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Blackstar アンプリフィケーションは2004年、英国ののノーサンプトンから始まり、2007 年に正式に事業を開始しました。 演奏者の期待を上回る革新的なアンプ製品を設計する創設チームの情熱に突き動かされ、今日 Blackstarは世界 50 カ国以上で製品を販売し、アンプ市場における主要な国際的ブランドとなっています。 Blackstarの チームは年と共に成長を続け、 MI 業界で最もエキサイティングなブランドの 1 つとして他社との違いをもたらすため、常に才能と意欲にあふれた志を共にする人々の意見に熱心に耳を傾けています。

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Digital Audio Electronics Engineer
Position: Digital Audio Electronics Engineer
Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
Salary: Negotiable depending on experience
 
Launched in 2007, Blackstar are an internationally recognised Amplification company. We are a company of musicians who we are truly passionate about what we do and understand the importance of great tone - whether practicing at home or on stage in a live environment.
 
Blackstar are based in Northampton, England with over 50 years combined experience in guitar amplification design and production. We are totally committed to providing people with the ultimate tools for self-expression.
 
Due to continued business growth we are looking to appoint a number of Audio Electronics Engineers to join our established team on a full-time permanent basis. This is an important position within the R&D team and you will be key in driving the development of new audio products from initial design, through to production and post-production maintenance.
 
The duties and responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
  • Assisting with the design, input and modification of digital & analogue electronic schematics, with guidance from the Chief Engineer and wider team.
  • Undertaking the building and testing of electronic prototypes.
  • Advising and assisting with the sourcing of components for prototype production and testing.
  • Writing and performing new audio product tests, recording and presenting results.
  • Setting up Speaker test environments.
  • Brainstorming new product ideas and technical requirements/ specifications.
  • Communicating with UK and overseas teams on project-specific topics.
  • Assisting other day-to day technical activities of the R&D department.
  • Possible, infrequent overseas travel as required - this is not essential, however can be an exciting opportunity for an engineer to broaden their knowledge and experience.
 
The ideally sought candidate will possess the following:
  • Degree qualified in electronics or similar engineering subject.
  • 2+ years’ commercial experience in electronic design, ideally in audio electronics.
  • Audio experience working with ADC/DAC (Analogue/Digital Converters) and associated components, Op-amps etc.
  • High speed digital electronics experience, working with microcontrollers, DSPs etc.
  • PCB layout experience.
 
The below skills would be beneficial, however not essential.
  • Commercial proficiency using Altium design software.
  • Appreciation of EMC and its considerations during design.
  • Experience using Audio Precision test equipment.
  • Experience with project coordination, helping to deliver a project from concept through to delivery.
 
The Person fit
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills.
  • Guitar or bass player is preferred.
  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Independent and self-reliant.
  • A flexible approach to work.
 
Environment
  • Blackstar is a very unique environment; we are all musicians and 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.
  • Flexible approach to working hours/environment where possible, according to business needs.
 
Please apply with an up to date CV for an immediate response. We are looking to hold interviews asap of which an initial telephone conversation would be the first step.
 
 
Job Description:
   View the 'Digital Audio Electronics Engineer ' job description
Job Details:
  • Location: Northampton
  • Ref No: KM0220
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Department: Research and Development
Senior Service Engineer
Position: Service Engineer
Location: Northampton, UK
 
Blackstar are recruiting for a unique position within our Service Department, a dream 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 company:
Launched in 2007, Blackstar is an internationally recognised and respected guitar amplification company. We are a company of musicians who are truly passionate about what we do and understand the importance of great tone.
 
Blackstar is based in Northampton, with over 50 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 standards for the industry norms.
 
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.
 
 
Job Description:
   View the 'Senior Service Engineer' job description
Job Details:
  • Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Ref No: SD080221
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Department: Operations
Design Project Researcher
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.
  • Inquisitive.
  • 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.
 
Job Description:
   View the 'Design Project Researcher' job description
Job Details:
  • Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Ref No: KM2202DP
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Department: Marketing
DSP Engineer
Position: DSP Engineer 
Location: Northampton, UK
 
Blackstar are recruiting for a guitar playing, audio-specific DSP engineer to join our established R&D team. This is a key role within the department and our software team.
 
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 and large product roadmap, we are looking to appoint someone looking for a long-term career opportunity, who wants to help our team and business grow. This is an exciting and diverse position, where you will be primarily providing efficient DSP programming & testing in all Blackstar digital products, through full project life cycle – from early research and prototypes, through to mass production.

The duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to
  • 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
  • Testing own code, both digitally and sonically on amps and products throughout the process.
  • 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.)
 
The ideally sought candidate will possess the following
  • Qualified to degree level or above in a relevant subject 
  • Guitar player, with first-hand understanding of products in the wider Musical Instrument market
  • Several years (minimum 2+) commercial experience as an Audio-specific DSP Engineer
  • DSP development for embedded hardware
  • Practical experience using the JUCE framework
  • Experience in assembler-level optimisation (ARM Cortex M/SHARC) to build and test own work
  • Experience in testing audio algorithms and audio processing blocks
  • Excellent demonstrable Embedded C programming skills
  • Excellent C++ (OOP) programming skills
  • Solid understanding of fundamental DSP theory
  • Critical listening experience
  • Strong understanding of software engineering principles
  • Understanding of/experience developing VST plugins
 
Additionally, sought Experience / Knowledge:
  • Optimisation on out-of-order architectures
  • Real-world modelling of audio systems
  • Independent and self-reliant, being able to work without close supervision, in addition to having a team mentality
  • Working within a KPI (Key Performance Indicator) structure
 
The Person fit:
  • Able to work from Blackstar HQ in Northampton, UK, full-time, with the wider Blackstar R&D team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • Looking for a long-term career
  • Highly organised
  • Independent and self-reliant
  • A flexible approach to work.
  • Passion for the music industry
  • 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. This role requires working at the Blackstar HQ with the R&D team in Northampton, UK, full-time.
 
Job Description:
   View the 'DSP Engineer' job description
Job Details:
  • Location: Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Ref No: DSP1703
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Department: Research and Development

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