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Test Team Lead

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

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.

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 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 Ruby and Cucumber
  • 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.

Package Description

Grade 9 (Proposed band D)


Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious software engineers to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.


Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.


A vibrant digital community – we have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.


A variety of technical challenges – we work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.


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, healthcare, gym and much more.

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. 


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


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