Job Title: Senior Engineer

Location: London

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: Competitive

Duration: Permanent

Posted: 9th July 2019

Closing date: 6th August 2019

Kobalt was founded in 2000 with a mission: Make the music industry fairer and rewarding for creators.
We wanted to give creators, our artists, songwriters, musicians, labels and publishers, the freedom and transparency they needed to build their careers.

Today, Kobalt does exactly that. Our music technology services including Publishing, Recordings, Synchronization and the world’s first Global Digital Collection Society are trusted by some of the world’s greatest artists, and we represent more than 40% of the top 100 songs and albums in the U.S. and U.K. And it’s not just the big names we help. Our open platform allows new and upcoming artists and writers all over the world to get access to invaluable insights that help boost their musical careers.

Having undergone difficult times in the late 90s due to piracy, the music industry resurged due to streaming and curated online services and is now on a path of explosive growth as music becomes more ubiquitous than ever and distributed all over the world. Furthermore, data is today generated and collected at an unprecedented rate, through social media, marketing and other digital platforms.
As leaders in music technology, we are riding a rapid growth wave and scaling our systems and products to cope with current and future demand, while also building new innovative products that not only enable better decision making, increased efficiency but also help maximise revenue for creators.

As a Senior Engineer at Kobalt, you will form part of our Ktech population and be enthusiastic and forthcoming with new ideas. You will work on a specific project, critical to Kobalt needs with opportunities to fully collaborate with teams and projects as you and our fast-paced business grow and evolve.

We need our senior engineers to be versatile, display leadership qualities and be enthusiastic to take on new problems across the full-stack as we continue to push technology forward. We’re looking for smart generalists who can work with the right tool for the job. This is a unique opportunity to be hands on with both the product and the technology whilst helping to shape the future of music for creators.


  • Independently translate small to moderate feature requirements into production quality code
  • Proficient in programming languages and technologies used within project team and code base maintained by project team
  • Deliver tested production level code in a timely manner for small to moderate features within a team
  • Able to provide guidance on coding and testing standards to juniors, peers and associates
  • Able to work independently small to moderate features within a team
  • Positively contribute and lead projects
  • Able to collaborate and foster collaborative working with a multidisciplinary team
  • Be creative and experiment with new solutions but pragmatic and committed to code optimisation and validation
  • Empower and mentor more junior team members to improve their craft, deliver high quality products, and develop themselves as high performing engineers.
  • Help standardise and continuously improve our software engineering practices, processes, and tools.
  • Customer first mindset and obsessed about building and maintaining trust with both internal and external customers
  • Value and be a culture ambassador for Kobalt
  • Play an active role in promoting Kobalt’s brand by attending and being involved in events and networking





  • Strong knowledge of technical domain
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related relevant discipline (or equivalent)
  • Technical knowledge, specifically in service-oriented architecture and functional programming developing and operating highly scalable data centric services and web applications
  • Experience of best practices, agile methodologies, continuous delivery and experimentation
  • Ability to work in a data driven environment, experience with Spark and/or Elasticsearch welcomed
  • Ability to share expertise through mentoring and pair programming more junior engineers
  • Expertise in multiple development languages, and are interested in learning more
  • Experience in programming with Java and SQL, these are the two core languages we use at the moment, but we need to broaden our strengths with some Scala, javascript and other front end technologies. We've used other languages like Python (3) from time to time, so programming knowledge of this would also be beneficial
  • Understanding of scalability, and implementation constraints; andcomfortable working with multiple stakeholders from different parts of the organisation


Applicants must be eligible to work in the United Kingdom. Verification checks will be conducted during the interview process and a full DBS check on acceptance of offer. Kobalt is an equal opportunity employer encouraging diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or any other status or characteristic protected by law. 

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