Senior Software Engineer - BBC News

Job details
Posting date: 20 September 2019
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: Competitive
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 20 October 2019
Location: London, Cardiff, Salford, Glasgow or Remote (UK based), W1A 1AA
Company: BBC
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 43814

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The BBC News Web teams deliver impartial news to hundreds of millions of readers all over the world. Our main English language news website is visited as often as Twitter and we have 40 other non-English World Service news sites on top of this. We support a wide range of devices and care deeply about scale, performance, internationalisation and accessibility. We work in agile, flexible teams and have an exciting roadmap for future development.

We have multiple vacancies for Senior Software Engineers all with specialisms in full-stack JavaScript. For our roles we also give an excellent work-life balance and a range of benefits including a generous pension scheme.

We are a team who care deeply about diversity, opportunity (especially to learn) and strive to always support each other. We’re looking for senior engineers looking to work in our web focused teams. If you want to bring unbiased high-quality news to hundreds of millions more people, all around the world, and want to get involved in the colossal scaling, accessibility and availability efforts we’re putting into this, then join our mission to do so by applying now.

  • Write JavaScript (React) code on AWS infrastructure
  • Work across disciplines to build strong and scalable products for our audiences
  • 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 team’s 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 occasional and paid out of hours support for incident resolution
  • Participate in and lead as required, the team's agile planning and delivery process
  • Effectively participate in and help improve the team’s software development methodologies, such as pairing, code and documentation reviewing and continuous delivery
  • Work with project, product and technical leads to design software and create implementable specifications and tasks at feature and component level
  • Work with 3rd Party ("Indies") where necessary offering direction, support and documentation
  • Mentor and coach more junior staff. Provide technical leadership and direction to peers and colleagues.
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies and help introduce them where appropriate


  • A JavaScript specialist with extensive experience on React based projects
  • Production experience with at least some of these libraries: ReactJS, Redux, Styled Component/Emotion, Apollo, Jest and other React ecosystem libraries suitable for a complex web-app
  • Experience with node.js
  • HTML and CSS proficiency in a monolingual site, although knowledge of internationalisation would be ideal
  • Experience with AWS or similar cloud infrastructure and associated tooling.
  • Knowledge of strategies and best practices to improve performance.
  • HTTP, Caching, CDNs, TLS, core Internet protocols and technologies;
  • Participated in reviews and inspections of code (sat with a peer or someone more senior reviewing your code)


  • Worked in an enterprise environment on several projects (including experience in testing, design and release)
  • Defining and developing high-volume, horizontally scalable web architectures.
  • Engaged in the wider Web engineering community and passionate about best practices;
  • DevOps environments.
  • Production experience with an offline supporting PWA
  • Experience with a framework other than React (not necessarily JS)
  • Competence in test driven development (TDD) and/or behaviour driven development (BDD)Competence in developing for operational concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations)

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