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Senior Architect

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Job Introduction

BBC News is changing.  We recently announced a major expansion of the World Service, bringing our journalism to more people than ever around the world with 11 new language services.  That expansion covers our broadcast output, too, with additional bureaux and production facilities being built around the world.  We’re already planning our new generation of broadcast production systems and are aiming towards a combination of off-the-shelf and custom-built components to enable us to build scalable, forward-looking systems that journalists and content creators will love to use.

This is a great opportunity for a technical architect to join BBC News.  This role is for an architect to join our Broadcast Systems Development team and to design and help to lead the build of a new generation of broadcast production systems.

Role Responsibility

Reporting to a Lead Technical Architect in our Software Engineering group, you’ll focus on technology delivery projects with our Broadcast Systems Development group.  The group is composed of two software engineering teams and a systems engineering team – who provide infrastructure and DevOps expertise.

Working with technical leads, systems engineers and developers to design technical solutions, you’ll then own those designs, ensuring that they are good, solid and efficient.  You’ll manage changes to those designs, over the short and long terms. You’ll need to consider cost and scalability, reuse, reusability and resilience.  You’ll own a technical roadmap for your area of responsibility and expertise.  You’ll work with architects across the business to devise and align around common strategies, capabilities and services and then represent them within our department.

We have areas of work that are greenfield – where we’re building something from scratch – and areas where we’re building on existing capabilities.  For a given product need – how should we approach it?  What should we reuse, what should we build, what might we want to buy?  How will we integrate, within the department and outside?  Will it keep working as data centres fail or as the bad guys try to attack it? Does the design give us the best balance between cost and capability?

The Broadcast Systems Development group builds and maintains a set of applications deployed in multiple sites in the UK and around the world.  The systems are responsible for media and metadata ingestion and management, on screen graphics production and media playout.  We work mainly in Java and produce native and Web-based front-end interfaces. 

The Ideal Candidate

You don’t need to know all of the answers - you’ll be working with people who may well know a lot more than you about their area.  It definitely helps to know the questions, though.  What makes a system good, right and appropriate is a key one.

Architects, as many technical people, are a varied bunch.  Perhaps you’re an experienced technical lead looking to move in a new direction or maybe you’re an experienced architect with a different technical focus.  You may come from a software engineering background, or have worked in infrastructure design, or maybe you’re have a strong past in technical project management.  But if you read this job description and it sounds exciting then we’d love to hear from you.

Package Description

Grade        9

Location    London

Contract    Continuing

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.


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