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Software Engineer (Web Developer)

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Job Introduction

The BBC World Service has grown its multimedia operations in Africa by doubling the number of language services from six to twelve and investing in modern TV and digital production facilities.  The BBC’s digital journalism in Africa is a growing field and our ambition is to reach underserved audiences – such as younger audiences.  An increase in women’s audiences and a more diverse demography across Africa are among our key aims.  BBC Africa aims to make explain and connect African and global stories by providing a unique insight into the main stories of the day in original formats.  The African service digital offer consists of websites, mobile sites and social media with all services providing multimedia content in text, video, interactive and audio for radio, online, TV, mobile and social media platforms.

The BBC has an exciting opportunity for an experienced Front-end Web Developer / Software Engineer to join our Lagos Hub.   Now is an exciting time to join the BBC as we are currently expanding our Language services within News.

We are looking for web developers who are enthusiastic about online journalism to join a BBC World Service Data, and Visual Journalism team in Lagos The World Service Data and Visual Journalism hubs will be made up of an editor, UX designer and a developer.

You will be based in Lagos but you will also be a member of a wider international development team and will take part in that community. You will have the freedom to work on locally defined projects, but will be supported by structures and processes that ensure you will have excellent training and development opportunities and are always backed up by a team who will help you produce work to the highest standard.

Role Responsibility

Your role will include:

  • Develop effective software that meets given specifications
  • Write appropriate tests using automated test driven techniques for ensure code quality
  • Integrate the software with monitoring and support tools
  • Support system integration in its operating environment
  • Write and review technical documentation
  • Help to troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the product life cycle
  • Participate in the team's agile planning and delivery process
  • Effectively participate in the teams software development methodologies, such as pairing, code and documentation reviewing and continuous delivery
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will have the following skills:

  • Demonstrable experience writing and maintaining robust production software
  • Competence in one or more mainstream development languages and frameworks
  • Competence with one or more mainstream development and deployment tool chains (IDE, SCCS, CI)
  • Experience of database design and use in software applications
  • Knowledge of the web architecture and key technologies (HTTP, DNS, distributed design)
  • Competence test driven development
  • Competence in developing for operational concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations)
  • Experience of project working and professional software development processes, including agile
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Knowledge of other African languages would be a distinct advantage

Package Description

Contract: fixed term until September 2021

Location: Lagos, Nigeria

Local terms and conditions apply

Any offer of employment is conditional upon you having the right to work in Nigeria

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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