Software Engineering Team Lead

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Type: permanent (Full-time)

Location: Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Software Engineering Team Lead

We collaborate in the office at least once or twice a week and do not offer 100% remote working. Please only apply for this role if you are able to commit to this location and arrangement.

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 teams. 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.

Marketing Technology will be a brand new multi-discipline team being put together to look at how the BBC can improve our Marketing workflows and user experiences across the BBC estate; there is potential for your work to impact iPlayer, Sounds, the BBC web estate and the BBC suite of apps. Some of the opportunities include working closely with partner teams to improve our understanding and application of user data and how we might introduce more relevant content via a more personalised service.

This team will have the ability to make a real difference, not only transforming how the BBC communicates new and important content to its audience but also being part of the exciting brand-new tech hub in Newcastle, which has been launched this year as part of our commitment to investing across the UK. You will be part of an inclusive culture that values diversity, rewards integrity, and merit, and where you will be empowered to fulfil your potential.

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.

Main Responsibilities & Experience

We're looking for a Software Engineering Team Lead, who will help to build and lead a brand new Engineering team at the BBC. You will need to be able to balance strong technical expertise with excellent people leadership in order to support your growing team on its journey towards identifying, shaping and implementing solutions to myriad problems in the Marketing space. Our dream candidate is:

  • Dedicated to building and nurturing a diverse engineering team.
  • Passionate about supporting, mentoring, and developing high-performing engineers through regular 1:1s, continuous feedback, and strong relationships.
  • Experienced or interested in both technical and people leadership; understands the ingredients to brew a culture of learning that's inclusive and inspiring.
  • Accountable for upholding technical methodologies and decision-making in line with the BBC's values.
  • Capable of working with and influencing a diverse array of stakeholders, both technical and non-technical.
  • Energised by the prospect of crafting beautiful products and adding that extra bit of sparkle.
  • Convinced that diverse thinking leads to better outcomes and ensures everyone's opinion is voiced.
  • Known for being a team player, always ready to roll up your sleeves to get the job done.
  • Dedicated to growing the Tech Hub, and eager to engage with the North-East tech community.

Our tech stack:

The teams have the autonomy to choose the appropriate tools. Below are some of the tools/ technologies we currently use across the BBC Engineering community:

  • Frontend: ReactJS, NextJS
  • Languages: TypeScript, JavaScript, Java, Python, SQL
  • Backend: ExpressJS, Node, Redis, Elasticsearch
  • Cloud: AWS (S3, EC2, SQS, Lambda etc)
  • Deployment: Jenkins, Codebuild, CodePipeline.
  • Data Visualisation: Grafana
  • Testing: Jest, Cypress, Cucumber, Rest-Assured, Postman, Gatling
  • Database: SQL (Postgres/ MySQL), MongoDB, Timestream, DynamoDB
  • Stream-Processing: Apache Kafka, Apache Flink

We create and support reliable and scalable cloud-based services on Amazon Web Services, use Git and GitHub for version control and practice pair programming and Test-Driven Development where possible.

In a nutshell, we seek a leader who champions inclusivity, nurtures talent, and upholds the BBC's values, all while driving technical excellence. If this sounds like your cup of tea, we'd love to hear from you.


Join us and experience the perks of not just having a job but growing in a career. We promise a dynamic, inclusive work environment full of opportunities and a benefits package that supports your well-being and lifestyle.

Your growth is our priority. Hence, we provide tailored learning and development programs designed around your role, encompassing industry recognized qualifications, coaching, and mentorship. You can spend 10% of your time on personal development.

Our benefits package is comprehensive and catered to support your personal and professional life:

  • Up to 10% employer pension contribution
  • Generous annual leave of 26 days (inclusive of a corporation day, based on your work pattern) + bank holidays, along with the chance to purchase an additional 5 days.
  • Lifestyle benefits offering discounts at a wide array of retailers, cycle-to-work scheme, gym memberships, and healthcare schemes at a lower cost.
  • Flexible working arrangements supporting family needs - be it hybrid working, job sharing, flexitime, or compressed hours.
  • Employee assistance and wellness programs to ensure your overall well-being. At the BBC, everyone's voice matters. We are home to diverse staff networks like Women's Network, National Disability Networks, and several others, nurturing an environment where everyone feels included.

We actively encourage applications from all walks of life and particularly welcome candidates from underrepresented groups. This full-time role also supports flexible working patterns and job shares.

Need reasonable adjustments during the application process? Don't hesitate to reach out. We're here to support you every step of the way.

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