Software Engineer - Java

Kobalt Music Group, London

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As a software engineer at Kobalt you’ll be involved in the whole development lifecycle: requirement gathering, specification, development, building, testing and deployment of our in-house system and writing fast, reliable, and clean code daily. Our new developers are always mentored by an existing and more experienced member of the team.


Kobalt is the leading technology-powered music services company, offering end-to-end solutions for over 50,000 artists and songwriters and 800 labels and publishing companies. Through Kobalt technology and services, creators benefit from more money, better reporting, and maintain ownership and control over how their work is distributed, tracked, collected, and monetized. With the award-winning Kobalt desktop portal and app, Kobalt clients get real-time insight into their work and activity.

We’re currently over 400 people based across 10 offices and we’re expecting to grow. That’s where you come in.

Our system is currently responsible for sending worldwide notifications of all of our clients’ songs; and it delivers albums, singles and videos to a whole host of digital services, including iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and many others. It also licenses use of our clients work in TV, Film, Games, and Adverts. Once all of that has been done, it then has the not-so-small job of processing the millions of resulting payments through to our clients.


This means that you’ll be working with core Java libraries, Swing UI, J2EE technologies and Apache/Tomcat, and testing with JUnit. You could be modifying or creating new third party integrations with AWS, PayPal, Docusign or others. Perhaps you’ll be adapting our processes for encoding, transcoding, and delivering master audio and video files. No one week will be like another as we strive to improve and innovate.

At all times you’ll be responsible for ensuring your changes move swiftly through our continuous integration processes, and liaising with other departments to improve their overall experience of our systems.


  • Proven and demonstrable Java programming experience
  • Experience of source control systems
  • Experience with databases and SQL
  • Experience of creating automated tests
  • Experience with Oracle databases, PL/SQL, and JDBC
  • An interest in Continuous Development and Integration


In 2017, Kobalt won Independent Publisher of the Year at the Music Week Awards (UK).  Kobalt Music Group was recognised as the 2013 ASCAP Publishing Administrator of the Year and in 2014 our industry leading Portal web application won the "Innovation in Publishing" award at the MusicAlly awards.


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.

Competitive salary and benefits



About Kobalt Music Group

Our Company Kobalt has prioritized creators from the start. Willard Ahdritz founded Kobalt in 2000 with a mission: Making the music industry more fair and rewarding for creators. He wanted to give artists, songwriters, musicians, labels and publishers the freedom and transparency they needed to build their careers. Today, Kobalt does exactly that. Our music services combined with our innovative technology offer a viable alternative to the traditional industry model. We’re 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

Want to learn more about Kobalt Music Group? Visit Kobalt Music Group's website.