Backend GraphQL Developer, Membership

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Job Posting
  • Full Time
  • GTA

Website CBC Digital Products

Description: NOC Code: 2174

Working at CBC:


At the CBC, we all have a story to tell. What’s yours?

If you share our passion for Canadian storytelling and you wish to help us engage with individuals and communities across our various digital platforms, this is where you’ll want to be!

Every day, you will have an opportunity to shape the way in which Canadians see themselves reflected in our digital services. Your work will have a direct impact on how millions of Canadians from various communities  connect with our products, with one another, and with the diverse voices that make our country so unique.

You will have the opportunity to play a part in enlightening and entertaining Canadians through our innovative work in building the mediums that deliver our content. We are an innovative hub, where the talented professionals we work with are respected and valued for their contributions. Our product teams are vibrant and our work culture strives to achieve the highest standards of diversity and inclusion. We believe that hiring people with different career paths and backgrounds is fundamental in our shared success and in building healthy and highly performant teams. When you join our mission, you are not only shaping the vision of the CBC, but the future of our country.


Why is this role important?

The Membership team is a newly formed group working on the backend experience of our apps used by millions of Canadians. Working in partnership with the Single-Sign-On and Audience Acquisition and Engagement teams, our key initiative is to expand our reach and further engage our audience through personalized features and content recommendations.

Reporting to the Senior Manager, we are adding a Backend GraphQL Developer to the Membership team. This is currently a remote role with the requirement to be in-office once the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are lifted, and it is deemed safe for our team to be together.

As the new GraphQL Developer, you will take an active role in implementing our personalization initiatives. You will be a major contributor in evolving existing platforms, including our GraphQL instance that will enable authenticated user data exchange and personalization features to be developed. This will increase user engagement and loyalty by offering a unified CBC membership experience and related benefits to our audience. This is the next frontier for media companies and a chance to join a team building a minimum viable product in its first iteration.


Here’s why we should work together:

Our digital teams’ values – collaboration, learning, and continuous improvement – embody who we are as a people-focused, digital-forward employer. 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 their desired career progression.

Here at CBC Digital Strategy & Products, we want you to be happy and feel good at work. It is essential that work be a safe space where our employees are able to share their authentic selves with one another and to push each other to challenge conventions.


Perks you can look forward to:

  • Flexible work schedules, allowing you to prioritize yourself, your family and your work;
  • Work from home opportunities;
  • Competitive total rewards package;
  • 20% of time for innovation, learning and development; wherever your interests lie;
  • Opportunities to work with cutting edge technology;
  • Opportunities for continued learning and professional development;
  • Opportunities to become a member of our Employee Resource Groups;
  • Pair programming and mentorship opportunities, where you can learn from the best in the industry and help coach new talent;
  • A creative and dynamic work environment, where your ideas and contributions can be heard, valued and respected;
  • A supportive management team committed to upholding the highest standards of diversity and inclusivity;
  • An environment which favours experimentation and an iterative approach in order to achieve the highest form of technical innovation.


How you will make an impact:

  • You will collaborate with other product teams on the shared GraphQL codebase, extending and augmenting the existing instance to provide a unique point of entry for many data sources.
  • You will perform code reviews and write unit and automated tests, ensuring internally developed applications perform well under high demand.
  • You will participate in Agile Scrum activities for projects in production to make the necessary adjustments or to gauge the results of completed projects.


What you bring to our team: 

  • The education. A Computer Science, Engineering, Math degree, or equivalent is preferred, but we know not everyone gains their programming skills this way.
  • The passion. You have a passion for information and technology, and you are enthusiastic about the opportunity to link the two pieces together. You can quickly learn new technologies and respond to change by learning and adapting.
  • The hands-on expertise. You have 3+ years of backend experience, working with enterprise APIs and massive amounts of data. You have:
    • Exposure – academic, self-taught, or professional – to GraphQL.
    • Expertise in NodeJS.
    • An understanding of how applications exchange and process JSON.
    • Experience writing code accompanied by unit tests sufficient to ensure code coverage.
    • Experience using test-driven development would be considered an asset.
  • The communication skills. You can translate technical concepts and work for a non-technical audience. 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. You are comfortable working with remote team members.
  • 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.
  • The bonus skills:
    • Proficiency with OOA and OOD.
    • Hands-on experience writing REST API endpoints.


To Apply:

At the CBC, we recognize that not everyone takes the same path when it comes to building their skills. We value diversity of thought and of experience, and we are excited to hear from you! 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 most of the qualifications and you are excited by the possibility of adding to the rich culture of the CBC, take a chance and express your interest by applying now!

If you’re interested in reading more about the various backgrounds of the talented people that make up our teams, our exciting new projects, and what we’re currently working on, check out our Digital Labs blog on Medium!

CBC/Radio-Canada is committed to being a leader in reflecting our country’s diversity. That’s because we can only create and tell the stories that connect Canadians, by having a workforce that mirrors the ever-changing makeup of our country. That’s why we, as an employer, 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. For more information, visit the Diversity and Inclusion section of our website. If you have accommodation needs at this stage of the recruitment process, please inform us as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to

You are invited to consult and familiarize yourself with our Code of Conduct, which can be found on our corporate website. All employees must adhere to the Code as a condition of employment. We also invite you to take a look at our policy on conflicts of interest. In the event that you become an employee, it will be important to inform us, as quickly as possible, of any situation that, because of your hiring, constitutes or could appear to constitute a conflict of interest.

To apply for this job please visit