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Software Engineer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Join our world-class engineering team and make a difference in one of the world’s most creative forces and trusted public sector organisations.

As part of our team you’ll be responsible for shaping, delivering and continually improving the public facing BBC News website, working directly on pages and features that attract an audience in the tens of millions per week.

While our team predominantly utilises Node and React on an AWS based platform, you’ll also have the opportunity to gain insight into engineering across the wider BBC, solve problems at scale, and get involved in the development communities that interest you.

You can expect a relaxed environment with flexible/remote working, plenty of training opportunities and dedicated time set aside for learning and development.

Role Responsibility

A Software Engineer for BBC News is expected to:

  • Develop effective software that meets given specifications.
  • Review and give feedback on others’ code.
  • Write tests using automated test-driven techniques to ensure code quality.
  • Collaborate with other teams across the BBC to build shared solutions.
  • Write and review technical documentation.
  • Help troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the product life cycle.
  • Participate in the team's agile planning and delivery process.
  • Participate in the team’s software development methodologies, such as pairing, code and documentation reviewing, and continuous delivery.
  • Learn new technologies and keep informed of existing technologies.

Are you the right candidate?

We don’t expect you to have all of the experience listed here, but any of the following would be useful in this role:

  • Experience writing and maintaining software using Javascript/Typescript.
  • Knowledge of the web architecture and key technologies such as HTTP and DNS.
  • An interest in Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD).
  • An understanding of test driven development, broader testing and QA concerns.
  • Competence in developing for operational and non-functional concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, scale, availability and resilience, security considerations).
  • Competence in translating product requirements into technical solutions.
  • Collaboration within a team – ability to speak up, challenge, agree and commit.

What We Offer:

  • Flexible and/or remote working and a genuine work/life balance.
  • BBC Benefits - up to 10% pension contributions, 26 days holiday (with option to buy 5 extra days) and a 35 hour working week.
  • BBC Academy - a large selection of technical (e.g. Architecting on AWS) and personal development (e.g. Leadership) training courses (both office based, and online).
  • 10% time - every other Friday is your time to try something new, pair up on some code challenges or read those articles you keep meaning to.
  • City centre location (next to Cardiff Central).

Package Description

For this role  /  Ar gyfer y swydd yma:

Welsh language skills are not necessary  /  Nid yw sgiliau yn yr iaith Gymraeg yn angenrheidiol

Applications may be submitted in Welsh, and an application submitted in Welsh will not be treated less favourably than an application submitted in English.  /   Mae modd cyflwyno ceisiadau yn Gymraeg, ac ni fydd cais a gyflwynir yn Gymraeg yn cael ei drin yn llai ffafriol na chais a gyflwynir yn Saesneg.

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 25 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 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, sexuality, social 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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