We are part of the Digital Distribution group with the mission to use software engineering principles to develop processes, tooling, and services to increase reliability through observability, proactive collaboration, and support.
We are responsible for providing preferred systems and solutions with the aim to be the accelerator for product teams, helping developers to build reliable products and services to achieve broadcast-level reliability. We do this through collaboration, our product stack, and best engineering practices.
Using cloud technologies, we are part of the team responsible for publishing all of the BBC's online audio and video content which powers iPlayer, BBC Sounds, and News and Sport. We handle live streaming, on-demand content, and podcasts. Our services handle over 13 million plays per day, ingest and publish 1000s of hours of on-demand content, and publish 3-4 TB of new files daily. We strive to provide our global audiences the best possible playback experiences across numerous platforms and devices.
- Our software engineers are advocates for proven principles and practices and actively influence culture change in the BBC. We provide metrics visualisation, release and deployment tooling, automation, secrets storage, SLI/SLO & error budget facilitation and more.
- We develop and share our approach as a discipline, applying software engineering to infrastructure and operational problems at scale.
- The team helps product teams to become production-ready, treating operational concerns as integral to the development process.
- Our tooling monitors systems, generating observable metrics leading to ways to improve internal and audience facing systems.
- We consult with product owners and development teams to support their goals.
- Technical requirements and specifications are developed to achieve a better development and audience experience.
- We seek to understand complex technical problems including contributing to blameless post-mortems and swarming.
- Our code is developed to be easily maintainable, supportable, and minimises risk.
Are you the right candidate?
- Experience writing and maintaining robust production software.
- Competence in one or more mainstream development languages and frameworks.
- Competence with one or more mainstream development and deployment tool chains(Integrated Development Environment (IDE), Source Code Control System (SCCS), Continuous Integration (CI)).
- Knowledge of the web architecture and key technologies (Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Domain Name System (DNS), distributed design).
- Competence in test driven development and broader testing & QA concerns.
- Competence in developing for operational concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations).
- Experience of project working and professional software development processes, including agile
- Collaboration within a team – ability to speak up, challenge, agree and commit.
- Experience of database design and use in software applications.
- Takes responsibility for delivering tasks to completion.
- Understanding of designing and implementing for non-functional concerns.
- Worked in a professional software development environment on several projects (including experience in testing, design and release).
- Experience of releasing software to a production use case.
- Participated in reviews and inspections of code.
- Software Engineering or Computer Science Degree or equivalent.
Contract type: Permanent
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.
- Career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
- Training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certifications.
- Benefits – We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days of annual Leave(with1 as Corporation Day) 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
What Do We Do?
- We have a growth mindset, continuously looking to learn new software skills and technologies.
- Most of our work is with Linux/Unix operating systems, including containers.
- We reduce repetitive work through the automation of tasks.
- We respond to problems and failures with an open and blameless approach and treat these as chances to improve.
Joining Our Team
We are looking for a Software Engineer to join our team to help deliver our mission. The ideal candidate would enjoy working as part of a collaborative and supportive team with opportunities to grow and develop and work in a truly exciting space, delivering the best possible experience to our global audiences.
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 or expression, 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