Senior Backend/DevOps Engineer

This is a fantastic opportunity to shard a monolith, running in production, using the latest cloud technologies, whilst supporting a growing, profitable and self-funded company with music in the veins

Record Union is looking for a devops-focused backend engineer to help spearhead the sharding of the current, monolithic platform towards a cloud-native event-driven platform.

We are an entrepreneurial, self-funded and profitable company in the midst of a swirling music-business transformation. We care about our artists and want to become the best service for an aspiring Independent artist to distribute and monetize their creative work. 

We have an existing customer base of 250,000+ artists using our platform world-wide, but we also need to step up our efforts to develop applications and insights faster and in an agile way.

Although much of our existing infrastructure is built in C# on Azure in a monolithic fashion, we are in the process of migrating to a new platform with a much more modern architecture.

Our new platform is primarily developed as Python microservices, built in CircleCI, deployed in Docker containers and hosted on Google Cloud. The frontend is mostly being built with React. We are also leaning heavily on Kafka as the backbone of our new platform.

What you'll do:

  • Design, develop, build and maintain the infrastructure for our backend services on our emerging next-gen platform, with focus on high-availability, stability and resiliency
  • Be creative, pragmatic and take initiative on how to move services and functions from the current monolithic platform on the new, cloud-centric platform with minimal disruption to the users or the business
  • Work closely with UX and Front-End team to design a cohesive, simple and enticing user experience for our customers
  • Incorporate established best practices in the management of our different operating environments
  • Take operational responsibility for the services that are owned by the team, making sure the applications are available 24/7 and don't mind fixing critical issues if they occur outside office hours

What you bring to us:

  • Extensive experience with deploying and maintaining services in a cloud environment such as Google Cloud, AWS or Azure
  • Experience with monitoring, alerting, diagnosing and debugging issues in a cloud environment
  • Proficiency in Python and C# - it’s OK if you don’t have both as long as you have a good understanding of similar languages (e.g. JavaScript or Java) and possess the willingness/desire to step out of your comfort zone now and expand your skill set
  • Strong experience with conventional relational databases and more modern ‘NoSQL’ paradigm databases
  • Experience with incremental migration away from legacy systems
  • You should not be afraid to dig into (and fix) someone else's code
  • You know and care about sound engineering practices and clean, elegant code
  • While we are officially split into ‘frontend’ and ‘backend’ specialisations, we try to be largely cross-functional and help out wherever it is needed. You are not expected to know all of the technologies we work with in depth but a willingness to learn and sink your teeth into whatever is required is highly valued

Bonus points for experience with:

  • Kafka
  • CircleCI
  • Azure DevOps
  • Music distribution service APIs (e.g. Spotify)
  • React


  • M.Sc. in Engineering or Data Science or similar University degree
  • Proven track-record of building and maintaining distributed, data-driven applications

What we value

Innovation, collaboration, transparency, passion, and playfulness are a start. We believe our culture is a core part of what makes Record Union successful. We’re looking for someone who understands a good culture and will help shape it as it evolves.

We are proud to foster a workplace free from discrimination. We strongly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and background will lead to a better environment for our employees and a better product for our customers, the artists. Ideally you also love playing or making music.

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Why work with us?

At Record Union, you will be part of a group of competent and friendly people. We work in an open office space with a relaxed and homely feel. We are on a journey of growth, continuously improving our product, our reach and anchoring our brand.

What we offer:

  • Company Culture

    A unique culture, where people gather their skills and their passion to create great things.

  • Making a difference

    Our platform liberates the music industry and allows all music makers to reach out with their music on the global marketplace.

  • The perks

    Good compensation, pension, life and health benefits are all part of our basic package. We value highly the wellbeing of our employees.

    Work equipment of your choosing. You know what works best for you.

    Our very own recording studio, available for all who want to use it :).

  • What we expect from you

    - A progressive mindset, always looking for new and better ways to achieve goals.

    -The ability to turn strategy into actions and having a tangible impact on the organisation.

    - A kind and collaborative spirit - you believe the group achieves more together than individually.

    - Taking initiative and taking on new projects with ease.

    - Interest in the views and experience of a diverse group of people.

    - Enthusiasm and passion (especially for music)!

Workplace & culture


We are a multicultural group of skilled people that share the vision of liberating the music industry! 


At Record Union we believe in empowering people and a positive mindset to achieve organisational goals and personal growth. We are a bunch of fun loving people that are team oriented, open and creative. 

Innovation lies at the heart of our organisation, and we welcome progressive ideas to reach our goals. We work in a fast moving and ever changing environment and continuously adapt to new opportunities. 

Record Union is an equal opportunity employer.

If you want to read more about our view on culture, please read our Culture Guidelines

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