Careers at Songza

The only thing more awesome than listening to great music from Songza is being part of the team that makes Songza tick. We’re passionate about building products that are useful, simple, and delightful. Songza is a lifestyle enhancement service. Our goal is to make the things our users do every day better. Our free streaming music service has expert-made playlists for every occasion and makes it outrageously easy to find the right one, at the right time.

Songza is one of the most exciting startups in NYC. We’ve been named among the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Music by Fast Company, an Editors’ Choice app by Apple, Google Play and PC Mag, as well as an ‘App Store Best of 2012’ by Apple. In July 2013, Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented us with a New York City Neighborhood Achievement Award . We’ve been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, TechCrunch, and Mashable. Most importantly, we delight millions of users like these:

  • The Songza app is like your much cooler friend who always has the perfect song for every moment. @OliviaWilde
  • Songza is making my workday so much better right now. @_DrunkBlonde
  • @Songza officially makes mornings 1000x better.‏@allisonplove
  • Songza makes running so much more enjoyable. @nixhaley
  • So @alfredoflores just showed me @songza for workout playlists. Why didn't any of my 26 million best friends show me this? #whichplaylist. @JustinBieber
  • Starting to think Songza is better than a boyfriend. It knows exactly how to make me happy. @perfectcompanyy
  • Falling to sleep: Songza. Waking up: Songza. Working out: Songza. My life is forever changed. @JonUchacz

Songza is in the Long Island City neighborhood of New York City. We’re one subway stop from Grand Central Station and you can practically spit into the East River from our office. Besides a breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline, Long Island City has great food options and good neighborhood bars. Our office is a funky, open, industrial space, and will never be featured in the Herman Miller catalog.

Over the last 7 years, our team have become expert and highly regarded players in a complex media landscape -- prior to Songza, we founded AmieStreet.com and sold the brand and customer base to Amazon in 2010. Songza’s fast growth, high app ratings and word-of-mouth buzz has us poised for a fun, successful 2014. We work hard. We play music all day. We high five when awesome things happen. We love what we do.

Available Positions

Android Development Lead

Songza is looking for somebody who can take over all phases of development, testing, and deployment of our existing Android products, and drive all new development efforts. You will be responsible for recruiting and mentoring an additional Android engineer to fill out our mobile development team.

You will work closely with our backend team to interface with the Songza HTTP API, and our graphic design experts to build a beautiful and fun to use user experience.

You love shipping code. You love music. You have worked on large scale software projects. Like all our engineers, you are language-agnostic, but you're also a Java wizard. You believe in automated testing and code review.

You need to be able to work in a fast-paced, cloud-based development environment. We ship frequent updates to our mobile products to implement new features, fix bugs, and keep the user experience fresh.

We're not slaves to any particular methodology, but neither do we believe in cowboy coding. Our goal is to find just enough structure to keep things from turning into chaos without getting bogged down in meaningless process.

We don't have any hard and fast checklist of requirements, but these are the sorts of things we're looking for:

  • Thorough knowledge of using Eclipse IDE and Android SDK
  • Experience leading a development team
  • Experience building Android apps from scratch utilizing standard SDK techniques
  • Experience creating custom UI elements
  • Experience delivering streaming media on Android
  • Have shipped a commercialy viable Android app
  • A bachelors in computer science or other relevant experience
  • 2+ years of Android development experience
  • Experience with HTTP, JSON, and REST Web Services

Most important, you must love working in a high-speed environment, on a small team where everybody makes a difference. Your ability to drive technical decisions is a function of how good your design and code are, not your job title or how well you dress.

To apply, send resume (Word, PDF or URL) and cover letter to tech-jobs@songza.com.

iOS Engineer

As an iOS engineer, you will be responsible for all phases of development and testing, and deployment of our iOS products. You will work closely with our backend team to interface with the Songza HTTP API, and our graphic design experts to build a beautiful and fun to use user experience.

You love shipping code. You love music. You have worked on large scale software projects. Like all our engineers, you are language-agnostic, but you're also an Objective-C wizard. You believe in automated testing and code review.

You need to be able to work in a fast-paced, cloud-based development environment. We ship frequent updates to our mobile products to implement new features, fix bugs, and keep the user experience fresh.

We're not slaves to any particular methodology, but neither do we believe in cowboy coding. Our goal is to find just enough structure to keep things from turning into chaos without getting bogged down in meaningless process.

We don't have any hard and fast checklist of requirements, but these are the sorts of things we're looking for:

  • 2+ years Objective-C and iOS programming experience
  • Experience building universal apps and implementing custom views
  • Automated testing of applications
  • A solid understanding of HTTP and RESTful webservices
  • Experience with some form of version control (we use mercurial)
  • A bachelors in computer science or equivalent experience

Most important, you must love working in a high-speed environment, where everybody makes a difference. Code we write in the morning is often in production the same afternoon. Your ability to drive technical decisions is a function of how good your design and code are, not your job title or how well you dress.

To apply, send resume (Word, PDF or URL) and cover letter to tech-jobs@songza.com.

Don't See What You're Looking For?

Just because we don't list your dream job, that doesn't mean we don't want to hear from you. We've got a number of positions (engineering and otherwise) in the pipeline that we're not actively recruiting for right now. If the perfect person came along, we'd jump at the chance to bring them on board earlier than planned. Just send us a resume and a cover letter explaining why your life (and our employee list) won't be complete until you're part of the Songza team.

For engineering jobs, send to tech-jobs@songza.com. For all other postions, jobs@songza.com. If you send to the wrong address, we can usually figure out what you meant and get it to the right person, but we'll make fun of you. So don't do that.

See Us On Campus

Songza participates in several academic career fairs over the year.

We'll be posting specific schools as we finalize our plans this summer, but if you're interested in getting your career off to a great start with Songza, there's no need to wait for us to visit your campus. Just drop an email to tech-jobs@songza.com (for engineering postions) or jobs@songza.com (for other postions). We'd love to talk with you.

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