Software Engineer (Backend / AWS / Scala) - Radio Music Services - BBC Sounds

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

Job Introduction

We’re looking for talented software engineers to join the iPlayer & Sounds department of Design & Engineering, working on the Radio and Music Services team in London. Our team builds and maintains the APIs and associated AWS infrastructure that power BBC Sounds on Web, Mobile, Voice and TV, as well as other audience facing products in the Radio and Music space. We’re a multidisciplinary team developing services on AWS using Scala and Akka , and follow the Reactive Microservices Architecture advocated by Lightbend.  We work in a Scrum-based agile fashion shipping incrementally and often.


We work closely with our client teams and editorial in BBC Radio, and as part of the broader TV and Radio group, share practice and knowledge with our equivalent teams in iPlayer. The BBC Engineering community as a whole is a dynamic and supportive one, and there are frequent opportunities to collaborate with other teams. Our Engineers are all encouraged to do 10% time, which typically takes the form of a hackday every two weeks where they can work on pet projects and personal development.


This is a great opportunity to join a high-performing team at the heart of one of the BBC’s highest profile digital products. You’ll learn how to build performant and accessible applications in a collaborative and supportive environment, with plenty of opportunities for learning and development.   

Role Responsibility

Over the next 12 months you will:

  • Implement personalisation features for BBC Sounds
  • Help to improve and scale our AWS based infrastructure
  • Help monitor performance of new functionality and offer ideas on how it could be improved
  • Improve programme metadata pipelines
  • Advise product managers and project managers on the complexities of planned work, including providing time and resource estimates in the planning of projects
  •  Learn new technologies and apply your learning to projects where appropriate

The Ideal Candidate


  • Familiarity with Scala, or strong experience with another backend language and a willingness to learn Scala
  • Experience of building or maintaining infrastructure on cloud platforms (we use AWS)
  • Familiarity with version control systems (We use Git)
  • Experience of writing unit tests and TDD



  • Experience developing complex AWS infrastructure
  • Familiarity with JVM languages generally
  • Experience of working with Play, Spray, Akka
  • Experience of project and issue tracking tools  (we use Jira)
  • Love of Music. Radio. Podcasts.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

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

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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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