Software Engineer (Personalisation)
Audience Platform is one of the BBC's biggest and most ambitious online projects. Its aim is to create technology solutions and organise data to shape a personal BBC for each of our users.
Our products and services include the BBC account, personalised recommendations, notifications, data warehousing and insights, and participation services such as comments, moderation and voting. Our tech stack consists primarily of Java micro-services running on AWS, with some Python and frontend React development.
You will be part of a team who support a platform that powers BBC services reaching millions of people. We work with iPlayer TV and Sounds, News, Sport, Children’s, and many more.
This role is for a Software Engineer in the Personalisation team. The multi-disciplinary team are responsible for the personalised recommendations and notifications services. Both services are used across BBC products and connect our audiences to the world-class content they love.
We work in a collaborative environment, share ideas and challenge the traditional. This is an opportunity to play a pivotal role in transforming the BBC into a data-driven and digital-first organisation
The primary focus of this role is on the creation and maintenance of fully tested RESTful web services, written in Java and deployed on AWS. There will also be some frontend development, using React. You will be expected to be familiar with technologies such as Spring, JUnit, and Mockito. Knowledge of AWS technologies, including S3, SQS, DynamoDB and Lambda will help to get you started quickly and experience of another language like Python or Node.js will be a significant plus
We’re agile in our development with a multi-disciplinary team working closely with a Product Owner, Business Analyst and Project Manager along with dedicated QA and our colleagues in User Experience & Design.
As we receive high levels of traffic, you will be responsible for ensuring the services remain performant and scalable to meet the ever-growing demands.
Are you the right candidate?
We're looking for someone with solid core Java skills, ideally gained in a high volume, low latency environment but any kind of enterprise experience at scale is highly desirable.
Experience in Agile development practices such as pair programming, Scrum, XP, peer reviews and continuous integration and development would be ideal. If you have any cloud skills then great but if not don't worry as training will be provided and it's a great opportunity to expand your knowledge of a wide range of AWS cloud technologies.
If you have some but not all of these skills, we’d still be interested in hearing from you. We are looking for people with the right attitude and offer excellent training.
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.
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