Focusrite Careers

High Wycombe | United Kingdom
High Wycombe | United Kingdom
High Wycombe | United Kingdom
High Wycombe | United Kingdom
High Wycombe | United Kingdom
High Wycombe | United Kingdom
High Wycombe | United Kingdom
High Wycombe | United Kingdom
High Wycombe, UK
Full Time
High Wycombe | United Kingdom

Role Overview

Leading a team of 5+ software engineers, this role will be central to our mission of delivering fantastic software for Focusrite and Novation products. Working closely alongside the Hardware, QA and Production Management teams, you will be supporting the delivery of our New Product Introduction (NPI), as well as maintaining existing products. You will also be involved with software development projects, as well as the evaluation and improvement of development processes and tools. You will help drive new product design, researching new product ideas and technologies.

As a team manager you will provide leadership and coaching, developing the team’s capability and productivity to meet the growing needs of the business, including activity planning, project approach review, technical mentorship and performance appraisals. You will also be involved with the recruitment of new software engineers.

This is a role with plenty of scope for development, and lots of opportunity for you to shape it and make your mark. We work in an exciting area, and our standards are high; you must ensure consistent excellence and reliability, and have outstanding managerial and people skills to engage well with multiple departments at all levels and develop your own team.

Desired Attributes

The successful candidate will have:

  • Significant experience in consumer-focused software development, delivering high quality apps on Windows and OS X.
  • Strong leadership skills to successfully manage and a develop team of 5+, including activity planning, project approach review, technical mentoring, appraisals, 1:1 coaching, training and career progression planning.
  • Technical expertise in multiple languages, from C to JavaScript via C++ and Objective C.
  • Demonstrable familiarity with audio concepts and the ability to think big, as well as offer insight into complex systems.
  • The hands-on expertise to get properly involved, debugging the nastiest issues and optimising our product offering.
  • A calm, capable approach to line management, with experience of coaching and supporting software engineers.
  • The flexibility to fit in with stage-gate development as necessary, as well as familiarity with agile development techniques.
  • Solid planning, resourcing and organisational skills, to carry out regular reviews of project and stage plans and effectively evaluate project progress.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree level qualification in software engineering.
  • Substantial experience in both hands-on software engineering and as software engineering team manager.
  • Demonstrable ability to use research and innovation to propose viable new product ideas and oversee development to make ideas happen.
  • Proficiency in MSOffice, with excellent documentation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Interest in music and the music industry, would be a significant advantage.
Full Time
High Wycombe | United Kingdom

Role Overview

Focusrite is the number one selling audio interface brand worldwide. Our products are used by top performers and professional music studios. Each year, combined with the Novation brand, we introduce a lot of new products, such as audio interfaces and synthesizers, to an already extensive portfolio so we are already widely known and respected: but there is always scope for more.

Given our strong international growth, the potential for media coverage around our brands and products has grown considerably, and we have created this full time position to optimise our media exposure. Reporting to the Artist and Public Relations Manager and working alongside our talented team of writers, product and marketing managers, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of traditional and new media across our brand portfolio, including consumer and trade press, journals, online media and all other above and below the line PR opportunities.

The core role will be managing and developing editorial relationships with UK and global media partners, and identifying and optimising all PR opportunities, from internal appointments and sponsorship deals to global events or artist exposure. There is plenty of organisation and co-ordination involved, and some content generation too. You will therefore need to be quick to spot an opportunity and a confident, effective communicator with energy and infectious enthusiasm. It’s an exciting role with huge scope, and we’re going to need someone with talent, drive and charisma to make the most of it.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manage and develop editorial and media relationships with UK and global media partners to take our coverage further and wider than ever before
  • Work with artist relations (AR) and PR co-ordinator and relevant Sales / Marketing Managers to ensure all products are reviewed and considered for inclusion in broader features
  • Maximise all company-related PR opportunities
  • Generate and communicate case studies and PR for our branded products, such as RedNet
  • Manage press release archive
  • Engage with our Global Events programme to identify and manage PR opportunities; you’ll also work with the AR/PR team to run events when necessary
  • Secure press coverage through relevant artist relationships
  • Ad hoc content generation including blogs, articles, artist stories and any other opportunities you can come up with
  • Management and measurement of the company’s media involvement

