Software Engineer - News Labs

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Job Introduction

News Labs is an innovation team that sits between BBC R&D and BBC News.

We work to influence the future direction of audience experiences for News.

BBC News hopes to reach 500 million people worldwide by 2022 each week, and we need people who will help make that ambition a reality through delivering innovation into news.

Right now, we’re particularly interested in the possibilities of:

  • Developing structured journalism, and journalism as data
  • Creating and testing personalised experiences of BBC News
  • Creating and testing new formats for BBC News
  • Making BBC News more accessible for our audiences
  • Exploring opportunities for automation in journalism

We collaborate with editorial and product teams across the BBC as well as academic partners, and external research and design agencies.

Role Responsibility

News Labs is unique within BBC Design + Engineering in that we produce rapid prototypes without the formal structure of a product team.

We work in short project cycles to create prototypes, demonstrate proofs of concept, test assumptions and gain early feedback. We're always looking for ways to improve and grow, through training, participation in industry hackathons, knowledge sharing and enabling a flexible working environment.

Members of the News Labs team contribute to all aspects of the design, execution and delivery process. Beyond software engineering, this can include user research, interface design, collaborating with stakeholders and project management. We want you to help us in shaping all of these areas, so we’re particularly interested in hearing how you’ve contributed to these areas in the past.

Much of our work on previous projects has been built on full-stack Javascript with some Python and deployed via AWS, but we have the freedom to experiment with whichever technology works best for a project.

The Ideal Candidate

When writing your application please tell us about:

  • Your experience of designing and developing software using different programming languages
  • Your experience of working with RESTful web services; both developing and consuming
  • Your ability to work flexibly within a team, taking on different roles as the project requires
  • How you’ve contributed to a project from planning through to execution and delivery
  • Your experience using Agile practices for software development and your understanding of software testing methods
  • Your interest in news and/or innovation

In addition, you might also be able to tell us about one or more of these:

  • Your experience writing Javascript, Python or Java
  • Designing better user experiences (this could be research or purely design-based)
  • Working in a Unix/Linux based environment
  • Using a version control system (such as Git)
  • Deploying to a cloud infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud Platform
  • Your experience of following good security practices while developing cloud-based services

If you are shortlisted for this role, we will ask you to complete an at-home coding test, allowing at least a week for submission and aiming to take no longer than 2-3 hours of your time. We will assess this anonymously and follow up by inviting you for an on-site interview lasting 60-90 minutes, where we’ll discuss your code and ask a number of technical and behavioural evidence-based questions.

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 holiday 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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