Software Engineer in Test - Media Services

Job Introduction

Millions of users rely on iPlayer and BBC Sounds to deliver great TV and radio whenever and wherever they need it.  But have you ever thought about how that content gets to your browser or phone app?  It's a complex and vital process, and it's what we do in BBC Media Services.  We provide a huge suite of cloud native microservices that prepare, transcode, package and deliver audio and video quickly and reliably.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and inquisitive Software Engineer in Test to help us ensure people can always enjoy the BBC content they love online. 

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants. Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

Role Responsibility

You'll join one of our cross-functional Agile teams and work closely with other engineers to ensure new or updated components and workflows meet the highest quality standards.  Your work will include:

  • Maintaining and developing automated end-to-end tests
  • Monitoring CI pipelines and fixing any failures
  • Manual testing of queue-based workflows
  • Helping to refine stories and define test requirements
  • Raising defects and owning them through fixing and retesting

You'll learn on the job and have access to a comprehensive training library including LinkedIn Learning, O'Reilly and Pluralsight.  This will enable you to:

  • Develop your skills in various AWS technologies including S3, EC2, Lambda and SQS
  • Write code in languages like Java, Ruby and JavaScript
  • Gain knowledge of industry-standard streaming technologies like DASH and HLS

Are you the right candidate?

You don't need a background in media streaming, but you must have an understanding of how to test APIs or other back end systems that have no user interface.  Strong coding skills are essential, and you'll need to be an excellent written and verbal communicator.  Most importantly, we're looking for someone who enjoys exploring systems, discovering how they work under the bonnet, and ensuring they can cope with whatever the user throws at them.

Who will support me?

The BBC is widely known as an organisation that values its staff, a healthy work-life balance and a positive, growth-oriented workplace. BBC News has an excellent reputation as a great place to grow, learn and develop new skills. There is a wealth of experienced engineers to learn from.

We have fantastic people managers that are committed to helping their colleagues advance their careers. As a wider organisation we work to provide you with the opportunities and experiences you need to succeed.

You can spend 10% time of your time learning new skills, playing with new technology and developing yourself, because we understand the need to stay up to date and fresh in a constantly changing technical landscape.



Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London / Flexible

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 BBC

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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