Software Engineer - Content Enrichment

Job Introduction

With 95% of the UK using the BBC every week, we’re the highest reaching media provider in the UK, driven by the strength of our Broadcast portfolio across TV and Radio. Beyond the UK we’re building one of the world’s biggest global media brands, reaching 372 million people a week worldwide across TV, Radio and online.

Team Rock Badger supports the enrichment of content metadata through the Content Enrichment Chassis, which provides an easy way for systems that process content (audio, video and text) to better understand and classify that content using machine learning based enrichment engines.  We work with many different parts of the BBC to extract more value from the content we produce and provide a richer, more relevant experience for our audiences.

Role Responsibility

You will be responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting the systems that the team owns, including providing second line support for live systems.

You will work as part of a team to deliver against our product roadmap.

You will contribute to the analysis, design and development of new features and systems.

You will:

  • Develop effective software solutions in an agile team, in a constantly changing digital landscape
  • Working with the team lead, make technical decisions and provide insight to peers and colleagues
  • Review and give constructive feedback on others' code
  • Contribute to the team's approach to quality and testing.
  • Ensure technical documentation is accurate and coherent
  • Troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the product lifecycle, which will include out of hours support for incident resolution
  • Learn new methodologies and keep up to date with software development tools and technologies
  • Participate in all aspects of the team’s work, including presenting the work of the team to other parts of the BBC and beyond
  • Work with the team lead, project managers and product owners to create implementable specifications and tasks at product and roadmap level

The Ideal Candidate

We’re looking for people who can write good quality software.  We’re looking for experienced developers, but we’re happy to consider applications from anyone with the right skills.  We’re not looking for experience with any specific tech stack or language and if you don’t know the language already this is a great opportunity to learn Go.

You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary agile team, so you need to be happy with the prospect of working as part of a team, and pair-programming, even if you don’t have much experience of either.  Some knowledge of how the web works is expected, and knowledge of AWS would be helpful, but you will be learning many aspects of the job as you progress. 

Tech stack

We use a variety of tools and technologies across our teams, and no one is expected to work with or have experience of, all of them. For our user facing "front end" products we use JavaScript, React and NodeJS. For our APIs and "back end" services we use the Go language to create AWS lambda functions and DynamoDB and AWS S3 data stores. We also create and support reliable and scalable serverless services on Amazon Web Services, use Git and GitHub for version control, practice Continuous Delivery and use testing tools and approaches, such as Test-Driven Development.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Salford

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.

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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