Software Engineer - Media Distribution

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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. See our journey so far:

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.

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

  • 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 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

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London, White City W12

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

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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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