always. hiring. makers

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We’re always looking for makers. T-shaped people who know lots, pick up lots more, enjoy working with each other, and get the job done. At MetaBroadcast, it’s fast, it’s high quality, it’s alway open to improvements. It’s less talking, more making. It’s weekly iterations where each person cracks five big problems and fifteen small ones and helps others along. Makers have fun doing it all; it’s how they roll, it’s how they stay happy. If you’re a maker:

  1. meet our recruiting process, it’s fast and refreshing

  2. see how we keep it fun and tasty

  3. check us out for real

and get in touch at me @ metabroadcast dot com or by applying with LinkedIn. Whether you’re after one of the open positions below or happy to carve a place for yourself at MetaBroadcast, start by telling us… why you?

creative technologist (2) | designer at large (1) | happiness officer (1) | lifestyle concierge (1) | project manager (1) | software engineer (5) | systems engineer (1)

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All MetaBroadcast positions are full-time and based in Central London. Due to ridiculous governmental policies, we can’t hire awesome makers unless they already have the right to work in the UK. We can hire from most, but not all EEA countries, and Switzerland, as well as those Commonwealth citizens with UK ancestry who already have a work permit/ visa. This sucks, and there’s no way around it. Washington Post agrees with us. We look forward to hearing from candidates, not recruiters. Allowing an agency to charge 1/3 of a candidate’s annual salary creates less jobs and is a false economy (!). NO AGENCIES. Agencies and other recruiters should not in any way contact MetaBroadcast, attempt to intermediate a hire, or submit CVs to us. We are not responsible for any related fees.

creative technologist: 2 positions

Our Creative Technologists bridge the gap between complex technology and real users. They work on an interesting mix of quick prototypes and products that reach the mass market. We build prototypes in collaboration with some of the biggest names in media, but only when we really like the idea. The best ideas turn into real products, which are used across the industry.

Javascript and HTML on client and node.js on server are the mainstays, but the jobs also include a big dose of sketch wireframes, CSS, and some backend code in other languages. We don’t expect you to know all about Cassandra, Spark and the latest data processing technologies, but working with our Software Engineers will bring you right up to speed.

We are makers—we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real engineering challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our unique recruiting process, and apply now.

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designer at large: 1 position

At MetaBroadcast, Designers at Large create user experiences for our products and the client prototypes we build. They work closely with engineers in building and iterating systems and features that process and present vast amounts of data in useful, elegant, and responsive interfaces. Some of these are seen by thousands but maybe used once a week, while others seen by a select few but used a dozen times a day. We’re talking complex widgets, realtime data visualisations, editing tools, analytics dashboards, mobile apps, product sites and even the odd print product.

Solid design thinking, awareness of technologies and tools used in design and software, and a holistic view of the domain are the core skillset of Designers at Large. Critical thinking in employing the right process and tool for getting the job done are essential. A track record in web or mobile design, usability, information architecture, animation, user experience, photography, user testing, colour theory or typography help in both getting started and diving deeper in areas of interest. Your challenge and drive are to find creative solutions for the online experiences of tomorrow, and move fast at it.

We are makers—we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real engineering challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our unique recruiting process, and apply now.

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happiness officer: 1 position

You’re an energetic person with a keen interest in people and what makes them happy at work and outside it. You have a curious mind and a strong drive to help people improve their happiness levels. You’re great with people and there isn’t much they don’t share with you, as you’re constantly working on helping them advance in life while taking a happy path, and you’re living proof it’s possible.

You love order, knowledge, progress and processes—they simplify life, and free up time you can then invest in creative projects and making things. You’re energised by the success of your colleagues, you get satisfaction from being on top of things, you don’t shy away from hard work and challenges, you love a fun and informal working environment and you’re, well… happy! Because the sun shines, or because there’s no paperwork in this job; with you, it doesn’t take much.

Whether you have a degree in Psychology, Sociology, Communication, HR Management, Business Administration or you’re a self-made coach, whether you read English before graduating recently or you’re an accomplished dancer, if this greenfield position appeals, apply now. If you can’t wait to dive in, be helpful, and shape things hand in hand with the owners, lack of experience at officiating happiness will have no bearing.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our unique recruiting process, and apply now.

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lifestyle concierge: 1 position

You are looking for an office like no other, or a boutique hotel. We have an office like no other, run like a boutique hotel. It allows for a cozy/glam lifestyle (eat cake, run about shoeless, DJ via an office playlist, play hide&seek among big plants), and your job is to maintain that lifestyle. Often quietly in the background—magic matters, sometimes loudly at the front—cheerleading matters.

