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Senior Engineer at Kobalt
London, GB


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.


We are passionate about our teams and hiring great talent. We are looking for engaged and sharp Engineers at all levels to support us with our growth ambitious.

As an engineer at Kobalt you’ll be involved in the whole development life cycle starting with planning and road mapping sessions with the product team, writing clean, scalable and fully tested code.

Our new developers are always mentored by an existing and more experienced member of the team and have access to an extensive range of learning materials ranging from a free Udemy account to access to a library of online e-books and audiobooks.

As a technology company we are also committed to sharing our knowledge and experiences with the wider technology community through monthly technology and diversity focussed events.


Our 100 strong engineering team is split into 4 main areas aligning to our core business units - publishingrecordingsdigital collections and synch. Each of these areas is split further into smaller product or feature lead teams.

Our engineering teams find creative solutions to solve complex problems that help us provide most innovative ways for creators to distribute their work, collect their royalties, keep track of their streaming data and sync their music to TV, film and advertising opportunities that exists in the music world today.

As a Senior Engineer at Kobalt you will be responsible for working on technology problems ranging from the large scale transformation of a monolith application that processes billions of royalty payments monthly, into scalable, language agnostic services, to using predictive analysis to build recommendation engines that help our Synch team find music to fit briefs from advertising agencies from a catalogue of millions of songs.

Language is not the most important thing to us when we look for Engineers. What is important is that our engineers are curious, adaptable, dependable, always want to learn more, and are able to write clean, tested and reliable code. To begin with, you will likely be coding in Java so some experience of Java or a similar object oriented language will be advantageous. 

We follow best practices, test our own code and deploy our own work with the help of our operations team.

Tech we use at Kobalt includes Java, Spark, Python, Scala, Javascript, Node, Go, React, Redux, AWS, Docker, Oracle, SQL (plus loads more) 

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.


  • Have a Bachelors or Masters Degree in Computer Science or a related field or equivalent working experience
  • Be comfortable in multiple development languages (static and dynamic) including Java, and interested in learning more
  • Have a good understanding of systems design, algorithms, and data structures
  • Experience with AWS, Google Cloud, or any proprietary clouds
  • Experience with big data technologies (e.g. Hadoop) and with microservices architecture
  • Demonstrate a devops-centric approach for delivering high quality and reliable service development, with a test driven approach for delivering clean, tested and reliable code
  • Have experience of transferring knowledge and mentoring graduates and more junior team members


Competitive salary and benefits

Posted Date Monday 25th March 2019

Closing Date for Applications Wednesday 24th April 2019



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. 

Thank you for choosing to apply for a role at Kobalt! By applying for a role on our website you are allowing Kobalt to collect your personal data and contact you regarding this opportunity. We care about transparency and believe that skill sets can be applied to multiple roles, so we would love to able to get in touch with your regarding other opportunities that may be suitable for you. We will therefore keep the information you supplied to us for one year. We collect your personal data for the purposes of managing Kobalt recruitment related activities and in relation to the evaluation and selection of applicants and as is otherwise needed in the recruitment processes. You can read our Privacy Policy HERE where we outline full details in line with GDPR requirements.

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