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Senior Web Developer - Web Experience Team

CBC Digital Products is the country’s biggest digital startup, taking on the challenges of innovating how media is made, sent and received. We are also part of Canada’s oldest and truest broadcasting company. We are trying new things. We are growing. As an entity of our own. As a voice for our country. As a team. 

Digital is a part of our present and all of our future. CBC’s strategy is focused on becoming a digital-first organization that provides a digital platform for storytellers. Our mission is to engage our audience with stories they care about.

The opportunity

If you want to enter the world of CBC Digital Products and be part of the change and growth of one of Canada’s long-established and respected broadcasters, this is your chance. We are looking for a Fullstack Developer to work with the Web Experience team.

This is an 18 months contract opportunity for a Fullstack Developer with expertise using the React framework who wants to be part of an Agile team that tackles the unique challenges presented by the diverse and expansive nature of our audience. This is a chance to create easily discoverable, engaging, and accessible online experiences across our digital offerings for sites such as CBC News, CBC Sports, Life, Arts, Comedy, and Radio. This can also include large scale events such as the Olympics and Federal Elections. Informed by our mission, our product strategy and our commitment is to be highly accountable to our audience.

This is a unique chance for a Fullstack Developer, who wants to be part of building an engaging experience for over 18 million Canadians, growing the way they think about their software design; expanding their skills across the full SDLC including automation testing; and, learning from purposeful failure in a lean, Agile environment. 

We welcome people who are strong collaborators and feel they can contribute in non-traditional ways. If you're passionate about Canada and you love technology, learning and bringing out the best in others, you’ll love working at CBC.

Who you are and where are you now?

You are an experienced Web Developer with in-depth knowledge of JavaScript and React, looking to apply and build upon your skills, creating end-to-end user-facing products with an emphasis on discoverability, engagement, and personalization on our prominent sites such as CBC’s News, Sports, and Olympics. You understand the importance of accessibility and know what it takes to meet the needs of all users. You are looking for an opportunity to join a company with a mission, value set, and tech-forward approach that aligns with your own; a place where knowledge-sharing guides your learning.

Whether you are currently working in a startup, the corporate world or somewhere in between, you want to be part of a fun team, engaged in a continuous learning culture, where you can take on new challenges and be a significant contributor to engaging our national audience.

What’s in it for you?

Cutting edge tech: CBC has more than 25 digital sites, all of which are mandated to reach Canadians online everywhere and every way, with a high emphasis on mobile devices. To achieve that goal, with no downtime, takes a robust infrastructure, powerful technologies, reliable solutions, and rewarding work. You will face exciting technical challenges as we are continuously evolving and introducing new features.

Belonging: CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining our dynamic Digital Products team, you will be exposed to the best of all worlds. Corporate. Public. Startup. You will be part of a team that embraces diversity and at its core, truly cares about the country and the world; a genuinely close-knit, fun and collaborative team that believes in supporting the work of its members. 

Career growth: CBC is fully invested in our people. Whatever it is you want to pursue whether it’s a new programming language or a technical solution, whether it’s expanding your Agile knowledge or building an audience-facing platform. We will provide you with the time, resources, and championing that you need to keep your career here rewarding. Members of our team have grown into Senior Developers; Architects, Agile Team Leads or Product Owners.

Why join us? 

CBC/Radio-Canada reflects the Canadian identity and promotes democracy. We strive to represent the voices of the country and support social and economic innovation. Our values - collaboration, learning and continuous improvement - embody who we are as a people-focused, digital-forward employer. We offer a rare-in-tech work-life balance with flexible schedules; we want to ensure you are happy in and out of the office. 

Collaboration. We follow lean startup principles and use an Agile approach. Our dedicated people managers work closely with every individual to ensure we are leveraging their strengths, championing their ideas and supporting their pursuit of new skills and career progression. 

Learning. From simply buying a book or recommending a course to one-on-ones, our leadership team is focused on creating an atmosphere where people feel fulfilled. Our team members are given opportunities to learn and work cross-functionally across multiple projects. 

Continuous improvement. What can you innovate in 8 hours a week? Our Digital department at CBC recognizes just how smart, creative and inventive our team members are. From prototyping new UI/UX to setting up dev environments to experiment on and learning new programming languages to creating improved search functions for our media. Wherever your interests lie, your 20% time is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way. 

What you bring: 

  • The education: A Computer Science, Engineering, Math degree or equivalent is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their programming skills this way. You have the knowledge and understanding of software development and testing best - and latest - practices.
  • The hands-on expertise. You have hands-on professional experience developing large complex web-based applications. You have expertise:
    • Using JavaScript and React
    • Understanding of the entire application flow, from the data layer to the UI.
    • Integrating API endpoints.
    • Bonus points for exposure to: 
      • Writing code accompanied by unit tests sufficient to ensure code coverage.
      • Test-driven development.
      • Using automation frameworks such as Selenium and tracking tools such as Atlassian JIRA.
  • The desire to learn. You can quickly learn new technologies and respond to change by learning and adapting. 
  • The communication skills. You know how to listen and relay empathy and understanding for diverse perspectives. Your powers of observation help you understand your audience and communicate with the right level of detail.
  • The collaborative Agile experience. You thrive in a team-focused environment. You believe in the Agile methodology deeply, but you are flexible and open to the real world twists and turns. You are comfortable with iterative and incremental development.

To apply:

Think this job is meant for you but worried you don’t have it all? At CBC we know that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. You can read about the various backgrounds the talented people that make up our team bring to us here.

Hands-on experience, intelligence, innovation, a passion for learning and a team-focused approach can combine to form the best set of qualifications. If you feel you meet all or most of the qualifications we are seeking; and you are excited by the possibility of growing our company, take a chance and express your interest here.

In becoming the leader in expressing Canadian culture and enriching democratic life, we need to be as diverse in every way as the country we serve, both within our workforce and on air. As an employer, we value equal opportunity and nurture an inclusive workplace where our individual differences are not only recognized and valued, but also extend to and pervade all the services we provide as Canada's public broadcaster. 

CBC/Radio-Canada is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations, if required, and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please contact us.

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