Jobs


GUITAR TECHNICIAN based at PEACH GUITARS in Colchester.

Due to our continued growth, we are looking to recruit an additional GUITAR TECHNICIAN to assist us full time over a 5 day week. Working under the guidance of our Head Technician you will assist in all aspects of guitar maintenance and quality control.
Your responsibilities will include QC on outgoing products, general guitar maintenance and set ups, customer repairs and queries, warranty repairs and pick up installation and electrical issues. As part of the Warehouse team there may also be additional warehouse responsibilities.
We are looking for someone with a sound product knowledge and a real passion for guitars, we have a pretty large catalogue of products and many exclusive lines so there is a lot to take on board.
If you would like to be considered for the role please send your CV over to ryan@peachguitars.com.

 Marketing & Product Specialist: Electronic Keyboard Division
YAMAHA Music Europe GmbH (UK)

The Role

We are looking for a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Marketing and Product Specialist to join the Marketing Strategy group at Yamaha Music UK, to oversee our comprehensive portfolio of digital pianos, hybrid pianos and home keyboards.

Working with a motivated team, and reporting to the UK Marketing Director you will develop and implement in the UK market the European marketing strategy, which supports the key areas of our product line up and includes close cooperation with artists, influencers, and overseeing agencies, marketing and content creation.

If you are able to achieve extraordinary outcome through collaborative working, strong communication skills, courage to try new ways and the ability to think customer centric, then be a part of Yamaha Music UK team.

This role requires a flexible approach to working including a degree of travel around the UK and into Europe, working from home and our offices in Milton Keynes.

Responsibilities 

  • Influence EKB sales in all market sectors
  • Supporting Yamaha staff, our freelance team and our retail network in-depth product knowledge through regular training sessions and circulation of product information
  • Ensure product information is accurate in all online and offline material, supporting the development of online content for Yamaha retailers
  • Monitor the UK market place in terms of Yamaha and its competitors
  • Develop, co-ordinate and implement the Pan European EKB marketing plan
  • Generate ideas and powerful marketing initiatives which are inline and contributing to our overall marketing goals and business strategies
  • Attend and contribute to local and European marketing meetings and local sales meetings
  • Oversee all PR, marketing and content creation from any artist, influencer or venue Partnerships
  • Attend any relevant events, concerts and festivals
  • Monitor non-good stock and loans, ensuring stock levels are managed within guidelines
  • Manage the allocated advertising and promotions budget
  • Delivering Monthly (or as required) reports to our HQ and UK Marketing Director
  • Working as a proactive and collaborative member of the wider Marketing Strategy team

Your Profile and Skills

  • A professional who can learn fast and has “passion for keys product range and market
  • A product orientated background with understanding of the Yamaha advantage and competitor brands
  • Minimum of 2 years industry experience in marketing products and /or planning customer focussed campaigns
  • An understanding of what drives business
  • A genuine passion for marketing with good understanding of digital communication
  • Strong relationship building skills and networking ability
  • Strong ability to develop product campaign messaging
  • Able to manage multiple projects and priorities and meet deadlines
  • Team oriented with an approachable attitude
  • A solution seeker, not a problem spotter
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – comfortable delivering reporting and recommendations to all management levels
  • Full driving license

Software 

  • MS Office
  • Windows 10
  • Working knowledge of Adobe CS (InDesign and Photoshop)

If you’d like to apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to:

Nikki.brooks@music.yamaha.com


2 vacancies: Design Project Researcher & Service Engineer

Position: Design Project Researcher
Location: Northampton, UK

Blackstar are recruiting for a truly unique position – the dream role for a guitar player who is passionate about guitars and audio gear; has their finger on the pulse of the market; is product focused, knows what’s cool, what’s new and upcoming. The successful candidate will be joining our award-winning team, helping to drive the development of Blackstar’s industry-redefining products.

The company:

Launched in 2007, Blackstar is an internationally recognised and respected guitar amplification company. We are a team of musicians who are truly passionate about what we do, and who understand the importance of great tone.

Blackstar is based in Northampton, England, with over 100 years’ combined experience in guitar amplification design and production. Our team pioneer change in the industry and have a strong commitment to driving transformational innovation in all of our products. Blackstar products are the best in the world for design, technology and performance – we are setting the standard for the industry.

The role:

Due to continued business growth, we are looking to appoint a Design Project Researcher to join our established team on a full-time basis. This is a very diverse position, but you will primarily be providing a key role in supporting the research and specification of new products within our products team. This is an active role where collaboration with people across the Company and wider world is essential.

The duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Championing Human Centred Design (HCD) in our products, through the delivery of user/market research, product definition and design. You will be helping to inspire change and innovation within the business and marketplace.
  • Contributing to the overall design of innovative products and solutions to meet musicians’ needs, researching and translating these needs into desirable products.
  • Research our marketplace, plan and conduct user feedback interviews and surveys, collect and analyse feedback, comments, and surveys and produce information reports summarising the results and insights. Ultimately providing design recommendations based on user needs.
  • Assisting in predicting product direction based on competitor, technology, and product trends, coordinating our research phase of user centred design.
  • Supporting the New Product Introduction (NPI) process, from discussing and developing new ideas to having responsibility for producing NPI documentation according to the Blackstar Quality Management System (QMS).
  • Liaise with R&D, Marketing and other departments to prepare New Product Design Briefs.
  • Chair and drive new product meetings.
  • Work closely with our Project Managers to define products and support their timely delivery.
  • Sourcing direct customer/end user feedback and producing reports as required (e.g., forum reports) summarising the gathered data.

