Software Engineer BBC World Service (React, NodeJS)


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Job Introduction

Working for BBC Digital Products within an AV team for the World Service

 This is an opportunity to join a brand new web development team in the BBC’s Digital Products department, as it works to get BBC World Service TV and Radio content to users around the world – in 40 languages in addition to English.

People around the world are swapping radios for mobile phones and digital devices at a startling rate, and we need you to help the BBC understand how to meet this challenge so the free, fair and balanced journalism our World Service journalists create continues to be heard.


Developing a digital product and/or products which users will use to access content via mobile devices, in places where data is expensive and connectivity are big challenges will become second nature to you in this role – it’s a great opportunity to learn.


Join us and help to make BBC journalism the most trusted and respected in the world.

Role Responsibility

We are looking for a software engineer who is enthusiastic about online journalism to join our team to help build front-end experiences and write server-side code for the BBC News websites. You will be working in a multi-disciplinary team alongside product owners, editors, producers, designers and testers within an agile environment.


  • Develop effective software that meets given specifications
  • Write appropriate tests using automated test driven techniques for ensure code quality
  • Integrate the software with monitoring and support tools
  • Support system integration in its operating environment
  • Write and review technical documentation
  • Help to troubleshoot and resolve issues throughout the product life cycle
  • Participate in the team's agile planning and delivery process
  • Effectively participate in the teams software development methodologies, such as pairing, code and documentation reviewing and continuous delivery
  • Learn new technologies and keep abreast of existing technologies

Are you the right candidate?


  • More than 1 year experience writing and maintaining robust production software
  • Competence in one or more mainstream development languages and frameworks

  • Competence with one or more mainstream development and deployment tool chains (IDE, SCCS, CI)

  • Experience of database design and use in software applications

  • Knowledge of the web architecture and key technologies (HTTP, DNS, distributed design)

  • Competence in test driven development

  • Competence in developing for operational concerns (monitoring integration, performance testing, security considerations)

  • Experience of project working and professional software development processes, including agile processes


  • Worked in an enterprise 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 code school training equivalent

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: Permanent
Location: 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.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • 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 BBC

We don’t 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 you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click">here


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