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Software Engineering Team Lead - BBC News

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Job Introduction

The BBC News Web teams deliver impartial news to hundreds of millions of readers all over the world. Our main English language news website is visited as often as Twitter and we have 40 other non-English World Service news sites on top of this. We support a wide range of devices and care deeply about scale, performance, internationalisation and accessibility. We work in agile, flexible teams and have an exciting roadmap for future development.

We are a team who care deeply about diversity, opportunity (especially to learn) and strive to always support each other. We’re looking for senior engineers looking to work in our web focused teams. If you want to bring unbiased high-quality news to hundreds of millions more people, all around the world, and want to get involved in the colossal scaling, accessibility and availability efforts we’re putting into this, then join our mission to do so by applying now.

We offer excellent work-life balance and a range of benefits including a generous pension scheme.

Role Responsibility

As a Team Lead, you will help architect, design, develop, deploy and operate websites that are used by millions of users. You‘ll be contributing hands on in a team, while leading technical projects as part of a cross-functional Agile team(s). We are looking for someone who can drive development and delivery, build sound architecture and foster best practices in mobile while mentoring other engineers to grow.

We don’t expect anyone to have experience of all the below, this just gives an example of the technologies and practices we value

  • Drive best engineering practices within your team(s), define and teach practices such as CI/CD, TDD, cloud architectures and pair/mob programming.
  • Work hands on in a team.
  • Contribute to the vision and long-term strategy in your domain of expertise.
  • Be a department-level expert in a particular area or go-to person for solving problems in your domain of expertise.
  • Mentor other engineers.
  • Be part of the BBC-wide mobile developer community driving and influencing our key engineering decisions across the company.

Are you the right candidate?

We’d love to talk to you if you:

  • Have the ability/potential to lead and line-manage a team(s).
  • Have led technical projects.
  • Have extensive experience working hands-on as a Software Engineer in an agile environment.
  • Can gain a deep understanding of the product and business goals, which you can translate into a technical solution.
  • Have experience in mentoring and supporting peers and engineering teams, fostering best engineering practises.
  • Actively invest in your technical skills and leadership abilities.
  • Have a deep understanding of system design, data structures and algorithms and understand how to apply them to design pragmatic solutions.
  • Take initiative in building and shipping high quality code.
  • Have experience in identifying, debugging and resolving complex production issues.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London - Flexible working available

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 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, 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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