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    The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom, headquartered at Broadcasting House in London.
    It is the world’s oldest national broadcasting organisation[3] and the second largest broadcaster in the world by number of employees, with over 20,000 staff in total, of which 16,672 are in public sector broad…


    Software Engineer (Web Developer)

    • Job Type Full Time
    • Qualification BA/BSc/HND
    • Experience
    • Location Lagos
    • Job Field ICT / Computer&nbsp

    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 d 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).


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    Note: 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.

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