knowledge with Swift and/or Java
  • Familiarity with Git
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts simply and elegantly


  • Experience of Pair Programming
  • Familiarity with XML and JSON
  • An overview understanding of audio and video media lifecycle
  • Accessibility (A11Y) knowledge
  • Knowledge of streaming video formats such as DASH, HLS, HDS

Exposure with the following technologies

  • Charles Proxy
  • Browser Stack
  • AWS

Package Description

Contract type: Full Time 
Location: Salford, Media City, Dock House

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 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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