Senior Software Engineer, Mobile Playback


Although we don't officially work a 4 day week, we offer very flexible working conditions. For example, you can request to compress your 35hr work week into 4 days. This should be discussed with your manager however.

  • Optional 4 day week (35hrs)
  • Hybird Remote, Salford

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Salford, UK ⚠️

Package Description

Band: D

Contract type: permanent

Location: Salford (Hybrid)

Salary: up to £70,000 pa

Our comprehensive benefits package includes:

  • An employer pension contribution of up to 10%
  • 26 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] with the job reference in the subject.

Job Introduction

Mobile Playback Engineering, part of Media Services, is an integral part of the BBC's digital-first strategy, delivering consistent user experiences and core functionality across the BBC's mobile estate.

As a Senior Software Engineer within Mobile Playback, you’ll be joining a team of engineers developing our Media Player components, the core playback engine of all video and audio content across the BBC online. The BBC is recognised throughout the world for the quality of the content that we produce and the programmes that we broadcast. We are looking for high calibre developers with a passion for technology to help us transform the experience for our audience when consuming media in the digital age.

The media components we build are right at the heart of the BBC’s best loved products including iPlayer, Sounds, News and Sport to name just a few. Whether you’re catching up on last night’s episode of EastEnders, listening to Radio 1 or jumping right into live sporting action, our media player provides a robust, reliable and consistent playback experience.


Main Responsibilities

As a Senior Engineer you will contribute to the development of features, fix bugs and issues, review code from others in the team and make a key contribution to the entire development lifecycle, from conception, discovery through development and delivery.

You will also take responsibility for the technical direction of features and provide support to more junior engineers.

We care about code quality and clean architecture. As a team we work on both Android and iOS platforms. For this particular role we are looking for an engineer with a strong background in Android with experience using Kotlin and Java.

  • You will be happy to discuss technical details with the rest of the engineering team, contributing to discussions and communicating your own ideas.
  • You will also have opportunities to grow and specialise. We want you to be passionate about the future of technology in broadcasting, and the impact you can have.
  • You will need a desire to keep learning and growing, with support from crossteam groups, meet-ups, and chapters focussed on topics such as Android and iOS development, accessibility, security, development practices, continuous delivery, and many other areas of interest.
  • We are looking for an experienced engineer who is excited by, and keen to pursue a career working with mobile software components.
  • You will care about quality code, love collaboration, experimentation and are a confident communicator.
  • You will be interested in mastering your test driven development approach to produce systems isolated from framework dependencies.

Are you the right candidate?


  • Commercial mobile development experience in Android.
  • A solid grounding of object orientated programming techniques and a good
  • understanding of software design patterns.
  • A good understanding of OOP, analysis and decoupled design.
  • Demonstrable Test Driven Development
  • A track record of producing maintainable code within collaborative environments
  • Ability to rapidly acquire new software skills and to work with new technologies
  • Experience of managing code in source control systems such as Github
  • Experience using build tools such as Gradle


  • An ability to understand and translate business requirements into technical
  • solutions.
  • Experience of using continuous integration tools like Github Actions
  • Experience of working with bug tracking tools (eg. Jira) and wikis (eg.
  • Confluence)
  • API development and management
  • Mobile development experience in iOS (Swift/Objective-C)


  • Experience developing media players for mobile platforms.
  • Experience of media streaming protocols and standards (eg. HLS, MPEG DASH).
  • Deep understanding of app architecture Android or iOS and design idioms
  • Web services integration (REST, JSON) in a mobile environment
  • Experience working in agile teams.
  • Experience of pair programming.
  • Experience developing for memory constrained devices.
  • Linux administration, shell scripting
  • Experience of Amazon Web Services
  • Building and managing Jenkins Pipelines

About the BBC

The BBC is committed to redeploying employees seeking suitable alternative employment within the BBC for different reasons and they will be given priority consideration ahead of other applicants.  Priority consideration means for those employees seeking redeployment their application will be considered alongside anyone else at risk of redundancy, prior to any individuals being considered who are not at risk.

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 behaviourshere.

Diversity matters at the BBC.  We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles.  The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief.  We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please clickhere.

Leading public service broadcaster delivering content across TV, radio, and online platforms.

Working Week

Although we don't officially work a 4 day week, we offer very flexible working conditions. For example, you can request to compress your 35hr work week into 4 days. This should be discussed with your manager however.

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 34 days PTO, which includes 26 days annual leave plus bank holidays, with the option to buy or sell additional days

  • 34 days
  • 52 Fridays
  • 86 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

Many of our staff work hybrid remotely.

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Equipment allowance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 22k across 19 departments:

  • business development
  • engineering
  • media and commmunication
  • arts and design
  • operations
  • human resources
  • marketing
  • information technology
  • finance
  • education
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Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Android
  • Kotlin
  • Java
  • Test Driven Development
  • Object Orientated Programming
  • Software Design Patterns
  • Source Control Systems
  • Build Tools
  • Code Quality
  • Technical Direction

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