Now is a great time to join the BBC News & Weather digital teams. Over the last four years, we have doubled the reach of the News site and apps in both the UK and globally. On an average week, 60% of visitors to BBC online come to News & Weather in the UK, rising to 75% internationally; when big stories hit, we regularly now exceed 100m weekly users. While we’re a big product, we’re still one-size-fits-all, and over the next two years we must make the leap to a modern, personalised digital service that works for all. We’re doubling the size of the product and engineering teams by hiring over 100 new roles to support our aspiration of creating a truly universal personal news service.
We will deliver a mix of universal top stories and curated content tailored to different audience needs, with users experiencing a rich combination of news, live and in-depth journalism in text, photos, graphics, video and audio. We know trust is key, and our teams will focus on experiences with trust and transparency at their heart. We will continue to set the standard in Live coverage online, and build a modern BBC News experience that is important, relevant and useful for everyone, every time they use it.
The BBC offers an inclusive workplace where the principles of fairness, respect, equality, dignity and autonomy are promoted and are part of our everyday goals and behaviour. We select candidates for our positions on the basis of merit and as an equal opportunity employer we value diversity and all of the benefits it brings.
Who will support me?
The BBC is widely known as an organisation that values its staff, a healthy work-life balance and a positive, growth-oriented workplace. BBC News has an excellent reputation as a great place to grow, learn and develop new skills.
We have fantastic people managers that are committed to helping their colleagues advance their careers. As a wider organisation we work to provide you with the opportunities and experiences you need to succeed.
You can spend 10% time of your time learning new skills, playing with new technology and developing yourself, because we understand the need to stay up to date and fresh in a constantly changing technical landscape.
How will I be successful?
What is the role?
Software Engineers are responsible for designing and engineering all of the systems, products and services that power the BBC. The Principal Software Engineer helps their team meet standards for engineering excellence and quality of output.
They are responsible for providing technical leadership and input to specific business and technology domain challenges. They help their team follow best practice with regard to the design, implementation and operation of effective software and tools, with the aim of helping us to meet our audience needs and improve ourselves.
As a senior technical voice in their team and wider department building some of the BBC’s biggest audience facing propositions, this role will be a voice in many internal forums shaping the future direction of BBC Online. Every day will be about working with and supporting their teams to do their best work, with other teams around them, in the best way so we do our best for our audience.
The Ideal Candidate
As an organisation we support all of our colleagues in gaining new skills and experience. To be successful in this role you may have experience of some, but not necessarily all, of the following:
We use a wide variety of tools and technologies across our teams, and no one is expected to work with or have experience of, all of them. To give you an idea though:
For our APIs and “back end” services we primarily use Java, Scala, and NodeJS, as well as persistence layers like Redis, Mongo, and PostGres.
We also create and support reliable and scalable cloud based microservices on Amazon Web Services, use Git and GitHub for version control, and use testing tools and approaches, such as Test Driven Development.
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible (London, Cardiff, Salford or Glasgow)
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.