Full-Stack Web Developer

Tech Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-3383


Job title: Full-Stack Web Developer
Responsible to: Head of Technology, Spinnup
Department: Spinnup
Location of work: 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross

Music is Universal

It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music who help make us Britain’s leading music company. From A&R to finance, legal to digital, sales to marketing, Universal Music is the place to grow and develop your career within a truly commercial and innovative business that leads in everything it does.

Everyone is welcome to apply for our roles, and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, age, marital status, background, pregnancy or caring responsibilities. We also recognise the importance of diversity of thought within our teams and are fully committed to embracing the talents of people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other forms of neurocognitive variation.

We will always seek to make appropriate adjustments to recruitment, workplaces, and work processes to be fully inclusive to people with different needs and working styles. If you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for you from application onwards, including alternatives to the online form or to disclose a neurocognitive condition, please email Helen@umusic.com


The A Side: A Day in The Life

Spinnup is Universal Music’s digital distribution platform. Artists use our platform to distribute their music to global services like Spotify and Apple Music. 

We have a rare opportunity for a full-stack web developer to join our small, friendly and dynamic team. Your contributions will help talented new musicians upload their music, monitor their streaming, sales and social media performance, promote themselves online and manage their catalogue. We are looking for a good communicator, quick learner, someone who enjoys sharing skills and can work independently. Above all, someone who is committed and passionate about providing top-class products for our users.

The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Technical

  • Designing and developing new features, both frontend and backend
  • Investigating and resolving defects

Be Operational

  • Estimating and planning development tasks
  • Identifying and implementing improvements for reliability, scalability and performance

Be Collaborative

  • Helping to assure the quality of other team members’ code
  • Working collaboratively to tackle complex problems and make decisions

Personal Specification


  • Experience of using Git (CLI)
  • Experience using PHP7 and either Laravel or Symfony
  • Solid understanding of REST APIs and relational databases
  • JavaScript framework – strong preference for React.JS and Redux
  • Knowledge of Webpack & SCSS
  • Knowledge of responsive concepts and how to implement them
  • Good understanding of current and emerging trends of the web platform
  • Excellent communication skills and a passion for teaching others
  • Ability to learn and contribute very quickly


  • AWS experience
  • Docker experience
  • Experience with modern JavaScript testing, debugging and automation techniques
  • Appreciation of good UX and design and an ability to contribute ideas to their improvement
  • Desire to work in the music industry

Bonus Tracks: Your Benefits

  • Group Personal Pension Scheme (between 3% and 9%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 25 paid days of annual leave
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan
  • Holiday Purchase scheme
  • Dental and Travel Insurance options
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Cars
  • Subsidised Gym Membership
  • Employee Discounts (Reward Gateway)

Just So You Know…

The company presents this job description as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the jobholder is accountable. However, the business operates in an environment that demands change and the jobholder's specific responsibilities and activities will vary and develop. Therefore, the job description should be seen as indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.