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Software Engineer (Online Technology Group)

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Job Introduction

The OTG (Online Technology Group) Engineering teams work on large scale software engineering challenges at the heart of the BBC’s digital products.

We are currently recruiting for positions across two high impact product teams:

  • Cloud Platform
  • Media Distribution Analytics

Cloud Platform:

This is the team at the BBC that is responsible for creating the ecosystem for all cloud-based software development.

The BBC runs thousands of applications and services in the Cloud to deliver both its online product portfolio and an increasing number of core broadcast systems. The availability of those services is vital to the BBC’s public service remit to deliver high quality and reliable digital content, whether that’s News, Sport, iPlayer or something entirely different. The Cloud Platform team is committed to developing flexible tooling and deployment services that help developers deliver software quickly and securely. Their work enables the BBC to make hundreds of changes a day without putting its operational integrity at risk.

Media Distribution Analytics:

This is the team at the BBC that knows when your stream buffers. The BBC’s future is focused on delivering content to an ever-growing online audience and setting the industry standard for a world-class streaming experience. That means playing content without buffering and offering the highest bitrates to our audience so that we continue to deliver the UK's most prestigious live events with confidence.

The Media Distribution Analytics team develop the data pipelines that allow us to measure the audience experience and take action, often in real-time. This is a data engineering team that processes enormous quantities of playback and distribution data so that the BBC can make real-world decisions about capacity requirements and performance. We work closely with the BBC’s own internal Content Distribution Network (BIDI) team, third party network suppliers as well as device playback teams to make the streaming experience the best it can possibly be.

Role Responsibility

  • Developing and maintaining the software components the team is responsible for.
  • Contributing to the design and architecture of the team's software systems. We're always building new components in addition to supporting our existing services!
  • Collaborating with other team members and other teams to deliver our software into production.
  • Participating in the on-call rota for the software systems that the teams support.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Python or Java software engineering skills.
  • Familiarity with database technologies and SQL.
  • A firm grounding in Continuous Delivery principles.
  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative attitude.
  • Keen to learn new skills and gain experience with technologies at a rapid pace.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London, 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.

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 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.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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