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Software Engineer - Online Production Systems

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

Job Introduction

The BBC is one of the worlds leading creative organisations. We produce a huge range of content: news; sport; radio; TV programmes; education and learning; childrens content as well as games to name a few. All these are delivered across a huge variety of platforms from broadcast through web and mobile. We receive 11 billion online requests for media a year.

We aim to be the best in the world at what we deliver and are constantly pushing the boundaries of what the BBC can deliver with innovative new formats.

We are searching for software engineers or senior software engineers to join the Content Production System(CPS) team. CPSis part of Online Production Systems, a group in BBC Design & Engineering Platform group that is dedicated to building incredible tools used by BBC editorial teams across the globe to discover, create, and curate world-class content viewed by millions of people every day.

Youd be joining an excellent, innovative team at an exciting time, as we look to build a new suite of tools using the latest Javascript technologies (React, Redux, Node.js); starting with a new article editor.

Role Responsibility

The Purpose of the role is to -

To build new React-based tools for ever-evolving editorial workflows

To add new features to existing tools created in React & Angular 1.4

To contribute to internal component library, ensuring consistent UX and code re-use

Build prototypes and proof of concepts to demonstrate emerging technologies

Use RESTful APIs for communication with our backend services

The Ideal Candidate


  • Demonstrable experience writing and maintaining robust enterprise software in a fast changing environment with rapid release cycles
  • Demonstrable experience building mobile-first responsive applications with JavaScript, including ES6
  • Demonstrable experience in common JavaScript frameworks (Angular, React, Node.js etc.)
  • Experience with CSS3 (including pre processors such as SASS)
  • Competence in TDD, BDD and broader testing and code quality concerns, including use of common testing frameworks (Jasmine, Mocha, Chai, Enzyme etc.)
  • Competence in building isomorphic Javascript applications in React, Redux & Immutable.js
  • Experience deploying production code in a Continuous Integration environment and an understanding of build, workflow and automation tools (webpack, babel, es2016, github, npm, yarn, grunt, gulp etc.)
  • Understanding of 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 and pair programming
  • Knowledge of the web architecture and key technologies (HTTP, DNS, distributed design)
  • Experience of project working and professional software development processes, including agile
  • A strong communicator comfortable with pair programming and collaborative working


  • Experience of database design and use in software applications
  • Takes responsibility for driving tasks to completion
  • Understanding of designing & 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 their software to a production use case
  • Participated in reviews and inspections of code (sat with a peer or someone more senior reviewing your code)
  • Software Engineering or Computer Science Degree or equivalent

Package Description

  • 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.
  • A variety of technical challenges we work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.
  • 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 dont 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 youve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. Youll 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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