Staff Software Engineer, Platform
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: January 26, 2023
# Who we are
UnitedMasters is building a marketplace that connects artists,
brands and fans - empowering artists to earn and grow.
UnitedMasters has taken the bold step of building a music
distribution service that, radically, puts artists first -
disrupting the legacy music business by letting up-and-coming
artists distribute their music directly to fans through streaming
services while maintaining ownership of their master recording
rights and up to 100% of royalties. Through the combination of
UnitedMasters' music distribution platform and its deep ties to
brands, UnitedMasters enables independent artists and change-makers
to grow and earn unlike any other platform.
The UnitedMasters team is made up of musicians, marketers,
engineers, and storytellers with backgrounds from YouTube,
SoundCloud, Pandora, Facebook, Uber, Dropbox, Complex, VICE, and
more. We work hand in hand with the award-winning creative teams
that forge those innovative partnerships at Translation (our
in-house creative advertising agency).
# What's the role
This role will be part of our engineering "Foundation" team, which
is a group of platform & data engineers that support our product
development teams. Your technical responsibilities will revolve
around implementing and maintaining critical technologies, cloud
infrastructure, and software tools used across the engineering
organization. You will also lead systems design conversations, and
help coach other developers into making better design decisions.
We're looking for a strong listener, patient collaborator,
thoughtful architect, and skilled builder. You will identify areas
of need, and improve them.
What You'll Do
- Partner deeply with software engineering teams to understand
their infrastructure needs, and build tooling to help developers
self-service whenever possible.
- Be a critical contributor to system design and architecture
decisions, helping steer developers toward shared tooling, and
encouraging design decisions that ensure reliability, scalability,
- Take ownership of our highly-used kafka eventbus
infrastructure, and lead projects to extend, improve, and document
- Help consolidate, document, and in some cases deprecate shared
technologies that our dev teams widely use, including
Elasticsearch, Redis, and AWS kinesis.
- Participate in an on-call rotation for critical application
services and infrastructure alerts.
- Collaborate with other Foundation team engineers to improve our
testing infrastructure and developer environments.
- Work Experience:
- 7+ years of professional experience working in Software
- 3+ years in Platform/Infra/SRE/DevOps specific roles.
- Systems Engineering:
- Experience building and deploying distributed services using
- You have hands-on experience deploying data-intensive software
systems across an organization, from the supporting cloud
infrastructure, to the developer interfaces, to good documentation
that accelerates adoption.
- You know how to write high-performance services in
- You define your infrastructure as code, and use tools like
Terraform to deploy it.
- You are a chronic automator; writing dockerfiles and bash
scripts are second nature.
- Communication & Collaboration:
- You have excellent written and verbal communication
- You write strong documentation and are an org-wide champion for
- You appreciate teaching others, and leveling up the skills of
those around you.
You are passionate about software engineering best practices, and
are excited to help other developers implement them.
UnitedMasters has over 1.5 million artists on its platform and is
growing rapidly. Brands like Diageo, Ally, and ESPN come to
UnitedMasters to partner with these artists and play a role in
moving culture forward. In the past year, UnitedMasters subscribers
have grown rapidly. With $170M raised to date and valued at $550M,
UnitedMasters is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Apple, Alphabet
(aka Google), and Disney amongst others. Over the last year,
UnitedMasters artists have used our platform to land sync deals
with major brands including the NBA, ESPN, Overtime Elite, Bose,
Warner Brother Studios and in the NBA video game 2k. These deals
give them additional money for their work and increase their
Salary Hiring Range: $180,000 - $220,000
Our salary ranges are based on paying competitively for our size
and industry, and are one part of many compensation, benefits and
other reward opportunities we provide (e.g. bonus, stock options,
401(k) match, etc.)
Individual pay rate decisions are based on a number of factors,
including qualifications for the role, experience level, skillset,
and balancing internal equity relative to peers at the company. We
expect the majority of the candidates who are offered roles at our
company to fall healthily throughout the range based on these
The range above is for the expectations as laid out in the job
description, however we are often open to a wide variety of
profiles, and recognize that the person we hire may be less
experienced (or more senior) than this job description as posted.
If that ends up being the case, the updated salary range will be
communicated with you as a candidate.
The salary range above is for the NY/CA. As a company, we have a
location based strategy, which means the salary range could be
lower or higher than this if the role is hired in another
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