Backend Engineer

Job description

Primephonic is a digital music start-up that has been dubbed by the media as ‘the Spotify of classical music’. With the best 100% classical music streaming service we seek to reinvent the digital classical music experience and reignite a global passion for the genre. Classical music lovers are currently heavily underserved in the digital space, we have the ambition to change this by offering the world’s most extensive classical music catalogue, with the highest audio quality and the best search in the industry. At the same time, we also pay out classical artists in a fairer way. Primephonic launched its streaming service (iOS, Android and web) in the United States, United Kingdom and The Netherlands this Fall. Our global roll out is planned for 2019. Based in Amsterdam, with a commercial office in New York City, our rapidly growing team is home to over 30 music lovers of ten different nationalities.


As a Backend Engineer at Primephonic, you will have a decisive role in defining the technical roadmap and establishing the backbone of our business. You will get to work with a ridiculously modern technology stack, in well-designed, well-maintained and well-tested projects.

Our platform is made up of several different systems. From robust APIs powering our apps, to music label reporting, to complex musical metadata matching, to high-throughput streaming services, which are all crucial to our business. We can’t wait to show you the tech powering it all!


Who are you?

As an early engineering hire at Primephonic, you are someone not afraid of new challenges. You’re confident with your coding skills as you have a few years of work experience in a startup already, but you’re not content with just solving problems…you want to solve the right problems. This is where your critical thinking and analytical mindset should come into play, by having the perfect combination of tech skills and product mindset, to help prioritize, optimize, and together with the team, build the most solid streaming service available.

Your background

  • At least 3+ years of working as a software engineer

  • Advanced level of Typescript / Javascript

  • Experience in data processing

  • Developing and operating service-oriented architectures

  • Experience with relational as well as NoSQL databases

Even better if you have:

  • Experience in serverless architectures

  • Elasticsearch modeling knowledge

  • Experience in distributed systems, database design

  • Experience in high throughput streaming servers

What will you do?

  • Design and deliver new features and APIs

  • Implement data processing pipelines

  • Develop scalable, reliable and reusable solutions

  • Optimize streaming services

Some technologies we work with

  • Node.js, TypeScript, JavaScript

  • Express, Yarn, Bash, CircleCI, Docker

  • AWS (EC2, Lambdas, Elastic Beanstalk, etc.)

  • MongoDB, Elasticsearch, PostgreSQL


  • You will get a non-sugarcoated insight in the world of streaming services and the way we disrupt the market.

  • Purpose driven organization: our product makes people truly happy

  • You will join a very inspiring, global, international young team of 30 music lovers from 10 different countries.

  • Great office life, masterclasses, monthly office outings & strategy sessions, fresh cooked lunch, and Friday afternoon drinks with live music in our office!

  • Good compensation and a contribution to the pension scheme. 

  • 25 holidays

  • Last but not least a free subscription to the Primephonic app!

Please note that you must be eligible to work in the Netherlands to apply for this role.