Software Engineer - Syndication

Job Introduction

With 95% of the UK using the BBC every week, we’re the highest reaching media provider in the UK, driven by the strength of our Broadcast portfolio across TV and Radio. Beyond the UK we’re building one of the world’s biggest global media brands, reaching 372 million people a week worldwide across TV, Radio and online.

The Syndication team supports the delivery of BBC News articles to many partners and a huge audience across the world – more than 100 million users every month.  We also syndicate news to Microsoft Network, Apple News and Facebook Instant Articles.  We’re currently working on integrating with the BBC’s next generation content management system to support the syndication of BBC News into the next decade.

Role Responsibility

You will be responsible for developing, maintaining and supporting the systems that the team owns, including providing second line support for live systems.

You will work as part of a team to deliver against our product roadmap.

You will contribute to the analysis, design and development of new features and systems.

You will:

  • Develop effective software that meets given specifications
  • Write appropriate tests using automated test-driven techniques for ensuring code quality.
  • Integrate the software with monitoring and support tools.
  • Contribute to technical documentation.
  • Help to troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the product life cycle, including out of hours support
  • Learn and use the team's agile planning and delivery process.
  • Learn and 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.
  • Support and decommission legacy systems 

The Ideal Candidate

We’re looking for people who can write good quality software.  We’re happy to consider applications from people relatively new to the profession through to seasoned developers.  We’re not looking for experience with any specific tech stack or language and if you don’t know the language already this is a great opportunity to learn Scala.

You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary agile team, so you need to be happy with the prospect of working as part of a team, and pair-programming, even if you don’t have much experience of either.  Some knowledge of how the web works is expected, and knowledge of AWS would be helpful, but you will be learning many aspects of the job as you progress. 

Tech stack

We use a variety of tools and technologies across our teams, and no one is expected to work with or have experience of, all of them. For our user facing "front end" products we use JavaScript, React and NodeJS. For our APIs and "back end" services we use the Scala language and the Twitter stack (Finatra/Finagle), as well as MySQL and DynamoDB data stores. We also create and support reliable and scalable cloud-based services on Amazon Web Services, use Git and GitHub for version control, and use testing tools and approaches, such as Test-Driven Development and Consumer Driven Contract testing.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Salford

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 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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