Desired Attributes and Experience

  • At least 2 years working in audio, music or related industries
  • Degree level education
  • Proven experience and skill at building and maintaining business relationships to optimise UK and global media partner opportunities
  • Writing and editing skills; we have in-house writers but you’ll need to know what’s good, what’s right, and what could be even better
  • Understanding of both traditional and new media landscapes, including both consumer and trade magazines and publications, and above and below the line campaign management
  • Exceptional organisational, interpersonal and time-management skills
  • The ability to spot an opportunity and make the most of it; creativity, energy and lateral thinking
  • Professional, presentable and polite – you’ll be representing our brands on a global stage, so you’ll need to make us proud
  • Analytical ability to effectively evaluate coverage and media exposure
  • Demonstrable passion for music is a definite plus, as well as an understanding of the music-making and commercial audio worlds
Full Time
High Wycombe | UK

Role Overview
Leading a team of 10+ electronics hardware and firmware engineers, this role forms a part of the Programme Delivery Team, reporting to the Programme Manager. You will be involved in every aspect of the business from upstream R&D, through product development and delivery, to ongoing maintenance of all ‘in market’ products.

You will provide leadership and coaching to your team, developing their capability and productivity to meet the growing needs of the business. You will take on responsibility for feasibility studies and risk assessments, ensuring credible plans are in place for executing the technical scope of new projects. It will be up to you to leverage scale and maximise return on investment, and ensure that all projects are properly resourced and planned so that budgets and timescales are always met. You must ensure consistent excellence in Quality, Ease of Use and Reliability, and have excellent people skills to engage well with multiple departments at all levels.

Desired Attributes

The successful candidate will have:

  • Strong leadership skills to successfully manage and a develop team of 10+, including regular technical status reviews, appraisals, 1:1 coaching, training and career progression planning.
  • Commitment to technical mastery as a discipline, and support the team’s technical development and capability growth.
  • Resource management experience, including recruitment awareness, to ensure adequate staffing levels, and properly resourced projects and maintenance programmes.
  • Effective communication skills, for liaising with multiple departments on numerous complex projects, influencing decision-makers and flagging technical issues and risks. Knowledge must flow seamlessly from upstream R&D to downstream product development and delivery.
  • Excellent technical knowledge and understanding, for credibility when reviewing development strategies, hardware designs, feasibility studies and risk assessments.
  • Excellent attention to detail, ensuring technical feasibility studies from R&D are complete and that your team has a technical right to succeed. All key development risks must be identified and plans put in place to address them early in the project.
  • Ability to identify common technologies cross-product to leverage scale and maximise ROI.
  • Solid planning and organisational skills, to carry out regular reviews of project and stage plans and effectively evaluate project progress.
  • Ability to identify process and productivity improvements in the Hardware and Firmware department, and involve the whole team in their implementation.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree qualified in electrical / electronic engineering.
  • At least 10 years’ experience in both hardware design and as a technical manager of hardware and firmware disciplines, in a medium or high volume commercial electronics product development environment
  • Demonstrable ability to diagnose project risk areas from an electronics and firmware perspective, along with a rounded understanding of the complete product development cycle.
  • Proficient in MSOffice, with excellent documentation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Interest in music and the music industry, would be a significant advantage.
Full Time
High Wycombe | United Kingdom

The Marketing Strategist is responsible for developing and implementing all marketing strategies for both the Novation and Focusrite brand. These will include new product launch strategies; range sustaining strategies and over-arching brand strategies. This role, assisted by the junior marketing strategist, will work alongside both the product owners and the marketing services team. The Marketing Strategist will act as a mentor for the product owners whilst they bring market context to the strategy, gradually developing their strategic marketing acumen. This role will also work closely with the Creative director, utilizing to full effect the expertise of the marketing services team.

Key areas of responsibility

  • Creation and communication of all marketing strategies
  • Mentoring of the Product Owners to build marketing acumen

Abilities and experience required

  • 8+ years experience in developing modern marketing strategies
  • Experience in marketing global brands
  • Demonstrable knowledge of modern digital marketing tactics
  • Formal marketing qualification – Masters or Diploma
  • Strong analytical ability and interpersonal skills
  • Diplomatic, yet tenacious and assertive
  • Experience in motivating and inspiring a large creative team
  • A passion for music making and/or performing
Full Time
High Wycombe | United Kingdom

Overview
An opportunity has arisen to join a fun and sociable Marketing Team at Focusrite – a ‘Top 100 Company’ to work for, who provide great benefits to all staff including encouragement and opportunity for further learning.

