Principal Android Engineer

Posted on Apr 16, 2019 by Robert Walters Technology - BBC

Lancashire, Lancashire United Kingdom
Information Technology
Immediate Start
Annual Salary

The BBC has partnered with Robert Walters, looking to recruit a Principal Android Engineer to join the Children's team based in MediaCityUK.

The BBC's Children's team deliver amazing digital experiences that inform, educate, entertain and inspire the nation's children.

We provide some of the UK's most popular websites and apps, which bring to life the globally renowned CBeebies and CBBC brands.

Our apps are some of the most popular apps for kids and are consistently in the top 5 of their categories in the app stores (see links below for examples).

Based in Bridge House at MediaCityUK, we work in a relaxed, collaborative environment, organised in cross-functional, agile teams. We're focussed on creating world-class experiences for our young audience.

Role Responsibility

As a Principal Engineer, you will help architect, design, develop, deploy and operate apps that are used by millions of users. you'll be contributing hands on in a team, while leading technical projects as part of a cross-functional agile team(s). We are looking for someone who can drive development and delivery, build sound architecture and foster best practices in mobile while mentoring other engineers to grow.

We don't expect anyone to have experience of all the below, this just gives an example of the technologies and practices we value:

  • Drive best engineering practices within your team(s), define and teach practices such as CI/CD, TDD, cloud architectures and pair/mob programming.
  • Work hands on in a team.
  • Contribute to the vision and long-term strategy in your domain of expertise.
  • Be a department-level expert in a particular area or go-to person for solving problems in your domain of expertise.
  • Mentor other engineers.
  • Be part of the BBC-wide mobile developer community driving and influencing our key engineering decisions across the company.

Are you the right candidate?

We'd love to talk to you if you:

  • Have several years of working experience as a Software Engineer in Java or Kotlin on Android projects.
  • Have led technical projects.
  • Have extensive experience working hands-on as a Software Engineer in an agile environment.
  • Can gain a deep understanding of the product and business goals, which you can translate into a technical solution.
  • Have experience in mentoring and supporting peers and engineering teams, fostering best engineering practises.
  • Actively invest in your technical skills and leadership abilities.
  • Have a deep understanding of system design, data structures and algorithms and understand how to apply them to design pragmatic solutions.
  • Take initiative in building and shipping high quality code.
  • Have experience in identifying, debugging and resolving complex production issues.

Package Description

We're happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression - the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious software engineers to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied products.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities - our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • A vibrant digital community - we have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide generous opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.
  • A variety of technical challenges - we work across a wide range of platforms, languages and technologies; from the latest frameworks and open standards, to the newest devices and modern cloud platforms.
  • Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35 hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Jonathan Basnett at (see below) .

Reference: 694253512

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