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Software Engineer in Test


Salford - Permanent - Full Time




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.

The BBC produces an incredibly varied range of content: from video, audio, and text; from comedy, drama, news, and educational content; and content produced all around the UK. With so much content available, it can be difficult for the audience to find what they are looking for. The BBC’s Search Team are there to help, powering search across all our main products. We are focused on improving search through experimentation and data informed insights, to give audiences a great search experience.

The BBC is a place where you will be able to make a real difference. You will be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you will be empowered to fulfil your potential. You’ll be doing this from our brand-new tech hub in Newcastle, which has been launched this year, as part of our commitment to investing across the UK.

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.


Main Responsibilities

As a Software Engineer in Test, you are expected to have extensive knowledge of both QA and development methodologies, processes, and best practices.  Working within an Agile development team, you will be expected to define quality assurance process adoption, be heavily involved in the wider quality engineering community.  You will work to refine software requirements and specifications to reduce ambiguity and ensure testability.

This role is a core member of the product development team, typically responsible for:

  • • Shape, design and implement automation frameworks and CI/CD pipelines.
  • • Liaising with other members of the product development team, as well as other departments within the business (e.g. customer support), to investigate, validate newly reported issues.
  • • Working with the engineering team to identify root cause when bugs are identified through the capturing logs and documenting reproducible steps.
  • • Plan, define and implement RESTful API tests by pairing with Software Engineers.
  • • Experience building frameworks with: AWS, Rest-Assured, Cucumber and Gatling.
  • • Ensuring best practice and maintaining high quality releases into production on a frequent basis.
  • • Participate in the team’s delivery processes using Agile.
  • • Proactively look for new methods or solutions where appropriate.

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.


Are You The Right Candidate?

The choice of tools, technologies and approaches will be wide and varied and you'll have a chance to influence the direction of automated testing.

  • • Languages: TypeScript, JavaScript, Java, Python
  • • Cloud: AWS (S3, EC2, SQS, Lambda, ElasticSearch/OpenSearch, etc)
  • • Deployment: Jenkins, Codebuild, CodePipeline. 
  • • Data Visualisation: Grafana
  • • Testing: TDD, BDD, end-to-end, load testing 
  • • Database: DynamoDB, Redis
  • • Stream-Processing: Apache Airflow, Beam, Kafka, Flink 
  • ML/AI: AWS SageMaker
  • • Techniques: DevOps, infrastructure, CI/CD

In a nutshell, we seek a someone who champions inclusivity, nurtures talent, and upholds the BBC's values, all while driving technical excellence. If this sounds like your cup of tea, we'd love to hear from you.




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.