Senior Tester - BBC News @ BBC - London

Job Overview

2 months ago

Senior Tester - BBC News

BBC - London

Job Introduction

We are looking for a curious and creative person to collaborate with developers in order to ensure that quality is at the forefront of everything we do. We encourage new ideas and are not afraid to try something out - when we fail; we learn from it, try again and move forward. Our approach and team culture is important to us, and we want new team members to share this ethos.

We use an agile process to deliver value to our users and we aren’t afraid to adapt and change to fit what works best for us. We encourage innovation in our approach to problem solving - whether that is the use of a new technology to create a bespoke test framework or introducing a pragmatic way of working that improves efficiency. We are seeking an individual who is confident to speak out . You’ll have the opportunity to engage with test engineers across the BBC and tap into the wealth of knowledge and experience of an organisation serving a global audience. We are hoping for an individual who has understanding of or even experience in API testing, including some automation experience using Jest, Pact, Postman or similar, to work alongside the development team developing a "backend for front-end" layer for native apps on iOS and Android platforms. This backend layer is integral to help us iterate more quickly in building the news experiences of the future for our audience. Native apps testing experience is nice to have but not essential - we are happy to teach you that bit – but it will be a part of the job too.

Learning is an important part of the role, and as a team member you’ll have access to BBC Academy training programmes, the opportunity to attend technology conferences, and other resources which will help you to progress as a tester.

The day-to-day

Culture: In this role, you’ll be a quality expert embedded within a cross-disciplinary agile software delivery team. Every day you’ll collaborate with a wide range of people. This will include exploratory testing, pair programming with developers, reviewing wireframes with UX and many opportunities to work closely alongside Delivery and Product. We have an open and respectful culture where everyone’s opinions are valued. We believe that failure is an essential part of learning, and take collective responsibility for failure as well as success. You will have a real opportunity to make an impact on how and what we deliver.

Location: Until it’s completely safe to do so, we’re working 100% remote. After this time, we’ll begin to come to the office for collaboration days. The majority of the time, you’ll be able to choose whether to work at home or in the office - wherever you work best. Most of the team members you’ll work with are based in London; though some are also in Salford, Glasgow, Cardiff and elsewhere.

Tech: You'll get a Apple laptop, access to great collaboration software (such as Slack and Zoom), and, of course, a range of other tools and software to help you do your job effectively.

Growth: This is a flexible role, allowing you to shape it based on how you’d like to grow your skills and career. There are always plenty of opportunities to learn, take on new challenges, attend conferences, and so much more. We do not believe that your job title defines your contribution, and we encourage continuous improvement.


The BBC News, Weather and Learning English Apps team are looking for an experienced Senior Tester to assist in the delivery of exciting new features for our UK and global audiences. Joining this team is a unique opportunity to work with us on a product that is globally recognisable, has a very high public profile and enjoys levels of reach and engagement to millions that other apps can only dream about. Currently our News apps are available for UK and international English speaking audiences, as well as Arabic, Hindi, Russian, Spanish and Welsh language users.

Are you the right candidate:

The ideal candidate for this post, will be adept in the following areas:

  • Acting as part of a cross-functional sprint team, performing activities including manual ticket verification and exploratory testing.
  • Working with the wider apps test team to complete sprint activities including native apps testing
  • Pairing with developers to ensure we have a robust and well written suite of automated tests of various types
  • Collaborating on an automation test suite for our backend JavaScript systems for our apps
  • Advocating quality in everything we do.
About the BBC

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 in the document attached below.

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

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Flexible (London, Cardiff, Salford or Glasgow)

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 employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

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