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Tester - Media Services

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

Job Introduction

Do you want to help #BuildTheBBC?

With 95% 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

Develop tools to assist the Media Playout team to build and test the BBC’s Standard Media Player (“SMP”). SMP is a video and audio player used across the BBC including iPlayer, News, Sport and now BBC Sounds.

Your tasks will include a mix of:


  • Exploratory testing on different browsers and mobile devices
  • Tracking and reporting bugs found with accurate steps to reproduce
  • Collaborating with developers to verify fixes and define product behaviours
  • Testing the various players (video/audio/360/flash) and content with automated scripts
  • Creating and utilizing test harness pages
  • Investigating stats reports and using them to make data-driven predictions and suggestions

Are you the right candidate?



  • A passion for technology and proficiency with a scripting programming language such as Ruby/Python/JavaScript
  • Ability to solve problems in a technical environment and to communicate technical concept simply and plainly
  • Knowledge of software and hardware configurations for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Working knowledge of Git or SVN
  • An interest in media playback technologies
  • Ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organisation, and do so in a proactive fashion, using diplomacy where required



  • Accessibility knowledge on the web (a11y)
  • Experience of streaming video formats such as DASH, HLS, HDS
  • Exposure to the following technologies:
  1. Capybara Gem for Ruby
  2. Charles Proxy
  3. Browser Stack
  4. AWS

Package Description

Band: C

Contract type: Permanent

Location: London, White City (W12)


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. 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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