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Mid-level & Senior Software Engineers


Salford, Newcastle, London - Permanent - Full Time




Package Description

Band: C (Mid-level Software Engineers - £43,000 - £53,000 per annum) & D (Senior Software Engineers - £55,000 - £65,000 per annum)
Contract type: permanent
Location: can be based in London, Salford or Newcastle (hybrid working)

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • • An employer pension contribution of up to 10%
    • 25 days’ annual leave (based on full time hours) + bank holidays and the option to buy/sell additional days
    • Contributory lifestyle benefit options including discounts at hundreds of retailers, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and healthcare schemes 
    • Employee assistance and well-being programmes
    • Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring
    • An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Disability Networks and many more

Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, flexi-time and compressed hours can be requested.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and especially welcome individuals from underrepresented groups.

If you require any reasonable adjustments at any time, please let us know by contacting us on reasonable.adjustments@bbc.co.uk.


Job Introduction

Step into the world of the BBC, one of the UK's most iconic and beloved brands, where every working day is as unique as it is rewarding.  Every tick of the clock, our content reaches millions of people globally, which is made possible by our top-notch Software Engineering team.  They've been instrumental in pioneering innovative products and unique features that have firmly positioned us at the forefront of our industry.  We don't merely adapt to an ever-changing world - we set the pace.

We are growing our engineering hub of excellence and looking for Mid-level and Senior Software Engineers with demonstrable backend experience to join our teams in London, Newcastle and Salford. 

We are looking for a range of programming languages including Java, Python, JavaScript, Typescript and AWS skills.

We offer a warm welcome with full support settling in and foster a culture where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.  We're deeply proud of our values, which are intrinsic to the way we behave every day.  We take them seriously because we want our culture to thrive.  We want people to really enjoy working with us and get a buzz from knowing that what they are doing is making a difference and enhancing people's lives.

Our engineers receive 10% development time built into the 35 hour working week.  We want to give you the time and space to stay fresh in the ever-changing technology landscape.

Come work on fantastically high-scale systems with us!



Main Responsibilities

Software engineers at the BBC are more than just programmers – we’re people who are builders, designers, and problem solvers at heart, people with a passion to make things better for our audiences.  You will help innovate and design new features and products, work with the team to build them, and support and grow them after they’re live.

As a developer in our teams, you will ensure high quality code is delivered in line with project goals and delivery cycles.  You will thrive using agile methods and enjoy working collaboratively and as part of a multidisciplinary team focused on several projects.

You will be a hands-on developer with experience taking ownership of projects, code, database architecture and scalability.

You will work with principal engineers and team leaders and help mentor juniors in the team, promoting technical standards.  Pairing on all aspects of the development process, you will deliver secure, reliable and scalable software within your team.

There’s a lot of scope for widening your skills in this role because it allows you to move into different areas, cover lots of ground and really broaden your understanding of how the business works. 

Your day will be exciting and diverse.  You won’t only ship code; you’ll be intimately involved with all stages of developing the product, predominately focusing on the backend.

Some practices we like: 

  • • Pair-programming.  We like knowledge sharing and learning from one another
    • Shipping great products, not just writing superb code
    • Hybrid work environment.  We balance working from home with in-person collaboration.
    • Global view.  We work with peers in different geo-locations
    • Mentoring and coaching.  We care about each other
    • Tapping into our creativity and learning.  You get 10% development time every week to invest in your own learning and development
    • Continuous deployment
    • Working in an Agile environment with strong attention to a well-documented code, unit testing and continuous integration
    • Pragmatism and obsession for simplicity, efficiency and performance


Are You The Right Candidate?

We are looking for software engineers who are passionate about code, curious and eager to learn in a team of engineering excellence.

If you loving writing top quality code but don't want to stop there because you’re also looking for ways to optimise and improve both structure and design, then the BBC might be for you!

Some of the programming language skills we are hiring for include: Java, Python, Typescript, JavaScript and AWS knowledge.

Some of the things we love:

  • • Experience with the end-to-end software development lifecycle (SDLC), including requirements gathering, design, development, testing, deployment and maintenance
    • Developing on cloud based environments like AWS and Azure
    • Solid understanding of software development principles, design patterns and best practices
    • Knowledge of writing automated tests and taking a TDD approach to your work
    • An aspiration for engineering excellence, using knowledge sharing to learn from each other

The selection process:

We run virtual assessment centres on Thursday mornings for shortlisted candidates.  There are two elements:

 1) Live pair programming exercise with two of our software engineers which you get in advance of your assessment centre date

2) Blended interview questions with two of our software engineers

We aim to make our recruitment process a snapshot into our culture and what it's like to work here.




This job description is a written statement of the essential characteristics of the job, with its principal accountabilities, incorporating a note of the skills, knowledge and experience required for a satisfactory level of performance. This is not intended to be a complete, detailed account of all aspects of the duties involved.