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

Design Engineer

Blackstar is a fast growing, dynamic audio engineering company, whose award-winning products are known for innovation and great tone. Founded in 2004 and based in the UK, we have built a team of highly talented individuals working together in pursuit of excellence.

We are now looking for a world-class individual to join our cross-functional R&D team to help to design innovative new products.

If you have a relevant engineering degree, a minimum of three years’ commercial design experience and enjoy working from conception of a product through to PCB, let us save you from an average career.

Job Description:
   View the 'Design Engineer' job description
Job Details:
  • Location: Northampton, UK
  • Ref No: RD006
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Department: Research and Development
Service Engineer
Job Description
Department: Operations
Job Title:  Service Engineer
Reporting to:  Service Manager
Overall purpose of the job:   Support the efficient working of the department to provide excellent customer service to Blackstar's Distributors, dealers and end users. In addition to service work the role will assist with development of prototypes for artists and facilitate communication between R&D and Operations Departments.
Main Activities / Tasks
  • Support the Service Manager in the delivery of the department goals
  • Mentor and provide technical guidance to trainee service engineer as required.
  • Contribute to  the day-to-day management of the department to manage the cost, delivery and quality of all service activities
  • Manage and repair all Blackstar products to meet pre-defined performance targets
  • Ensure that the Blackstar service database is completed and up to date at all times
  • Liaising with UK dealers and end users on technical queries and service/repair issues
  • Liaise with internal departments on all relevant technical and quality issues
In Support of R&D
  • Liaise with R&D and Marketing departments in order to support the development of artist prototypes
  • Under the guidance of a Senior Design Engineer, build artists prototypes and visit artists to discuss the performance requirements
  • Test “spot-buy” and other new components on existing products
  • Support in the development of colour special projects and future product enhancements
Other Duties:
  • Support the day-to-day management of Blackstar loan stock and spares processes
  • Contribute to the Blackstar management team with pro-active suggestions and new ideas
The Person
Person Specification
Education / Qualifications
Ideally the candidate will be familiar with all aspects of guitar amplifier design and manufacture, and will be able to apply their extensive knowledge in a commercial environment
Minimum HNC in electronics or associated engineering subject or 5 years’ experience of electronic service and repair of consumer audio equipment
Training / Technical Skills
Knowledge of valve based audio equipment
An interest in musical instrument and audio technology Also a Guitar player
A demonstrable aptitude for electronics and will have been interested in guitar amps, consumer electronics and circuitry in a previous role
Experience / Knowledge
Working within an engineering development 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
Personality / Characteristics
Culturally aware
Patient and clear thinking
Mature and methodical
Flexible “can do” attitude with the discipline to follow correct processes in a methodical manner
A structured approach
Able to communicate at all levels and environments
Diplomatic, assertive and confident
Team player
Ability to prioritise well
Specific Requirements of the Role
  Will be based at Blackstar HQ in Northampton
Full time, 8:00 – 17:00, Monday - Friday or other hours as required from time to time.
Job Description:
   View the 'Service Engineer' job description
Job Details:
  • Location: Northampton
  • Ref No: SERV-01
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Department: Operations

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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