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Mobile Software Engineer - Newcastle (iOS & Android) (13939)

Newcastle, South Africa

Package Description


Band: C (mid-level) & D (senior)
Contract type: continuing
Location: Newcastle (hybrid working)


Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

•    An employer pension contribution of up to 10%
•    25 days’ annual leave (based on full time hours) + bank holidays and the option to buy/sell additional days
•    Contributory lifestyle benefit options including discounts at hundreds of retailers, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym memberships and healthcare schemes 
•    Employee assistance and well-being programmes
•    Learning and development tailored to your role this could include industry recognised qualifications, coaching and mentoring
•    An inclusive and diverse environment with opportunities to join staff networks including: Women’s Network, National Disability Networks and many more

Family friendly flexible working arrangements, such as hybrid working, job sharing, flexi-time and compressed hours can be requested.

We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and especially welcome individuals from underrepresented groups.


If you require any reasonable adjustments at any time, please let us know by contacting us on [email protected].

Job Introduction


Step into the world of the BBC, one of the UK's most iconic and beloved brands, where every working day is as unique as it is rewarding.  Every tick of the clock, our content reaches millions of people globally, which is made possible by our top-notch Software Engineering team.  They've been instrumental in pioneering innovative products and unique features that have firmly positioned us at the forefront of our industry.  We don't merely adapt to an ever-changing world - we set the pace.


We are growing our engineering hub of excellence and looking for mid-level and senior software engineers with mobile experience (iOS and Android) to join our team in Newcastle.


We offer a warm welcome with full support settling in and foster a culture where everyone has an opportunity to succeed.  We're deeply proud of our values, which are intrinsic to the way we behave every day.  We take them seriously because we want our culture to thrive.  We want people to really enjoy working with us and get a buzz from knowing that what they are doing is making a difference and enhancing people's lives.


Our engineers receive 10% development time built into the 35 hour working week.  We want to give you the time and space to stay fresh in the ever-changing technology landscape.


Come work on fantastically high-scale systems with us!

Main Responsibilities


Software engineers at the BBC are more than just programmers – we’re people who are builders, designers, and problem solvers at heart, people with a passion to make things better for our audiences.  You will help innovate and design new features and products, work with the team to build them, and support and grow them after they’re live.

As a developer in our team, you will ensure high quality code is delivered in line with project goals and delivery cycles.  You will thrive using agile methods and enjoy working collaboratively and as part of a multidisciplinary team focused on several projects.


Working in our mobile applications team, you will contribute to the design, development and maintenance of high-performance features using the latest mobile technologies.  You will use your software engineering skills and experience to build features, solve bugs, address technical deb.  You will also bring a strategic lens to team operating processes and tooling to improve how we work and ultimately deliver valuable, high quality software to our users.


Pairing on all aspects of the development process, you will deliver secure, reliable and scalable software within your team.


There’s a lot of scope for widening your skills in this role because it allows you to move into different areas, cover lots of ground and really broaden your understanding of how the business works.  When you want to take the next step up, we'll support your progression. 


Some practices we like: 


•    Pair-programming.  We like knowledge sharing and learning from one another
•    Shipping great products, not just writing superb code
•    Hybrid work environment.  We balance working from home with in-person collaboration.
•    Global view.  We work with peers in different geo-locations
•    Mentoring and coaching.  We care about each other
•    Tapping into our creativity and learning.  You get 10% development time every week to invest in your own learning and development
•    Continuous deployment
•    Working in an Agile environment with strong attention to a well-documented code, unit testing and continuous integration
•    Pragmatism and obsession for simplicity, efficiency and performance

Are you the right candidate?


We’re looking for mobile software engineers who are passionate about code, curious and eager to learn in a team of engineering excellence.

Some of the things we love:


•    Experience of cross-platform mobile development skills for iOS and / or Android (Swift, Kotlin, Java, React Native)
•    Experience with source control
•    Experience with the end-to-end software development lifecycle (SDLC), including requirements gathering, design, development, testing, deployment and maintenance
•    App signing and deployment knowledge
•    Knowledge of writing automated tests and taking a TDD approach to your work
•    An aspiration for engineering excellence, using knowledge sharing to learn from each other


The selection process:


We run virtual assessment centres on Thursday mornings for shortlisted candidates.  There are two elements:


1) Live pair programming exercise with two of our software engineers which you get in advance of your assessment centre date

2) Blended interview questions with two of our software engineers


We give you the pair programming test in advance to allow you to practice and prepare for the live exercise.  We also give you insight into in the interview questions to help with your preparation.

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