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Senior Software Engineer - (Frontend Javascript)

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

Job Introduction

Have you ever wondered what foundations power the BBC’s online Glastonbury coverage, or the BBC’s Olympics live streams, or indeed BBC iPlayer? BBC Design & Engineering Online Production Systems provide editorial staff with web based tools to enable them to realise their visions, leading to the success and universal industry praise of those propositions which are so popular with our audiences in the UK and abroad. We are an innovative team using industry best practices and cutting edge services to shape the future of the BBC’s audience-facing online services by creating tools that are loved and valued by thousands of BBC editors, producers and journalists.


Working in a highly agile multi-disciplinary team, the successful candidate will be expected to produce enterprise level ECMAScript 6 functional style JavaScript Flux applications (using React and Redux) with thorough tests (using Enzyme and Chai) for Amazon Web Services cloud-based deployments and partake in code reviews, design meetings and innovation brainstorming sessions. The application of industry best practices such as test-driven development, continuous integration, continuous delivery, pair programming and microservices is expected in order to produce robust, scalable, reusable and sustainable systems. Keeping abreast of the latest industry and open source developments in order to bring new ideas to the table and help shape the future of BBC Design & Engineering Online Production Systems will be highly regarded.


Come join BBC Design & Engineering Online Production Systems to learn from the best and lead the rest.

Role Responsibility

The main responsibilities for this role are as follows - 

  • Lead the design and development of effective software that meets complex product and business needs
  • Review and give constructive feedback on others’ code
  • Drive work to successful completion across the immediate team
  • Write appropriate tests using automated test driven techniques for ensuring code quality and coverage
  • Integrate the software with monitoring and support tools
  • Ensure the teams software works in its operating environment
  • Write, review and take responsibility for technical documentation
  • Lead troubleshooting and resolution of issues throughout the product life cycle, including out of hours support for incident resolution
  • Participate in and lead as required, the team's agile planning and delivery process

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role you will need experience in the following - 

  • Extensive experience writing and maintaining large scale robust production software in a fast changing environment with rapid release cycles
  • Expertise in one or more mainstream development language/frameworks
  • Expertise with one or more mainstream development and deployment tool chains (IDE, SCCS, CI)
  • Competence in database design and use in software applications
  • Expertise in web architecture and key technologies (HTTP, DNS, distributed design)
  • Expertise in test driven development and broader testing and QA concerns
  • Expertise in developing for operational and non functional concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, scale, availability and resilience, security considerations)
  • Extensive experience of project working and professional software development processes, including agile 

Package Description

Grade - 8

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


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