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Collections and Information Developer New
The British Film Institute
London, London, United Kingdom

Job Title

Collections and Information Developer

Job Description

We are seeking a Python developer to deliver high quality, sustainable tools, workflows and applications to address the key challenges in acquiring, documenting, preserving, analysing and accessing BFI National Archive collections.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent with extensive demonstrable experience in development and delivery of Python-based solutions to achieve effective digital media and data workflows within a cultural heritage or similar organisation. They will be responsible for updating legacy Python applications to current version, implementing effective dependencies management, and version control and code documentation.

They will have a thorough understanding of established tools for digital preservation and data management in a cultural heritage organisation, along with knowledge of digital preservation principles and practices. A proven engagement with open source software development would be a distinct advantage.

Based at BFI Stephen Street, you will enjoy benefits such as our pension scheme, excellent support for working parents, 28-33 days annual leave, tickets to BFI festivals and events plus many others.

Further details about the post can be obtained by visiting


  • No telecommuting
  • No Agencies Please


  • Degree or postgraduate qualification in cultural heritage, librarianship, information management, information technology or similar
  • Demonstrable experience (2 years minimum) of developing and deploying Python-based solutions to achieve effective digital media and data workflows within a cultural heritage or similar organisation
  • Proven experience of updating legacy Python applications to current version, implementing effective dependencies management, version control and code documentation
  • Experience of providing documentation, end-user training and support for software you have created
  • Previous experience of line management would be an advantage
  • Thorough understanding of established tools for digital preservation and data management in a cultural heritage organisation – data storage infrastructure, databases, open source software, APIs, etc
  • Demonstrable understanding of digitisation and digital preservation principles and practices: validation and normalisation, fixity and integrity, migration etc
  • Demonstrable understanding of collections management principles and practices - acquisition, documentation, location control, preservation, access, etc – would be an advantage
  • Understanding of relevant sector metadata and collections management standards, such as EN15907, PB Core, ISAD(G), Spectrum; and digital preservation frameworks such as OAIS and PREMIS
  • Experience of contributing to, or working with, Open Source software would be a distinct advantage
  • Competence in Linux, Apple and Windows operating systems, and ideally experience in developing tools for use in a multi-OS working environment
  • Awareness of technologies and frameworks for delivering online access to digital media – such as IIIF - would be an advantage

About the Company

The BFI is an internationally recognised cultural body, and the lead organisation for film in the UK. We are a Government arm’s-length body and distributor of Lottery funds for film. We serve a public role which covers the cultural, creative and economic aspects of film in the UK. The BFI delivers this role:

  • As the UK-wide organisation for film, a charity core funded by Government
  • By providing Lottery and Government funds for film across the UK
  • By working with partners to advance the position of film in the UK

Our ambition is to create a flourishing screen environment in which innovation, opportunity and creativity can thrive by:

  • Connecting audiences to the widest choice of British and world cinema
  • Preserving and restoring the most significant film collection in the world for today and future generations
  • Championing emerging and world class filmmakers in the UK - investing in creative, distinctive and entertaining work
  • Promoting British film and talent to the world
  • Growing the next generation of filmmakers and audiences

Founded in 1933 the BFI is a registered charity governed by Royal Charter. The BFI Board of Governors is chaired by Josh Berger CBE.

BFI2022 is our strategic plan for film for 2017-2022. It focuses on our three core priorities to support Future Talent, Future Learning and Skills, and Future Audiences. The strategy builds on the successes and direction of our previous five-year plan - Film Forever (2012-2017).

Diversity & Inclusion

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

We want to make sure our workforce is diverse and representative of the communities we work with, and that our opportunities are open to all.

  • We are Stonewall Champions. Stonewall works for equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bi and trans individuals.
  • We are a Disability Confident employer, accredited by Jobcentre Plus.
  • Our two areas of under-representation are BAME re ethnicity and disabled people. To encourage applications from both communities, all candidates who meet our job specification minimum requirements for the role they have applied to are invited to stage 1 of our selection process.
  • We are members of the Employer’s Network for Equality and Inclusion.
  • We are members of the Southbank Employers Group, a partnership with a long-term commitment to improving the everyday experience of the area for employees, visitors and residents alike.

People Engagement and Wellbeing

The BFI takes our responsibility to engage and develop our employees seriously. We carry out a range of activities to facilitate this, including: • All employees are appraised each year and agree objectives and a development plan with their line manager.

  • Meetings are held at Directorate, Department, team and individual level with ‘all employee’ events each quarter.
  • Our brand values are ‘Approachable, Inspiring and Responsive’.
  • We are committed to promoting diversity and inclusion across all our activities. A cross BFI representative steering group assists us plan and monitor our initiatives.
  • Our mean gender pay gap was 0.4% as at 31 March 2018.
  • We are a disability confident employer.
  • We provide a range of wellbeing initiatives. As part of our mental health wellbeing strategy we have Mental Health First Aiders at each main site.
  • We regularly review our staff engagement strategies to see how we are doing

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