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Android Developer, Digital Audio

CBC/Radio-Canada’s Digital Audio team combines the latest in live audio, streaming and semi-interactive experiences to bring Canadians the music, stories, and news they want to hear. We use the latest technologies to build products and a platform that makes this complex process, easy to access any time, anywhere.

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 Digital Audio Apps team owns, builds, and maintains the audio experiences on mobile and emerging platforms across the CBC. We are looking for an Android Developer to join this exciting team that provides the full range of CBC Talk, Music, and Podcast audio content to millions of Canadians. This is an opportunity to contribute to the unification of our listening services into a cohesive set of web and mobile products while maintaining and growing our existing audience. 

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 Android Developer looking to apply and build upon your skills, creating end-to-end user-facing products with an emphasis on discoverability, engagement, and personalization. You understand the importance of accessibility and know what it takes to meet the needs of all users. 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, 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 want to play an instrumental role moving CBC/Radio-Canada forward with Audio platforms to compete on a national and international front. You are excited to look at how our audience currently accesses audio content and how we can step up to engage our audience dynamically.
  • We are always researching and testing the latest tools in order to keep up-to-date. Across the organization you will find a range of technologies:
    • Our technology stack includes: Kotlin and Java, and a collection of Android libraries like Jetpack and Exoplayer. 

    • Our backend stack includes Javascript, Node.js, SQL Server, and MongoDB.

    • Our DevOps environment includes Bamboo and Jenkins for continuous integration; Selenium, Espresso, and other automated test tools; Jest and Enzyme for unit testing; and various Azure web hosting services.

  • Belonging. CBC/Radio-Canada is a Canadian institution. By joining our dynamic Digital Audio Products team, you will be exposed to the best of all worlds. Corporate. Public. Startup. This is a team that embraces an audience focus and strives to deliver updates, enhancements, and more engaging experiences as frequently as possible. You will be part of a team that embraces diversity and at its core, truly cares about the country and the world. Your unique skill-set will only enhance ours.
  • 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 product, leadership, or business knowledge, 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. 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.

What you bring:

  • The experience. You have hands-on experience developing mobile apps. Web or desktop application development would be a bonus. You can defend your own ideas and challenge ours. You have experience with build processes and an understanding of continuous integration and the full mobile development life cycle including publishing to the Google Play store. 

  • The knowledge. You can develop in Kotlin and/ or Java (or you are willing to learn) and are comfortable requesting and parsing data from REST APIs. You are flexible with using both old and new Android libraries. You may have backend web, desktop or server side knowledge.

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

  • The desire to learn. You are continuously researching and keeping up to date, responding to change by learning and adapting. You have an interest in growing your exposure to emerging platforms like Car and TV Operating Systems or even expanding your knowledge to iOS.

  • The collaborative approach. You have a team-focus and understand the concepts of collective responsibility and ownership. You are an excellent communicator who practices active listening and empathetic engagement across diverse perspectives. 

  • The Agile experience. You enjoy working with product managers and stakeholders to shape products and delight customers. You can adapt quickly to innovate solutions. You believe in the Agile methodology deeply, but you are flexible and open to the real world twists and turns.

  • The passion and product focus. You are dedicated to delivering high-quality products and willing to contribute in any way that makes the product better. You understand modern approaches to testing, unit testing, and manual test case execution (including the unique challenges in native mobile environments) - and when to best deploy them. 

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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