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Software Engineer (Web Developer)

Job Introduction

BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, part of BBC News, delivering a wide range of language and regional services and working increasingly with other parts of BBC News to serve global audiences.  It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 320 million globally, including TV, digital platforms, social media, AM, FM, shortwave, digital satellite and cable channels. 

Role Responsibility

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

1. Building technical solutions to meet the requirements of the local design and editorial team.

2. Assessing the technical feasibility of projects and giving realistic time estimations for the work required.

3. Escalating any technical queries and all technical design where new or innovative approaches are being used for review to the wider technical team.

4. Liaising with the wider Software development team in BBC News to ensure that all deployments to the live servers are peer reviewed and managed via GitHub with a London based Lead Developer across the process.

You will be based in Jakarta 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.

The Ideal Candidate

ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES:

  • Excellent front-end web development skills:
    • HTML. Semantic markup patterns for flexible reuse and accessibility.
    • CSS. Good understanding of modern techniques such as Responsive Web Design, flexbox etc but also supporting legacy browsers.
    • JAVASCRIPT. Excellent vanilla JavaScript programming skills, with knowledge of developing large, modular applications. Ability to write in ES6, and an appreciation of backwards-compatible / cross-browser JavaScript. Experience of webpack would be a plus.
    • BUILDING ROBUST EXPERIENCES.  Using progressive enhancement and mobile first approaches to create experiences that work everywhere and for everyone.
  • Accessibility – support all browsers with core content, ensure compliance with screen readers, in accordance with WAI standards, etc
  • Great understanding of UX concerns.  We want smart devs who can provide valuable feedback to designers to improve wireframes and designs.
  • Experience of working in an agile or collaborative way.
  • Familiarity in using GitHub workflows
  • A level of familiarity with AWS or similar Cloud Infrastructure and associated tooling.

A BIG PLUS WOULD BE:

  • An enthusiasm for News.
  • Healthy interest in emerging platform level technologies – queues, microservices, caches etc.
  • Understanding of CI, experience with using a CI system (Hudson, Jenkins, CodeBuild).
  • Knowledge of strategies to improve performance (HTTP caching, language best practices).

Package Description

Fixed term contract until end of September 2021

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia

Local terms and conditions apply

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

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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