The role is within the Online Team who are responsible for a variety of systems across multiple platforms serving the whole company.  These include high profile websites in multiple languages, software delivery mechanisms, a technical knowledge base and internal user interfaces for database interrogation.

The Online Team also serve the company by bringing to fruition global and territory-specific sales and marketing initiatives and identifying opportunity to grow brand and product awareness by utilizing the latest technology.

The person
The role would suit someone with 2-5 years commercial experience with a passion for web development, an interest in database architecture and the eagerness to further develop a commercial career in a sociable environment.

The role requires someone with self-motivation and the ability to work across multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.  At any one time this person will have a combination of projects and smaller tasks.

Essential skills

  • Good written English skills required for final proof reading of web copy, system documentation and customer-facing support.

The following, ideally supported by an online portfolio and examples of application:

  • PHP / MySQL / jQuery / Javascript
  • HTML / CSS (ideally including some HTML5 / CSS3)

Advantageous technical skills

  • Experience of Drupal or other PHP / MySQL-based CMS
  • Browser and device compatibility
  • Experience in creation of test cases and testing

Involvement in:

  • Software activation / online delivery mechanisms including some customer support
  • Server and database administration
  • Back end maintenance and development of Drupal 7 installations
  • System documentation
  • Internal PHP systems
  • Migration of old systems, databases and servers
  • Driving continual improvement in all internal and customer facing systems
Full Time
High Wycombe | United Kingdom

 Duties and Responsibilities

  • To provide 1st and 2nd line internal technical support; answering support queries.
  • To maintain a high degree for all Hardware and Software support queries for employees.
  • To take ownership of user faults and requests and be proactive when dealing with user issues.
  • To log all faults and requests on the ticket logging system.
  • To arrange for external, third party, technical support where problems cannot be resolved in house.
  • To maintain company’s network and infrastructure, run planned maintenance
  • To set up new starters and decommission leavers
  • To manage inventory and assets management
  • To run general IT and Admin tasks
  • To willing study, improve skills and get certified

 Skills / Attributes Required:

  • 1-2 years' experience in IT Department
  • Must be able to develop a good rapport with all colleagues and present a helpful and co-operative manner.
  • Strong knowledge of operating systems with emphasis on Windows 7 and 8, and OSX 10.8 and 10.9
  • Some knowledge of Windows server 2008R2 and 2012R2 (knowledge of Active Directory and Office 365 would be an advantage)
  • Some knowledge of Networking (switches, routers, wifi, IP addressing etc.)
  • Experience with using and troubleshooting Microsoft Office with emphasis on MS Word, MS Excel and MS PowerPoint and Outlook within a network environment (permissions, calendar sharing, delegation)
  • Understanding of PC/server hardware set-up, configuration and upgrades.

 

Full time | Permanent
High Wycombe | United Kingdom

Role Overview

Focusrite has many products in the market and introduce several more each year under the Focusrite and Novation Brands. Our products, such as audio interfaces and synthesizers, are used by top performers and music studios. All our products are designed in the UK, and manufactured in the UK and China.
The strong year-on-year growth of the company has required the creation of this new full-time role at our Head Office in High Wycombe. This role will form part of the Project Management team, and reports to the Programme Manager.

Role Description

The successful candidate will:

  • Be responsible for managing the development and delivery process for new electronic hardware and PC/Mac/iOS software products, across the Focusrite and Novation portfolio, ensuring consistent excellence in Quality, Ease of Use, and Reliability.
  • Apply and manage the Focusrite Project System (FPS), with level one project delivery plans, and detailed stage plans with deliverables and review gates.
  • Work closely with the market segment teams, planning and coordinating the stage deliverables from Product Concept Validation through to 1st Customer Ship. Project ownership will be for the entire process “End to End”, including deliverables from Product Management, R&D, Engineering, Marketing, Sales and Customer Service.
  • Be responsible for estimating project costs, tracking the project performance measures (schedule/cost/quality), and reporting status regularly to the Programme Manager.
  • Contribute as part of the Project Management team, to the successful delivery of the full project programme.