You are alert, efficient, creative, energetic, a problem solver and a ray of sunshine. You’re keen on details and thrive on keeping order. If you had a mantra, it’d be everything in its place, and a place for everything. Your track record includes cool systems/ processes, but bureaucracy appals you. You love being on top of things, you’re not afraid of hard work, and running about gives you wings.

The owners don’t shy away from the things you’ll be in charge of: from topping up the (champagne coloured!) loo paper to making happen big/ crazy ideas. In this position you will be assisting them, and the team at large with procurement, watering plants, sourcing our legendary cakes, building management, stock keeping, secret missions and much more. And every turn of the road, you will spot opportunities to improve the way things are.

Your job is equal parts organising and doing. You have a desk but rarely use it; most of the time you’re anywhere else. If you aspire to be a concierge in hospitality, this job would give you the leg up. If you’re looking to move into office work from hospitality, this position would aid your transition. If you’re fed up answering phones and making repeat stationary orders, this job would bring you lots more fun and challenges. The Lifestyle Concierge position is unique, and once you get the hang of it, there’s all the space to expand into a role more involved with things the team make, should you wish so.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our unique recruiting process, and apply now.

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project manager: 1 position

Project management at MetaBroadcast is unusual. Our team is largely self-organsing, yet the skills of great project managers go beyond that. Your role is to help keep everything running smoothly—not only through usual organising and chasing, but by evolving our systems and processes, then helping our demanding, lovely clients and our talented team to work with each other.

A taste for working closely with clients is a must. Often you will be the main point of contact when they need new services, or are facing a complex problem. Meanwhile, you will ensure systems are in place for routine queries to be handled automatically, or across our team. We rely on your good judgement to spot and address potential issues before anyone else does. You will be familiar with the usual development methodologies, but not wedded to any particular approach. Your knowledge of the state of the art will help us improve how we do things here, not just follow a template.

We are makers—we spend most of our time making things, rather than talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real engineering and design challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our unique recruiting process, and apply now.

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software engineer: 5 positions

Software Engineers at MetaBroadcast build practical distributed systems. We’re the first to adopt AWS, NoSQL (Mongo, then Cassandra), Hadoop, Storm, Spark (and whatever comes next) when they help us solve difficult problems. We code in Java (Minimalist Java, we call it, to keep it palatable), with the occasional prototype in other languages. We work hard to make sure our build, test, monitoring and hosting systems are nice to use. Our blog posts and talks have established an audience.

The systems we run process huge volumes of data about broadcast and live events (TV, radio, music, social, etc.) in realtime or near. We run sophisticated analytics to help end-users find content, and help clients understand how their content is used. Performance is really important: we want our user interfaces to be fast and responsive, and we process too much data to afford the costs of badly engineered systems.

We are makers—we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real engineering challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our unique recruiting process, and apply now.

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systems engineer: 1 position

Systems Engineers at MetaBroadcast do amazing things. Our systems service millions of end-users with large amounts of data, in realtime, and according to demanding SLAs. We’re always adding features and making things work better. At MetaBroadcast we don’t tolerate systems with poor performance just because there might be a CDN on the front, or poor uptime like everyone would allow a scrappy B2C startup, or slow change like in a big company. We’re about fast, reliable, scalable, and ever improving.

Our systems make heavy use of the latest technology, especially where they easily distribute across instances and datacentres. Cassandra, Kafka, Docker et al are our friends. We’re currently hosted entirely on AWS, but we’re not wedded to them. Our instances are Livestock, not Pets. We have good tools for automatically managing them, because there’s no time to massage instances individually. Finally, we’re very proud of our monitoring, which can graph almost anything, and quickly see the alerts that matter. This makes the life of a Systems Engineer much more pleasant, and allows support duties to be shared with Software Engineers.

We are makers—we spend most of our time making things, not just talking about making things. We’ll always be smaller than other teams with comparable ambitions, and we believe this makes for a better life. Everyone can have their say, work on things that matter to them, and see the results go live to millions. Joining us means real engineering challenges, hard but satisfying work, plenty of opportunity to learn about and use new technology. And quite a few perks.

If this sounds like a breath of fresh air, we’d love to talk. Read about our unique recruiting process, and apply now.

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