KOBALT MISSION

Kobalt is one of the world’s largest, most innovative music companies, using technology to power creative freedom, transparency, ownership and control for artists, songwriters, publishers, and labels.

Founded in 2000 by Swedish entrepreneur Willard Adhitz, the startup built a platform to maximize efficiency, accuracy, and transparency across the billions of micro-payments collected in today’s highly complex digital world. As the traditional music companies fought technology and contracted, Kobalt embraced it and grew, building an infrastructure and world-class creative team purposely designed to usher in the streaming era, along with a more fair, rewarding music business for creators.

With over 650 employees in 12 offices around the world, Kobalt today represents over 20,000 artists and songwriters, 600,000 songs and 600 publishing companies. Kobalt is proud to work with artists, songwriters, and companies like Childish Gambino, Max Martin, Paul McCartney and MPL Communications, Disney Music Group, and many more. 

JOB SUMMARY

As Kobalt’s continues to scale we are looking for Site Reliability Engineers at varying levels of experience to join our team.  We are responsible for creating and maintaining scalable, reliable and secure platforms that our distributed applications run on.  

You will enable other developers to be better at their roles by developing shared applications, platforms and tools which they can use.

You’ll bring your existing skills, and also learn new ones, as we continuously strive for improvement.

WHAT DOES A SITE RELIABILITY ENGINEER AT KOBALT DO?

  • Optimises systems for performance and scalability, building infrastructure and eliminating work through automation
  • Focuses on automation, from our deployment pipelines to the creation of our cloud infrastructure
  • Enables visibility with telemetry, logging, monitoring and alerting solutions
  • Maintains existing systems in development, test and production environments, as well as developing new systems to support our business applications
  • Works in a data driven environment to set, monitor and meet ambitious quality of service goals
  • Problem solves - able to work on a variety of problems and pick up new skills
  • Shares knowledge with other team members - from informal chats to mentoring others

WHAT SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

We are looking for engineers with some of the following skills. Expertise in everything on this list is not required!   Your skills should be complemented with an ability to problem solve, learn and collaborate.

  • Can design production systems to be scalable, fault-tolerant and secure
  • Ability to set up, manage and maintaining our services, infrastructure and applications hosted on AWS - as well as our VPCs, EC2 instances and S3 buckets, we make extensive use of other services including ECS Fargate and EMR for our data processing
  • Development, deployment and management of applications for some of the following languages: PHP, Java, Python, NodeJS, Go
  • A software engineering mindset
  • Use of IaC tools including Ansible, Terraform and CloudFormation
  • Experience with containerised applications and container orchestration
  • Build and continuous integration tools: creating and maintaining build and deployment pipelines
  • Knowledge of networking, load balancing and routing
  • Experience setting up monitoring and alerting systems including ELK stack, Fluentd, Datadog
  • Ability to keep up-to-date and continually learn

WHAT YOU WILL GET IN RETURN

  • A great salary in addition to a generous pension scheme (up to 5% matched)
  • Peace of mind - we offer comprehensive health cover 
  • A dedicated learning and development team for Tech, Udemy, BookBoon and more
  • Regular Tech Meetups hosted in the office on a range of topics from Scala to Agile Leadership
  • Wellbeing - we care about your physical and mental health and offer you subsidised gym memberships, a cycle to work scheme, sports clubs, office yoga, and (almost) daily meditation classes
  • A great office with everything you need to do your job and enjoy your place of work including fresh fruit and cereal, fantastic open space on our roof and shower facilities
  • Our infamous Kobalt Socials including quarterly-company wide rooftop parties and regular team socials, beers/wine/soft drinks on a Friday and the odd famous person doing a gig in our kitchen

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

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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