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Software Engineer - Media Distribution

Job Introduction

Help design and develop the BBC's own Content Distribution Network (BIDI), which powers iPlayer. Expand BIDI's cloud based traffic orchestration system and drive the next levels of raw performance out of custom bare-metal hardware caches.

The OTG Media Distribution team works towards the high quality, cost effective distribution of audio and video over the Internet. This is essential for the continuing success of products from iPlayer to BBC News and Sport, and a key goal for the BBC's technology strategy.

We're looking for experienced software engineers to help us design and develop the BBC's CDN (Content Delivery Network), BIDI. BIDI incorporates both high performance caching web servers and the cloud software services responsible for orchestrating those servers.

Join a motivated group of software engineers with a supportive engineering culture. We embrace open source technologies and are passionate about performance and reliability. 

Click here to read more about our team.

Role Responsibility

  • Developing and maintaining the BBC audio/video distribution infrastructure software services.
  • Participating in the on-call rota for the software systems the team supports. This will be once every four to six weeks, depending on team size.
  • Contributing to the design and architecture of the aforementioned systems.
  • Employing software engineering and development best practices.
  • Pairing with and mentoring other developers to share knowledge and practices.

The Ideal Candidate

  • The successful candidate must have:

  • Industry experience writing software in Python and/or Java, with at least proficiency in one of them and a willingness to learn the other.
  • Experience designing and developing RESTful API services, following industry best practices.
  • A basic understanding of the inbuilt tools available in a GNU/Linux environment and some experience chaining them together in POSIX-conformant shell scripts to write utility daemons or to manually test systems.
  • Competence with web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript.
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative attitude.

This role would suit either:

  • a software engineer who knows their way around Python or Java but wants to learn more about how to squeeze out every drop of performance from the software systems


  • a software engineer who knows their way around Linux and performance tuning who wants to learn more about software engineering best practices when developing cloud services.

Package Description

Grade 7 (Proposed band D)


  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious software engineers 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, healthcare, gym and much more.

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. 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.

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.  This re-alignment will not affect the terms and conditions of the appointment.


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