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Tester - BBC Children's

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

Job Introduction

BBC Children’s creates amazing digital experiences for the children of Britain. From Topsy and Tim to Danger Mouse, from Newsround to Blue Peter, we work with globally loved brands to deliver websites and apps that inform, educate, entertain and inspire.

We’re a team of over 60 people based in Bridge House, MediaCityUK. Our agile teams are made up of software engineers, testers, user experience designers, design researchers, product owners, business analysts and project managers, all striving to create extraordinary experiences for our young audiences.

We’re now working on the next generation of inspiring experiences for children on mobile, tablet and PC and are looking for great people to join our team and help us shape the future of the BBC.

Role Responsibility

As a member of BBC Children’s, you will be responsible for ensuring that the products we build meet the requirements and quality criteria of the department.

You’ll be proactive and have a strong focus on quality and risk throughout the delivery cycle.


Additionally you will be expected to have a good understanding of a variety of test approaches in a web-based environment.

The role will include the following activities:


  • Helping to define and manage our testing processes

  • Hands on testing of our websites, mobile apps, and games using both manual and automated approaches where appropriate

  • Daily liaison with the product owner(s), technical leads, developers, and design teams to ensure the definition, design and testing of new features run smoothly

  • Be responsible for work quality, ensuring it meets the testing standards of the BBC

  • Provide testing advice to the editorial and design teams

  • Help develop tools and methodologies to improve the effectiveness of our testing activities

  • Collaborate effectively with other technical teams, and clients of our services, to ensure the best audience experience

  • Seek opportunities to employ new testing methodologies across our teams

  • Keep abreast of developments in testing approach / methodologies particularly related to mobile devices and the web

  • Work closely with other team members and provide assistance as directed

  • Assist with training of new team members and trainees as required.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for this role will be have experience in most of the following:


  • Manual and exploratory testing across web and mobile devices

  • Testing HTML5 games, and mobile apps

  • Automated testing using standard frameworks (Selenium)

  • Identifying opportunities for test automation

  • Source control systems such as Git and GitHub

  • Experience of working in an Agile environment (Scrum, Kanban)

  • Experience of test management tools (JIRA, TestRail)

  • API / backend testing

  • Cloud based testing

  • Javascript

  • Node.js


You’ll also be keen to learn and eager to develop new skills. You’ll love working with others and collaborating as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Package Description

Grade 7 (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.
  • 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 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 very 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.


The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework align job titles and job descriptions. Consequently, successful applicants may be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.  This re-alignment will not affect the terms and conditions of the appointment.

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