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Video Streaming Backend Developer

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 digital media and be part of the change, this is your chance. CBC Digital Products is looking for an Audio-Video Developer to join our AV Platform team as a Video Streaming Backend Developer. Someone to drive the integration of our Digital Audio/Video Systems that deliver on-demand and live audio and video content to millions of Canadians. It is a highly collaborative, high exposure role.

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 Backend Developer working with large enterprise systems and developing applications to support the distribution of live and on-demand audio and video content. You are looking for an opportunity to spearhead both new development and the integration of critical delivery systems for streamlining live Audio/Video workflows; middleware custom tools using various APIs; and more.

What’s in it for you?

  • Cutting edge tech. You will provide technical expertise for online digital Audio/Video systems building, implementing and integrating multiple complex systems to ensure the successful delivery of A/V content. You will gain hands-on experience with complex systems and architectures to deliver content on an incredible scale, in the most efficient way possible.
  • Belonging. You will collaborate with our passionate and dedicated internal groups. You will work closely with Engineering, Media Presentation (Broadcasting), IT, Content Producers, Revenue, etc. to achieve integration. You want to make an impact bringing forward new tools and ideas that will meet the demand of a national audience and support the internal stakeholders’ need to digitally deliver as much content as we can efficiently.
  • Career growth. You will deepen your skills as you innovate solutions to the unique challenges we face as we strive to deliver content to millions of Canadians across the country. You will work on projects supporting content streaming for provincial and Federal Elections; national awards shows and major events such as the Olympics. You will be given the opportunity to further develop through internal and external learning opportunities.

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 and an excellent benefits package. 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 degree or equivalent is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their programming skills this way.
  • The direct experience. You have three years experience in software development (Java, Python, PHP). You have a proven track record of working with complex enterprise systems.
  • The desire to learn. You have a keen interest in AI, Machine Learning, Product Intelligence. You can quickly pick up new tools and technologies including Video CMS such as the Platform or Brightcove; Google Advertising Platform (DFP) or Freewheel.
  • The exceptional collaborative skills. You are a team player. You enjoy working closely innovating solutions and solving problems within and across teams.
  • The interest in growing your existing A/V technical knowledge. You have a passion for the technologies and workflows relating to online A/V presentation:
    • Akamai or other CDN media delivery.
    • Video Streaming Delivery Protocols (RTMP, HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, UDP).
    • Video Formats and Codecs (HLS, HDS, MP4, MPEG-DASH, CMAF, AV1, etc.).
    • Video Encoders (FFMPEG, Digital Rapids, Vantage, Elemental).
  • The extras. Nice to have experience including operating in Windows, Apple and Unix environments and a working knowledge of Apache, Tomcat, Docker/Containers, Cloud services.

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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