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Full Stack Developer - React

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

CBC/Radio-Canada’s Web Platform team oversees the platform and code libraries that facilitate 2.5 million hours of content stemming from 32 different French and English video and 130 audio channels to millions of Canadians. We are looking for a Full Stack Developer-React to join the team that is relied upon and interacts with every part of CBC/Radio-Canada. 

This is an opportunity to be part of a team that is responsible for the platform that feeds the presentation layer, organizing and analyzing data relevant to our content. This ever-evolving platform, that sits behind the presentation layer, is being built and expanded to be versatile, reusable and stable with the goal of rolling it out to presentation systems across all CBC web properties to provide an access point for our content in a standardized way. 

This is a chance to take on the unique challenges the sheer volume of our web traffic presents. A chance to use new and continuously changing technologies. It’s an opportunity to be part of a collaborative team engaged in continuous learning and evolving their skills; a fun team that shares technical, informational and pop-culture knowledge.

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 a Front End or Backend developer looking to move into a Full Stack role. Or, you may be working as a Full Stack Developer already. Either way, you are looking for an opportunity to join a company with a mission, value set and tech-forward approach that align with your own.

You bring a depth of skills and a willingness to be part of the knowledge sharing atmosphere here. Your technology skills are top notch with a focus on React and you pick up new tools quickly. You are adaptable and willing to jump into different areas, features, products - wherever you are needed, you are happy to contribute. Whether you are currently working in a startup, corporate 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.

We work with a diverse set of technologies, languages, frameworks; but to us, grasp-of-concept is what matters. Your unique skill-set will only enhance ours.

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. The Web Platform team is devoted to JavaScript and we use a variety of stacks (Node.js, React, 3rd party libraries). We built the new CBC platform and we are undertaking the task to enhance its appeal to content creators within the organization. This platform will continuously evolve and improve iteration by iteration as we respond to the audience and business needs. 
  • Belonging. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining us, 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. You will be part of a group that operates similar to an R&D team, building out a hypothesis and testing functionality of features. This is a flexible and open environment where we are always developing new standards and different ways of working.
  • 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.

What you bring:

  • A well-rounded combination of education and experience. A university degree with a technology focus is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their programming skills this way. You have some experience working on a public-facing product. 

  • The hands-on expertise. You have hands-on professional experience developing web-based applications using JavaScript, React/Redux, Sass or some other CSS framework. You have written unit tests and are familiar with the Jest testing platform. You are comfortable using Node, Webpack and Git.

  • The passion. You have a passion for information and technology and you are enthusiastic about the opportunity to link the two pieces together. You are more interested in working on maintaining and improving a stable platform over front-end page styling.

  • The communication skills. You know how to listen and relay empathy and understanding for diverse perspectives.

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, an excellent benefits package and a pension plan noted as one of the best in the country; 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. 

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.

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