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Software Engineer

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Job Introduction

BBC Audience Platform is one of the BBC's biggest and most ambitious online projects. The ultimate aim being to personalise the online content, and engage more effectively with our audiences. Our services are transforming the BBC into a data driven organisation supporting the delivery of BBC’s services such as iPlayer, News, Sport, CBBC/cbeebies, Weather, Radio and TV, etc. Our tech stack is largely Java, Node.js and AWS.

In BBC Audience Platform we use the latest tech, with teams that inspire innovation and autonomy, and striving towards Continuous Delivery. Our products span the whole of the BBC and reach millions of users!  Not only will you be working on great projects and with cutting edge technologies you will be surrounded by a team of like-minded Technology professionals from whom you can learn and grow.We regularly have Technical Brown bag sessions and try to have frequent Hackathons. This is an environment where we love to share ideas, challenge the traditional with our goal of taking the BBC on the journey to be a Digital First organization.

Role Responsibility

This exciting role sits in the Audience Account team, building new features and looking after the mission critical Single Sign On platform for all the BBC public services. To succeed, we need to deliver elegant user experiences, as well as a service that’s performant and reliable at scales to tens of millions of users, in a secure manner. 

As a key member of this dynamic Agile team you will be responsible for:

  • building and maintaining this system which is based on the ForgeRock platform.  
  • continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible on this platform (which is deployed within AWS)
  • developing new features for the BBC ID system.
  • bug fixing and improving quality of the BBC ID Systems.

The BBC ID Systems are Written in a mixture of Java and Javascript and Python and hosted in  AWS.  Based on the ForgeRock products OpenAM, OpenIDM, OpenDj and a wide range of AWS services. And have a continuous deployment system based upon Jenkins and Cosmos.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Software Engineering experience of developing with Java or Javascript.
  • Experience of a data persistence technology be it a relation DB model or other model like a JSON store. 
  • Experience of developing using a version control system, such as GIT, Perforce, SVN, CVS or other
  • Experience working in an Agile environment.
  • Experience of a team centered methodology like Agile.
  • A passion for new technologies and different programming languages.


Join us to deliver robust products at scale that in a modern AWS environment as part of a great multi-disciplinary agile team. Help us to deliver the solutions robustly and securely at scale – eg systems with more than 25,000tps, dealing with 2 billion data points in real time daily by the end of the year, delivering tens of millions of alerts in under a minute, and large scale events such as voting on Strictly Come Dancing and Glastonbury on iPlayer.

Package Description

​Grade 7 (proposed band C)

  • Excellent career progression: The BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious individuals to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities: Our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • A vibrant digital community: We have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.
  • Benefits: We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday 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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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