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Software Engineering Manager - Catalogues



Software Engineering, Other Engineering
Dublin, Ireland
Posted on Friday, August 11, 2023

Kobalt Intro:

​Kobalt is one of the world’s largest, most innovative music companies, using technology to power creative freedom, transparency, ownership and control for artists, songwriters, publishers, and labels.

Founded in 2000 by Swedish entrepreneur Willard Adhitz, the startup built a platform to maximise efficiency, accuracy, and transparency across the billions of micro-payments collected in today’s highly complex digital world. As the traditional music companies fought technology and contracted, Kobalt embraced it and grew, building an infrastructure and world-class creative team purposely designed to usher in the streaming era, along with a more fair, rewarding music business for creators.

With over 400 employees in 12 offices around the world, Kobalt today represents over 31,000 artists and songwriters, 700,000 songs and 600 publishing companies. Kobalt is proud to work with artists, songwriters, and companies like Childish Gambino, Max Martin, Paul McCartney and MPL Communications, Disney Music Group, and many more.


This role will be responsible for supporting the Head of Product with ensuring we have the right mix of skills in our teams and be a key participant in the organisational structures needed to enable the larger team to both stay organised and execute with autonomy. They will identify possible collisions and proactively fix them by mediating between teams and finding mutual solutions independent of senior leadership.

As a Tech Lead Manager at Kobalt Music, you will work alongside a peer group of senior technologists and business leaders on a mission to change how musicians and artists are represented in the music industry.

Working closely with the Senior Manager, you will support building a diverse, highly efficient and highly-skilled engineering team aligned to Kobalt’s core business units. You will be passionate about empowering people and supporting teams and individuals in meeting their full potential. You will be pragmatic about technologies and have a natural curiosity.

This is a unique opportunity to be hands-on with both the teams and the technology while helping shape the core structure of a rapidly scaling organisation and have a tangible impact on the future of music.

Main Responsibilities:

  • You will build, develop and lead small to medium-sized teams
  • Responsible for setting direction at the team level and linking team goals to wider BU and organisational strategy
  • Responsible for managing project priorities, resources, relationships and partner teams/vendors
  • Identify work/process efficiencies
  • Creates a sustainable work environment for members with measurable results
  • Technical accountability - pick relevant technologies
  • Converts the plan into specific actions and assign resources
  • Customer-first mindset and obsessed with building and maintaining trust with both internal and external customers
  • Facilitates development-driven work environment through effective leadership style - consistency, follow-ups etc
  • Creates a sustainable work environment for members with measurable results
  • Develops and empowers technical experts (IC) within the team
  • Drive performance standards, build and motivate high-performing teams through effective performance management
  • Ability to share expertise and promote diversity while navigating a complex organisation
  • Facilitate teams and functional alignment to improve workflow and collaboration
  • You will be an inspiring team leader with a strong sense of influence with your team, peers and stakeholders

What does success look like:

  • You will be partnering with product and agile counterparts to articulate and deliver a technical roadmap that meets current needs but supports us to scale & grow for the future
  • You will support building & leading a high-performing engineering capability for your area, both hiring, growing & retaining great people and instilling great ways of working
  • You’ll be responsible for day-to-day operational excellence, including dealing with incidents & outages and ensuring teams can be reactive as well as proactive when incidents arise.
  • You’ll be proactive in exploring and implementing new technologies and ways of working to ensure we’re staying current and innovating
  • You will work closely and collaborate with the Product team
  • You will work closely with commercial stakeholders to ensure that goals are continuously aligned, and productivity is on track whilst always striving to achieve deeper business relationships for the long term

What do we offer:

  • Salary Range: Discuss with the Talent Partner.
  • Flexible working. KTech operates with a hybrid working policy (fully remote possible).
  • 25 days annual leave.
  • 1 well-being day per quarter.
  • Half-day summer Fridays (July and August).
  • Christmas closure.
  • Meeting free Fridays afternoons outside of the summer months. We use this as dedicated learning time.
  • 5% pension contribution.
  • Health Insurance.