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Software Engineering Manager - (Mobile Apps, News)

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

Job Introduction

This is a great opportunity for an experienced technical lead to join BBC News.  We’re recruiting for an Engineering Manager to lead one of our key development groups – our mobile app teams.

Our mobile apps have over 8 million weekly users, and we currently offer 12 variants coving our most popular UK, World Service and worldwide content.  We build and support ad-funded apps for some markets, and ad-free ones in the UK.

Our website often gets 50 million hits in a day.  We’ve seen higher than 1.8 million concurrent users on our site and we try to support every device we can, from simpler mobile phones to connected TVs.  Our broadcast output is watched and listened to by people across the country and the world.  We make the BBC’s high quality journalism possible, and we actively look for new ways to reach people and to tell stories and communicate in new and effective ways. 

We recently announced a major expansion of the World Service, bringing our journalism to more people than ever around the world with 11 new language services.  We have a forward-looking strategy for our mobile apps, expanding into these new areas as and when appropriate.

We work in agile, flexible teams, and have an exciting roadmap for future development.  We’re working towards personalised features for our global audience and using the worldwide capabilities of public Cloud providers to help us serve that audience exactly what they want quickly and efficiently.

Your direct reports will be Principal Software Engineers and Software Engineering Team Leads and with them you’ll lead a group of Software Engineers.  Together you’ll develop and extend our mobile apps.  You’ll work to shape and streamline our development processes and to ensure that we’re using the best tools and workflows.  You’ll make sure that we’re making best use of current mobile platform capabilities and that we’re prepared for what’s coming next.  You’ll work closely with our Data Systems team, which provides the feeds that drive the apps, and with other mobile-focussed teams in the BBC to make use of shared components – and to share our components with other teams.

You’ll oversee the technical design, structure and direction of the products that you own.  You’ll maintain a development roadmap while making sure we remain agile and can respond quickly to product and editorial requirements – accepting that they can change.  And you’ll work with our technical architects to shape our technology plans and roadmap, and with product managers to contribute to the direction of our products.  You’ll be a member of the department’s leadership team.

If you decide to apply – and we hope that you will – you’ll find a box asking you to describe how you meet the requirements of this role.  We’re more than happy for you to do so, but if you can then we’ll love for you to tell us more about yourself in a more natural way than a CV might allow.  What areas of technology interest you?  What parts of what you’ve worked on in the past most got you going?  Maybe you have some interesting problems that you’ve solved that you’d like to tell us about.  Or leave the box blank, if you prefer.

Role Responsibility

In this role you’ll report to the Head of Software Engineering and will lead and manage the development teams that build our native mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.  That will be the initial focus of the role, and it will then expand to include work on our connected TV products, and on syndication of content to off-platform partners – such as Facebook and Apple.

The Ideal Candidate

To succeed in this role you’ll need significant experience in software engineering, and with native mobile app development a clear specialism.  You’ll need technology and people leadership experience and we’ll be looking for you to demonstrate a history of success building or leading the development of mobile products.  Ideally you’ll be able to demonstrate steady growth in responsibility and remit in your career so far. 

You’ll need to be a strong communicator, choosing and using the most appropriate media, style, level and technique to get your points across, to negotiate and to come to consensus with the teams who work for you, with your peers in the BBC and with product and editorial stakeholders.

Package Description

Location - London

Contract - Continuing

Grade - 10

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 under-represented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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