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Android Developer, CBC News & CBC Sports

What it’s like working at CBC

CBC Digital Products is 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

Our Agile team is seeking an Android Developer who wants to enhance and reinvent our apps, including CBC News and CBC Sports on both mobile and TV platforms. We need someone committed to ensuring our Canadian audience has the best media experience possible. 

This is a level of exposure and impact that few other roles provide. Our Apps team has an expansive, engaged, and dedicated audience and the work of our mobile developers is accessed by millions of Canadians seeking information and entertainment from a national broadcaster they trust.

Who you are

You are an Android Developer looking to apply and build upon your skills, creating end-to-end user-facing products with an emphasis on discoverability and engagement. You understand the importance of accessibility and know what it takes to meet the needs of all users. You have a portfolio of links to apps you have developed that exemplify your ability to blend cutting edge and exciting with stable and robust.

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, we’ve forged strong relationships with Google, Apple, Android, and others to stay ahead of the curve. 
  • Belonging. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining our dynamic Digital Products department, you will be exposed to the best of both worlds: corporate and public. You will be part of the Apps & Conversational Interfaces team where you’ll be able to explore the boundaries of iOS and Android development, as well as leverage CI products like Alexa and Google Home. As part of this collaborative group, you’ll be able to discover where your interests lie and will be given the chance to learn as you go; taking a deeper dive into the technical areas you find most exciting. 
  • Career growth. CBC is fully invested in our people. We will provide you with the time, resources and championing that you need to keep your career here rewarding.

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 when given the time? 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, 20% of your time here is yours to allocate in a productive and professionally gratifying way.

What you bring:

  • The education. A post-secondary degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or equivalent is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their development skills this way.

  • The experience. You have 2+ years of experience in software development. You have experience with build processes as well as an understanding of continuous integration, git and git-flow, automated testing, and the full mobile development life cycle including publishing to the Google Play store. 

  • The knowledge. You can develop in Java and have been exposed to Kotlin. You are flexible with using both old and new Android libraries, have an understanding of design patterns and separation of concerns. You are capable of extracting code into modules and libraries. You are familiar with CI/CD and its effect on improving an application’s release process. 

  • The desire to learn. You are continuously researching and keep up to date on best practices. You pick up new technologies quickly and respond to change by learning and adapting. You support your own ideas and are open to challenging ours.

  • The collaboration skills. You have a team-focus and understand the concepts of collective responsibility and ownership. You enjoy working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders, are open to pair programming, and are focused on the success of your team.

  • The communication skills. You know how to listen and relay understanding for differing perspectives. You are empathetic to your audience and communicate with the right level of detail. 

  • The creativity and adaptability. You can adapt quickly, innovate solutions and embrace the new while accepting the ambiguous.

  • The Agile experience. You believe in the Agile methodology deeply, but you are flexible and open to the real-world twists and turns.

  • The extra knowledge. An understanding of accessibility standards and guidelines and digital Content Management Systems would be an asset.

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 of the talented people that make up our team on LinkedIn.

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, please click the link to apply. 

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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