Careers At Blackstar

Blackstar Amplification started in Northampton, England in 2004 and officially launched in 2007. Driven by the passion of the founding team for designing innovative amplification products that redefine players expectations, Blackstar today distributes products to over 50 countries worldwide and is a major international brand in the amplifier market. Over the years the Blackstar team has continued to grow and Blackstar is always keen to hear from like-minded individuals who have the talent and work ethic to make a difference in one of the most exciting brands in the MI industry.

Job Opportunities

Software Developer
Department: Research and Development
Job Title: Software Developer
Reporting to: Senior Software Engineer

Overall purpose of the job:
To develop Blackstar proprietary software (both for public release and internal development tools) from design brief to release and beyond. Responsibility for the quality and features of Blackstar end-user-facing software products.

Main Activities / Tasks: 
  • Specifying, designing and developing new, user-focused software as per business needs
  • Support and maintenance of existing Blackstar software, including the specification and development of new features
  • Working within the Digital Team to understand requirements for - and resolve issues with - Blackstar software
     
Other Duties:
  • Assisting in software project planning
  • Identifying areas for improvement within Blackstar software development processes, and delivering solutions for them
  • Other duties within skill set but not necessarily role scope as and when (creative design input, attending meetings etc)
     
Education / Qualifications:
  • Qualified to degree level or above in a relevant subject 
     
Training / Technical Skills:
(Desirable)
  • Microsoft Silverlight programming experience
  • Native macOS development experience
  • Mobile application development experience
  • User interface design
  • Experience using automated build systems e.g. Jenkins
  • Web services or other distributed programming methodologies
  • Cross-platform development methods e.g. Mono or similar
  • C programming knowledge
  • Scripting knowledge
(Essential)
  • C# .Net programming experience
  • Experience using and developing for Unix-based systems, e.g. macOS
  • Knowledge of operating system internals (event loops, drivers, kernel/user architecture, threading models, etc)
  • Full software lifecycle experience, including requirements capture, solution identification, and system design.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new programming languages and tools, as required
  • Strong software design principles
  • Experience in using version/source control software
  • USB application communication
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good numerical skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Highly organised
  • Experience/awareness of software testing principles
  • XML experience
     
Experience / Knowledge:
  • Experience working in an Agile environment, using Sprints to plan work packages and report results
  • A musical background, guitar playing or otherwise, would be considered a strong advantage, though is by no means essential
  • 3+ years commercial software development experience
  • Independent and self-reliant, being able to work without close supervision
  • Working within a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) structure
     
Personality:
  • Passion for the music industry
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build professional relationships with people at all levels
  • Ability to manage working time effectively and prioritise assignments appropriately
  • Enthusiastic, methodical, committed and dependable
     
Specific Requirements of the Role:
  • Full time, 8:00 – 17:00, Monday – Friday in Northampton, UK
  • Willing to work extra hours as and when required
Job Description:
   View the 'Software Developer' job description
Job Details:
  • Location: Northampton, UK
  • Ref No: DW-00001
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Department: Research and Development
DSP Engineer
Department: Research and Development
Job Title: DSP Engineer
Reporting to: Senior Software Engineer

Overall purpose of the job:
Efficient DSP programming in all Blackstar digital products

Main Activities / Tasks: 
  • DSP algorithm development, implementation and optimisation
  • This includes both high-level modelling (MATLAB, C/C++, VST plug-ins) and assembler level optimisation on the target platforms
Other Duties:
  • Assisting in project planning, scoping and problem solving in terms of software
  • Other duties within skill set but not necessarily role scope as and when (creative design input, attending meetings etc
Education / Qualifications:
  • Qualified to degree level or above in a relevant subject 
     
Training / Technical Skills:
(Desirable)
  • Several years (minimum 3) commercial experience as an audio DSP Engineer.
  • SHARC DSP experience.
  • Experience using JUCE or similar for creating software GUIs
  • Proficient using MATLAB
  • Experience in assembler-level optimisation (preferably on ARM Cortex M/Cortex A)
  • Experience in testing audio algorithms and audio processing blocks
(Essential)
  • Excellent demonstrable Embedded C programming skills
  • C++ (OOP) programming skills
  • Solid understanding of fundamental DSP theory
  • Strong understanding of software engineering principles
  • Experience in audio signal processing
  • Understanding of/experience developing VST plugins
Experience / Knowledge:
  • Optimisation on out-of-order architectures
  • Real-world modelling of audio systems
  • Audio analysis of real-world systems
  • DSP development for embedded hardware
  • Independent and self-reliant, being able to work without close supervision
  • Working within a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) structure
  • A musical background, guitar playing or otherwise, would be considered a strong advantage
Personality:
  • Passion for the music industry
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, able to build professional relationships with people at all levels
  • Ability to manage working time effectively and prioritise assignments appropriately
  • Enthusiastic, methodical, committed and dependable
     
Specific Requirements of the Role:
  • Full time, 8:00 – 17:00, Monday – Friday in Northampton, UK
  • Willing to work extra hours as and when required
Job Description:
   View the 'DSP Engineer' job description
Job Details:
  • Location: Northampton, UK
  • Ref No: DW-00002
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Department: Research and Development

Apply For A Job

If you think you have what it takes to join us please make sure you download and fill out the Blackstar Application Document and attach that along with your CV using our online form.

Alternatively if you would prefer, you are able to apply in writing with your Covering Letter, CV and your Blackstar Application Document to our mailing address: Blackstar Amplification Ltd, Suite 2, Hawes Business Centre, Sandfield Close, Moulton Park, Northampton, NN3 6EU

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