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Software Engineering Team Lead - Broadcast Automation and Graphics - Flexible working options available

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

Job Introduction

The Broadcast Automation and Graphics team provides software solutions for the creators of content across the BBC. Our software integrates with broadcast systems used in the BBC to automate devices and create graphics. It is also used to manage programme information, such as running orders and metadata.

For our server side systems we have:

  • Microservices running on the JVM built using the Spring Boot framework with a Gradle based build toolchain
  • MySQL Databases
  • Integration with VizRT and CasparCG Render engines

We also build user interfaces for our tools using:

  • Responsive web clients (ES2018 / ReactSJ / SCSS )
  • C# Windows clients 

For all of our components, we aim to have a unified CI/CD platform, which has Jenkins build pipelines producing Docker images that are deployed to Kubernetes clusters.

And of course automated testing of this using RSpec regression suites written in Ruby!

Some of our software is hosted on-premises, whereas other components are deployed on AWS.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a talented Software Engineering Team Lead, with a good balance of technical and management skills.

The team is made of 5 to 10 engineers, comprising a unique mix of front-end, back-end and broadcasting expertise. We are a highly collaborative team. We value our staff, offering regular training and development opportunities, as well as ‘innovation time’ - allowing dedicated time for self-improvement, learning and innovation. We take the time to reflect and improve on how we are working through team retrospectives and individual mentoring. We are a hard-working team who are supportive, who care about each other and promote a healthy work-life balance.

Are you the right candidate?

Here are the skills we are looking for, you may have experience of some, but not necessarily all of them:

  • Real-world experience in designing and writing software in either Java, JavaScript or C#
  • Expertise in choosing and applying design patterns and coding best practices
  • Ability to rapidly acquire new technical skills and to work with new technologies
  • Effective leadership and collaboration inside and beyond the team
  • Recruitment, management and mentoring experience

Other desirable skills are:

  • Experience with broadcast technologies
  • Knowledge of Kubernetes, Ansible and Docker
  • Experience in both front-end and back-end coding
  • Real-world use of SQL or NoSQL
  • Experience with Continuous Integration/Deployment


Shortlisted candidates will be asked to do a coding test in late February, and those who are successful in the test will be invited to interview in the following weeks.


Package Description

Based London W1

Salary Band D

Continuing - Permanent 

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and responsibilities, and to work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house training Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits - We offer a comprehensive salary package, a flexible 20-35 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.

We encourage flexible working, although it may not be possible for every role. There is no obligation to raise flexible working or part time requests 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.

About the BBC

D+E offers a wide range of stretching, creative and impactful careers for talented people. We are the team that’s building the future of the BBC, whilst delivering TV, radio and online services to millions of people worldwide every day.

As well as being the people behind iPlayer and the News, Sports and Children’s services, we develop, support and maintain the systems and infrastructure that keeps the BBC on air and are responsible for the biggest British-run digital service in the world. In D+E, you’ll be working on unique challenges, hand in hand with the best creative minds in the UK and alongside one of the world's leading production and distribution companies (BBC Studios).

We offer challenging work but with the time to think and do things right. We uphold a 100 year history of invention and innovation in the BBC by welcoming and developing people of all backgrounds. 

Diversity matters at the BBC.  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. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from all individuals.  And we promote flexible working opportunities where operational needs allow.  

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here


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