Software Engineer - Corporate Digital and Applications
This role sits within Corporate Digital and Applications, a department that makes internal systems for the BBC. We build the intranet, the BBC’s public online corporate presence and build custom apps that make it easier to get things done across the organisation.
There are four teams within this department and each uses slightly different technologies. We’re not looking for you to be an expert in all of these areas, but do expect expertise in one of these technology stacks.
- Mobile team, which builds native iOS applications in swift, with a backend in Laravel PHP
- Gateway team, which builds the intranet, which is built in Angular and has a backend in Sharepoint
- The Web apps team, which builds line of business applications like PeopleView. The front ends tend to be in React, with some apps in Vue or Angular.js (which will be migrated to React) and a backend in Laravel PHP which we will be moving to GraphQL
- The iPages team which builds a framework for corporate sites and others, built in React, with a backend on iSite.
This role will be working within the Web Apps team, building and maintaining our front end sites.
We use GitHub for source control and are gradually moving everything onto AWS, so skills in Git and AWS are key.
- Develop effective software that meets given specifications.
- Review and give feedback on others’ code.
- Write tests using automated test-driven techniques for ensure code quality.
- Integrate the software with monitoring and support tools.
- Support system integration in its operating environment.
- Write and review technical documentation.
- Help troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the product life cycle, including out of hours support for incident resolution.
- Participate in the team's agile planning and delivery process.
- Participate in the team’s software development methodologies, such as pairing, code and documentation reviewing, and continuous delivery.
- Learn new technologies and keep informed of existing technologies
Are you the right candidate?
You will have:
- Built apps from beginning to end
- Worked on numerous different existing apps
- Fixed bugs in live apps
- Committed code to the key products within their specific area
- Demonstrated understanding of scaling applications and information security
- Demonstrated excellent understanding of particular technology stack
- Worked on a project that involves people outside of immediate team
- Dealt with competing priorities
- Demonstrated initiative to fix bugs or resolve issues without being told to
- Fully understood all BAU tasks and be able to assist new starters
- Fully competent in chosen technology stack - can source information from official documentation
- Delivers work in a timely fashion
- Delivers large well-defined tasks and solves not-well-defined problems
- Breaks down large problems into smaller iterative steps
- Owns the implementation of the solution
- Works with users to improve new and existing simple features iteratively
- Applies fundamental UX principles to common problems such as forms design
- Explains developer abstractions and how to contribute to them to other engineers
- Collaborates with designers to create prototypes and to evaluate them
- Writes code that serves as a definitive example for new engineers
- Makes contributions to library code or other core parts of the applications
- Identifies and fixes security weaknesses
- Identifies and fixes performance bottlenecks in applications
- Maintains documentation on things they know the most, makes it easy for future engineers to interact with systems/code
Approach and behaviours
- Assists less experienced engineers
- Understands what can and can’t change and doesn’t dwell on the latter.
- Identifies deficiencies in the development processes and supports activities to improve them
- Provides appropriate and regular feedback to their manager, actively communicates what they are working on
- Accepts feedback graciously and offers it to others in a helpful, actionable, constructive way
- Identifies problems to solve
- Differentiates between user needs and desires and prioritises accordingly
- Puts users first
- Can manage competing priorities effectively
- Contributes to hiring process
- Responsive and prioritises work well.
- Seeks to understand the real problem and offers help and advice
- Seeks alignment in self and others
- Looks for innovative solutions to problems. Doesn't just reach for the obvious solution. Looks at the problem with nuance and seeks new ways of solving it rather than making it go away as quickly as possible
- Confident in own abilities while maintaining humbleness in the face of new information
- Takes time during conversations to listen to issues and consider them. Does not leap to conclusions
- Offers solutions and ways forward rather than complaining about the way things are
- Onboards and mentors new engineers
- Breaks down delivery and knowledge silos
- Positively influences engineers across the team
- Clears blockers for junior team members, provides context/guidance
- Investigates why. Does not take truths for granted unless they understand exactly where they are coming from
- Drives changes to engineering practices with well-reasoned arguments and a 'strong opinion, weakly held' mentality
- Shapes the direction of systems designs with less experienced engineers
- Reads and understands documentation – for example, reads this document thoroughly enough to catch this line and chuckle about it.
Contract type: Permanent - full time
Location: London - Broadcast Centre, White City
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 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, 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.
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