Other duties:

  • Producing product and support content for use in print and online.
  • Helping to coordinate Blackstar’s New Product Team, attending meetings when required and taking minutes and actions.

The ideally sought candidate will possess the following:

  • First-class Degree-qualified, with experience in HCD principles.
  • Experience working in a Marketing or Product Design team.
  • Guitar player with strong interest in audio gear and technology.
  • A practical interest in product design, with an inquisitive mind.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Highly organised.
  • Expertise in guitar amplifier set-ups and operation.
  • Independent and self-reliant, being able to work without close supervision.
  • Present a flexible customer-orientated approach to work

The below skills would be beneficial, however not essential:

  • Experience with project ownership and project coordination.
  • Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator design skills.

The Person fit:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills.
  • Highly organised.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Independent and self-reliant.
  • A flexible approach to work.
  • Driven, Passionate and a definite go-getter.

The Environment:

Blackstar is a unique environment; we are all musicians and the dress code is very relaxed. Our teams are experts in their field and we are incredibly passionate about our products and the industry as a whole. Most of our world-class team have worked in the music industry for a long time, and we are looking for candidates who wish to grow with the company and share in our current and future success.

Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, with a willingness to work extra hours as and when required to achieve project deliverables to schedule. Flexible approach to working hours/environment where required, according to business needs.

If you share our passion, approach your work with pride, are driven by innovation, want to be the best and help to grow our global brand to its highest potential – we would love to hear from you.

Please apply with an up-to-date CV for an immediate response. We are looking to hold interviews ASAP, for which an initial telephone conversation would be the first step.

Find out more and apply here: blackstaramps.com/uk/careers

Position: Service Engineer
Location: Northampton, UK

Blackstar are recruiting for a unique position within our Service Department, an ideal role for a guitar player who possesses an academic or commercial background in electronics, who is passionate about guitars and audio gear. The successful candidate would be joining our respected service team and you will play a key role in supporting our customers on a daily basis.

The role:

Blackstar are looking to appoint a Service Engineer to join our established business on a full-time basis. This is a very diverse position, but you will primarily be tasked with providing a first-class customer support and repairs service to Blackstar’s Distributors, dealers and end users.

The duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Hands-on repair to component level of all Blackstar products to meet pre-defined performance targets.
  • Provide technical support to engineers in the field.
  • Implement new work flows and instructions as required providing reports on departmental performance (KPIs).
  • Ensure that the Blackstar service database is completed and up to date at all times.
  • Maintain Blackstar’s Service FTP site.
  • Oversee the efficient logistics of all returned products.
  • Management of the stock and logistics of spares and consumable parts.
  • Shipment of spares.
  • Liaising with UK dealers and end users on technical queries and service/repair issues.
  • Liaise with Quality & Approvals Assistant on all relevant technical and quality issues.
  • Liaise with UK Area Sales Manager on service and warranty issues as required.

You will also be involved with:

  • Overseeing the repair, servicing and dispatch of Blackstar loan stock.
  • Contribute to the Blackstar management team with pro-active suggestions and new ideas.
  • Implement and maintain 5S procedures.
  • KPI reporting as applicable to role.
  • Support HSE tasks and maintenance of a safe place of work as required with first aider/ fire marshall duties.
  • AQL Testing of each new delivery into UK Market and reporting any issues found.

 The ideally sought candidate will possess the following:

  • Minimum HNC in electronics or associated engineering subject or 5 years’ experience of electronic service and repair of consumer audio equipment.
  • A demonstrable aptitude for electronics repair and will have been interested in guitar amps, consumer electronics and circuitry in a previous role.
  • Will have worked in commercial electronics environment in a similar role for a minimum of 5 years, with experience of talking to end users in both written and verbal form.

The below skills would be beneficial, however not essential:

  • Knowledge of valve-based audio equipment
  • An interest in musical instrument and audio technology A guitar player
  • Working within a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) structure.
  • Culturally aware.
  • Patient and clear thinking.
  • Mature and methodical.
  • Familiar with all aspects of guitar amplifier design and manufacture, and will be able to apply their extensive knowledge in a commercial environment

 The Person fit:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills.
  • Highly organised.
  • A structured approach.
  • Able to communicate at all levels and environments.
  • Diplomatic, assertive and confident.
  • Team player.
  • Ability to prioritise well.
  • Excellent customer focus.

The Environment:

Blackstar is a unique environment; we are all musicians and the dress code is very relaxed.

Our teams are experts in their field and we are incredibly passionate about our products and the industry as a whole.

Most of our staff have worked in the industry for a long time and we are looking for candidates who wish to grow with the company and share in our current and future success.

Office hours are 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, with a willingness to work extra hours as and when required to achieve project deliverables to schedule.

If you share our passion, approach your work with pride, are driven by innovation, want to be the best and help to grow our global brand to its highest potential – we would love to hear from you.

Please apply with an up-to-date CV for an immediate response. We are looking to hold interviews ASAP, for which an initial telephone conversation would be the first step.

Find out more and apply here: blackstaramps.com/uk/careers


 

 

 

 

Andertons Music Company

Due to the continued success of Andertons Music, we are currently looking to add additional high calibre personnel to work at our retail superstore in Guildford.

Andertons are currently recruiting for 2 roles:

  • Mail Order Sales Consultant – Guitar: read more
  • Full-time Guitar Sales Consultant: read more

If you are interested in any of these please apply on the website careers page or email jobs@andertons.co.uk


Rocksteady Music School 

Various Roles

There’s a wide range of jobs available with Rocksteady Music School, check them out here: boards.greenhouse.io/rocksteadymusicschool/


 

Focusrite has a number of openings in High Wycombe

To see these please go to focusrite.workable.com