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Test Team Lead - Media Services

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Job Introduction

With 96% of the UK using the BBC every week, we’re the highest reaching media provider in the UK, driven by the strength of our Broadcast portfolio across TV and Radio. Beyond the UK we’re building one of the world’s biggest global media brands, reaching 372m people a week worldwide across TV, Radio and online.

Using cutting-edge, cloud-based technologies and working within a DevOps culture, Media Services is the team responsible for publishing all of the BBC's online audio and video content, powering iPlayer, iPlayer Radio, News and Sport. We handle live content, “catch-up”, and podcasts and support over 1000 different devices, including PCs, phones, tablets, games consoles, and smart TVs. The iPlayer and iPlayer Radio apps are installed on over 30 million phones and tablets, and we handle 13 million plays per day. Every day we ingest and publish over 1000 hours of catchup content, and publish 3-4TB of new files. We strive to provide our global audiences the best possible playback experiences across numerous platforms and devices.

Role Responsibility

You will join a highly Agile, fast-moving and motivated team of engineers who take pride and responsibility for the components they build test and run in production.  You will be assisting the Media Services team to write the best quality software and ensure that everything works together end-to-end. You will lead the test team and will actively contribute to the culture and operation of the Media Services engineering team. This isn’t an average test team lead role – you will be working with multiple people from across the BBC and the wider broadcast industry to change the way media is delivered in the UK.

You will be a leading part of a diverse and vibrant testing community within the BBC, who are passionate about exploring, experimenting and sharing at the moment the team are focussing on the use Machine Learning in testing. 

  • Managing a diverse set of stakeholders across the BBC including iPlayer, News, Sounds, Sport and externally to ensure that you and your team can best support their testing needs. 
  • Ensure multiple test teams collaborate and coordinate the testing of large cross-departmental projects
  • Recommend, advocate for and deliver automated testing that is accessible to everyone
  • Lead a community of testers around the BBC to share and promote ideas.
  • Ensure the continued functionality of an end-to-end test environment that connects multiple Platform product teams.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Excellent people skills for interacting with the test team, other testers, Media Services engineering teams, product owners and other interested stakeholders.
  • Experience of Selenium, Cucumber, Javascript (NodeJS) and Ruby
  • Understanding of AWS EC2, S3, SQS, SNS, DynamoDB, Neptune, and how to interact with them in a test context.
  • Experience of interacting with XML and JSON APIs.
  • An overview understanding of audio and video media lifecycle.

If you some, but not all of the above we'd still love to hear from you!

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Perm
Location: London, White City

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

Mae’r sefyllfa gyda’r coronafeirws yn datblygu’n gyflym, ac mae’r BBC yn awyddus i barhau i sicrhau diogelwch a lles pobl ar draws y BBC, gan barhau i warchod ein gwasanaethau hefyd. I leihau’r risg, dim ond y bobl sy’n hanfodol i’n hallbwn darlledu fydd yn cael mynediad i adeiladau’r BBC. O ddydd Mercher 18fed Mawrth ymlaen, bydd pob asesiad a chyfweliad yn cael ei gynnal o bell, nes rhoddir gwybod yn wahanol. I gael mwy o wybodaeth, ewch i

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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