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Sunday, 10 January 2021

BBC World Service Recruitment for Software Engineer (Web Developer)

Company Description:

The BBC is an international multimedia broadcaster on radio, TV, online and social networks with a weekly global audience of 320 million. As part of an historic multi-million pound expansion of BBC Africa, the BBC World Service is introducing a wide range of new and exciting language and regional content to serve African and global audiences.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Software Engineer (Web Developer)

Job Reference: BBC/TP/653414/51628
Location: Lagos Hub
Job family: Technical Systems & Delivery
Grade: Local terms and conditions
Department: (Africa) Hub
Reports to: Senior Broadcast Journalist Digital, (Nairobi) Hub
Contract Type: Fixed term
Business Unit: News - W2020 Africa
Job Category: Technology, Systems & Delivery

Job Purpose

  • Responsible for implementing effective software and tools for given designs.

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities

  • 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.

Knowledge, Skills, Training and Experience

  • Demonstrable 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 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.


  • 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 equivalent.

Job Impact
Decision Making:

  • Reports to Principal Software Engineer or Software Engineering Manager
  • Tasks are allocated to the job holder by the team lead
  • Undertakes tasks independently
  • Independently writes tests to check quality of code
  • Assesses feedback from reviews and incorporates as appropriate
  • Troubleshoots independently or with the support of others where necessary
  • Contributes to the teams iterative and collaborative design and implementation decisions.


  • Finance: No financial responsibility
  • Line Management: No line management responsibility
  • Ad-hoc Teams: Participates in departmental hack days and external ad-hoc events (typically 5 to 20 members)

Additional Job-specific Responsibilities and Accountabilities
Key Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team and to proactively shepherd new features to live.
  • To write world class HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • To write server side code (mainly NodeJS, experience of Ruby/PHP desired)
  • To work to current good software development practices.
  • To write unit and integration tests using automated test frameworks.
  • To work well in a team context according to the team’s shared practices.

Essential Attributes:

  • Excellent front-end web development skills:
    • HTML. Semantic markup patterns for flexible reuse and accessibility.
    • CSS. Good understanding of modern techniques such as Responsive Web Design, recent CSS advances such as flexbox but also supporting legacy browsers.
    • JAVASCRIPT. Excellent JavaScript programming skills, with knowledge of developing large, modular applications. Ability to write in ES6, and an appreciation of backwards-compatible / cross-browser JavaScript.
    • BUILDING ROBUST EXPERIENCES. Using progressive enhancement and mobile first approaches to create experiences that work everywhere and for everyone.
  • Accessibility - support all browsers with core content, ensure compliance with screen readers, in accordance with WAI standards, etc
  • Great understanding of UX concerns. We want smart devs who can provide valuable feedback to designers to improve wireframes and designs.
  • Ability to create production ready code with tests in one of: PHP, Ruby, Python or NodeJS (training will be provided if you don’t know PHP or NodeJS).
  • Understanding of Service Oriented Architectures and consuming RESTful web services via HTTP.
  • Experience of working in an agile or collaborative way.
  • Familiarity in using GitHub workflows
  • A level of familiarity with AWS or similar Cloud Infrastructure and associated tooling.

A Big Plus Would Be:

  • An enthusiasm for News.
  • Healthy interest in emerging platform level technologies – queues, microservices, caches etc.
  • Understanding of CI, experience with using a CI system (Hudson, Jenkins).
  • Knowledge of strategies to improve performance (HTTP caching, language best practices).

Application Closing Date
24th January, 2021.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Click here for more information (PDF)

Note: There may be sub-sets of the generic job described above which require additional technical skills. This appendix to the generic job description can be developed to cover such situations.


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