BBC - Senior Software Engineer, Android (Mobile) - BBC News App

Job Introduction

The BBC News App is one of the most well-known and actively used apps in the UK. The UK app alone has a regular audience of over 3 million daily active users. In addition to our UK app we also create and manage BBC News apps for Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, and Welsh language users, with more to follow.

Joining the BBC News App team is a unique opportunity to work with us on a product that is globally recognisable, has a very high public profile and enjoys levels of reach and engagement to millions that other apps can only dream about.

We're based in the centre of London in Broadcasting House, a brand new building which provides a great working environment and houses the largest News Room in Europe.

You will be working right next to presenters and producers, giving you direct feedback from users

You will be excited and enthused by the opportunity to working with new and emerging technologies and practices to help maintain BBC News as the market leader.

Role Responsibility

We’re looking for an experienced engineer to join the team and help us take our apps even further developing new user experiences for our UK and global audience.

Recent work includes a new experience around portrait video for phones; new apps for worldwide BBC audiences (including right-to-left languages); and the introduction of multivariant testing to aid product decisions. Additionally we’re working hard to make the app more intelligent and personal, and to deliver great user experiences around that theme.

We like our team to feel ownership over the apps, and to collaborate across our in-house Product, UX, QA, and back-end teams. We encourage input and engagement to help influence and improve the app experience for all our users. Having a team approach is important to us, and we want new members to share this ethos.

We use an Agile process and aren’t afraid to adapt and change to fit what works best for us as a team. Software design is important to us, as is the ability to find solutions that can allow us to move quickly whilst keeping things scalable and maintainable. We like to continually improve our code and encourage refactoring where it makes sense.

The BBC has a very large developer community which you will be able to tap into offering a wealth of knowledge and experience of an organisation serving a global audience. You will also have opportunity to engage with fellow mobile app engineers across the other BBC apps (Weather, Sport, iPlayer, iPlayer Radio) that provides engineers with a rich knowledge sharing environment.

Learning is an important part of the role, and as a team member you’ll have access to BBC Academy training programmes, the opportunity to attend technology conferences, and other reasonable resources you find necessary to progress as an engineer. Discussion of new ideas and practices is encouraged.

The Ideal Candidate

Your Role And Experience

As a Senior Engineer you will be involved with all aspects of the software development lifecycle and be an important member of the team in formulating, influencing and articulating on all technical matters relating to the team. You will have skills to be able pair, coach and mentor other team members and be active in promoting best practices within a software development discipline.

You will be able to pick up and participate on large-scale, mission critical pieces of work that will require close collaboration with colleagues both in the team and across the wider BBC technical community.

Specifically for Android, knowledge of the following areas is required

  • Java
  • Android SDK
  • Android Support Library
  • JUnit
  • Gradle

General Skills We’re Looking For Include

  • Knowledge of common design patterns
  • Unit testing and TDD/BDD
  • Working in a team environment
  • Source control systems
  • App store environments and processes
  • Collaboration with third-party providers
  • Understanding of best-practice UX for your native platform, as well as an understanding of others
  • Measuring how users engage with our apps
  • Knowledge of consuming HTTP based services, their optimisation and performance
  • Use of Continuous Integration
  • Accessibility and Localisation
  • Understand implications of change on a large active user base

If you decide to apply – and we hope that you will – you’ll find a box asking you to describe how you meet the requirements of this role. We’re more than happy for you to do so, but if you can then we’ll love for you to tell us more about yourself in a more natural way than a CV might allow. What areas of technology interest you? What parts of what you’ve worked on in the past most got you going? Maybe you have some interesting problems that you’ve solved that you’d like to tell us about. Or leave the box blank, if you prefer.

Package Description

G8 (proposed band D)


London W1

About The Company

BBC Design + Engineering

D+E offers a wide range of stretching, creative and impactful careers for talented people. We are the team that’s building the future of the BBC, whilst delivering TV, radio and online services to millions of people worldwide every day.

As well as being the people behind iPlayer and the News, Sports and Children’s services, we develop, support and maintain the systems and infrastructure that keeps the BBC on air and are responsible for the biggest British-run digital service in the world. In D+E, you’ll be working on unique challenges, hand in hand with the best creative minds in the UK and alongside one of the world's leading production and distribution companies (BBC Studios).

We offer challenging work but with the time to think and do things right. We uphold a 100 year history of invention and innovation in the BBC by welcoming and developing people of all backgrounds.

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.