Software Engineer in Test - BBC Sounds

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Job Introduction

We’re looking for a talented individual to join the iPlayer & Sounds department as a Software Engineer in Test on the Sounds Web team. We are a London-based, high-profile department in the Design & Engineering division of the BBC. The web team is crucial to the BBC Sounds goals to reach a wider audience, responsible for building and maintaining Sounds’ features in web browsers.

We are a multi-disciplinary team. Testers, UX designers, project managers and developers collaborate daily. The team builds its features with React running on node.js. Our test automation is written in JavaScript and Selenium, using BDD. We are experimenting with CI/CD, working closely with developers to build automation upfront. We work in a kanban-based agile fashion, shipping incrementally and often. We deploy some of our features as A/B tests.

We work closely with other client teams and editorial in BBC Radio. As part of the broader TV and Radio group, we share practice and knowledge with our equivalent teams in iPlayer. The BBC Engineering community is a dynamic and supportive one, and there are frequent opportunities to collaborate with other teams. Our Engineers are all encouraged to do 10% time, which typically takes the form of a hack day every two weeks where they can work on pet projects and personal development.

This role is an excellent opportunity to join a high-performing team at the heart of one of the BBC’s highest-profile digital products. You’ll learn how to build performant and accessible applications in a collaborative and supportive environment, with plenty of opportunities for learning and development.  You will be joining a group of passionate testers who love what they do. You will also have the chance to collaborate with testers from other parts of the organisation.

Role Responsibility

You will:

  • Implement BDD automation using JavaScript and Selenium.
  • Pair with Software Engineers and Testers on planning, defining, and running tests for web releases.
  • Run ad-hoc manual and exploratory testing.
  • Shape our automation frameworks and pipelines.
  • Be a good communicator who can report on test-related issues and risks.
  • Learn new technologies and apply your learning to projects where appropriate.

The Ideal Candidate

  • JavaScript Experience.
  • BDD Experience.
  • Experience of Selenium, webDriver or similar library.
  • Ability to write UI automation code.
  • GitHub or equivalent.
  • Agile team (Scrum, Kanban) experience.
  • Pairing.
  • Code review.
  • Analytical Skills.
  • The ability to communicate efficiently verbally or in writing.
  • Working across multi-discipline teams.
  • Flexible working.


  • CI/CD experience.
  • Some experience or exposure to load testing.
  • Past experience of collaborating with an API or backend team.
  • Jenkins or AWS CodePipeline.
  • Exposure to accessibility testing.
  • AWS and AWS tools.

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London

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 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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