Deliverables & Measures

  • Project Delivery (New Product Initiatives)o    Successfully deliver multiple parallel projects, to the approved schedules, and to the cost and quality targets.
    • Author and maintain project planning and strategy documentation. Project wikis, schedules, and meeting notes, documented and kept up to date for review and on going reference.
    • Plan, lead, and minute work shop meetings and project end stage reviews, as required to execute the project plan. Ensure that the project teams have successfully completed all stage deliverables
    • Work closely with the cross functional delivery teams, managing priorities and resolving work load conflicts.
    • Deliver weekly project status reports, with all project risks and exceptions highlighted clearly and concisely, for presentation to Programme Manager and Project Executive.
    • Produce monthly cost trend reports, with any over/under spend identified, and corrective actions defined.
  • Project Management Process Improvement
    • As part of a team of Project Managers, contribute to the successful delivery of the company’s project programme.
    • Share project learnings with the team, and learn and reapply from other projects, driving continuous improvement in all areas of project delivery.
    • Own a part of the Focusrite Project System, and deliver improvement initiatives that optimise our process, department efficiency and results.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree level education.
  • 2-3 years experience as a Project Manager, able to demonstrate capability to deliver multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proficient in MSProject and MSOffice, with excellent documentation and presentation skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Able to manage multiple priorities, identify critical path activities, and resolve resource constraints.
  • A technical engineering background, would be a significant advantage. Ability to understand and assess the schedule and risk, in the planning and delivery of electronic hardware and software projects.
  • Interest in music and the music industry, would be a significant advantage.

Location and Work hours

  • Role based at the company Head of Office in High Wycombe
  • Hours of work are 9.30 am to 6 pm weekdays.
  • The nature of the role precludes working from home.

Expected Travel

  • No travel as part of the core role execution.
  • Occasional one off trips, to a local or international trade show or production vendor, may be required.
Full time | Permanent
High Wycombe | United Kingdom

Job Description
We are searching for an experienced QA Manager to ensure our products meet the high standards our customers expect.  Reporting to the R&D Manager, you’ll be part of our product team designing and building new Focusrite and Novation products, and maintaining support for existing ones.  You’ll be responsible for our QA approach, activities, processes and tools.  Most importantly you'll manage and mentor our growing QA team, working with them to deliver robust test strategies and products.
Skills & Requirements

An ideal candidate would be:

  • An experienced QA Manager with a product development background
  • Expert in electronics, firmware and software testing techniques
  • Able to see the big picture, but with an eye for detail
  • A proven people manager - clear, supportive and diligent
  • Passionate and knowledgeable about audio and music making!

Experience
We’re looking for significant experience both with QA and management. A degree in science or engineering is not essential, however the ability to demonstrate a rigorous, scientific approach is crucial.  A track record of delivering high quality consumer electronics will help you stand out.

Full time | Permanent
High Wycombe | United Kingdom

We're looking for an outstanding software developer to join our software team.    You'll work with us to specify, design and build new products.  You'll evaluate new technologies, adopt and refine new working practices; and most importantly write lucid, high performance, maintainable code which will form the backbone of new product ranges.

You'll also help us maintain our portfolio, from iOS apps to the desktop (via DSP algorithms, VST plugins and web applications) - but don't worry, we don't expect you to be an expert in all of them!

An ideal candidate would be:

  • Experienced in audio, music and application software
  • Familiar with a variety of programming languages, platforms and operating systems (C++ and iOS experience essential, Windows, OS X, Cocoa and C# also desirable)
  • An excellent designer, debugger and problem solver
  • A clear communicator
  • Pragmatic, curious and flexible
  • Passionate about programming, music and sound

 

Come and help us build amazing apps!

Permanent
High Wycombe, UK

If you don't see anything that quite suits your skill-set but you think we should know about you, especially if you have original and commercially viable product ideas (hard or software) or any other attribute you think we'd be mad to ignore, we want to hear from you. Submit a C.V. here which will be handed to the relevant person in your area of interest and if we think we can find space for you, one of our team will email you directly.