Software Engineer


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

Job Reference: 15339

Band: C

Salary range: £42,000 - £52,000 depending on relevant skills, knowledge and experience. The expected salary range for this role reflects internal benchmarking and external market insights.

Contract type: Permanent

Location: BBC Salford Dock House

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

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.

The Machine Learning Enablement team provides capabilities, tools, and advice to ensure best practices are followed and enables effective use of machine learning technologies that helps teams across the business build, collaborate on, manage, and maintain their machine learning platforms.

We are looking for software engineers to work within the team to build and maintain machine learning infrastructure.

As an engineer in our team, you can spend 10% time of your time learning new skills, playing with new technology and developing yourself, because we understand the need to stay up to date and fresh in a constantly changing technical landscape.

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.


Interview process

•    Online technical test – approx. one hour

•    Virtual interview – approx. one hour of technical and values-based questions

Main responsibilities

As a Software Engineer within the Machine Learning Enablement team, you will have a role in be at the forefront of crafting tools that enhance and support cutting-edge ML workflows.

In this role, you will collaborate closely with fellow engineers, engaging in pair programming to foster knowledge sharing and ensure robust software development. You'll play a critical role in monitoring and refining new functionalities, continuously propelling our technology forward. Working alongside our dedicated product and delivery managers, you'll tackle complex user issues, contribute to the planning stages of projects, and advise on the technical intricacies of proposed work. Also, you are expected to uphold the highest standards of software quality, overseeing the planning and execution of detailed tests.

We encourage a culture of continuous learning; you will have the opportunity to explore and integrate new technologies, applying your discoveries to drive innovation within our projects.

This role presents a unique opportunity to learn new technologies and apply your knowledge to make a tangible impact on our projects. If you're ready to take on a challenge and make a difference, we would love to hear from you!

Are you the right candidate

You don’t need you to be an expert in all these areas, only some of them. If you have a base understanding of the areas and their underlying principles, you will shine. So don’t feel that you can’t apply if you don’t have all these skills. After all, you’ll work with and be mentored by a friendly development team, and the BBC will provide many opportunities for learning as you progress.

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

Here is the list:

•    Experience of modern Python development software engineering best practices

•    Knowledge of software development principles, design patterns and best practices

•    Experience with AWS services such as SageMaker, S3, EC2, VPC, Lambda, Redshift

•    Experience in MLOps to design, develop, and maintain scalable machine learning infrastructure and deployment pipelines

•    Test Driven Development and testing practices.

•    Knowledge of infrastructure-as-code tools (CDK, CloudFormation)

•    Knowledge of feature engineering, data pre-processing, data pipelines

•    Familiarity with containerisation technologies (Docker) and orchestration (Kubernetes)

•    Familiarity with Machine Learning techniques and frameworks

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 behaviours here.

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 click here.

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
  • +9 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Python
  • AWS
  • MLOps
  • Test Driven Development
  • Infrastructure-as-code
  • Feature engineering
  • Data pipelines
  • Containerisation
  • Orchestration
  • Machine Learning

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