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Bandcamp
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Bandcamp’s mission is to create the best possible service for artists and labels to share and earn money from their music, and for fans to discover and enjoy it.

Bandcamp seeks an experienced analyst to lead our small data team. With your superlative communication skills and expertise interpreting real-world data, you’ll help define research questions and provide empirical answers to those questions, while steering the development of our nascent data practice.

Bandcamp is a global music community where fans discover great music and directly support the artists who make it. We believe that music is an indispensable part of culture, and for that culture to thrive, artists—no matter their identity, community, or genre—must be compensated fairly and transparently for their work.

You will:

  • Guide development of the team’s vision, oversee its projects, and shepherd its standards and processes.

  • Work with all teams and types to shape and answer a delightfully diverse range of questions.

  • Work especially closely with the product and design teams to understand the vagaries of user behavior.

  • Engineer pragmatic analytic approaches in R and SQL, improving our toolkit along the way.

  • Present results in lucid, engaging prose, variously supported by tables and visualizations.

  • Help design, engineer, and maintain dashboards, reports, and data pipelines.

  • Spelunk application code and database schema to better understand what is represented where (and why).

You have:

  • Experience leading a team, and an interest in developing or strengthening your people management skills (formal management experience welcome but not required).

  • The ability to convey occasionally esoteric technical concerns in an illuminating way, to virtually anyone with any background.

  • Broad knowledge of practical statistical methods (and pitfalls), coupled with serene analytic reasoning abilities.

  • 3+ years of real-world analysis and engineering experience with SQL, R, and Python.

  • Experience working closely with a non-technical team that made use of your analyses.

What is your Interview process like?

Our hiring generally follows these steps:

  • Application review We select candidates who fulfill the skills and experience outlined in the job description, and we aim to respond to everyone within two weeks.

  • Take-home task You’ll get a take-home task that closely parallels the kind of work you’d be doing at Bandcamp. It’s a way for you to get a sense of Bandcamp, and for us to see how you work. We’ll get back to you within two weeks after receiving your take-home.

  • Initial video interview The hiring team lead will meet with you and outline in advance what the conversation will cover. If that goes well, we’ll discuss salary expectations to make sure we’re in the same range.

  • Hiring team interviews. Three or four of us will interview you individually, using a mix of Slack and Zoom, and a set of questions we’ve prepared in advance. This might feel a bit more formal than some other kinds of interviews, but we do this in order to focus on how candidates fulfill the criteria for the position rather than on whether you and the interviewer might like the same bands or type of dessert. Our questions tend to focus on experiences you have had at recent or former workplaces, how you might approach a challenge we’re currently facing, and your familiarity with skills or tools needed for the work.

  • References. We talk to a few of your references.

  • Offer. If all goes well, we move directly to an offer. Some of our positions include a part-time trial for a few weeks. If that’s the case, we’ll let you know at the very start of the hiring process and we’ll work with your schedule. When we conduct trials, we offer them just to those people we’re enthusiastic about hiring, to give you and us time to assess what it’s like to work together.

What efforts are you making in terms of increasing diversity & inclusion within your company?

Bandcamp is a global music community where fans directly support the artists they love. We believe that music is an indispensable part of culture and that artists—no matter their identity, community, genre, or size—must be compensated fairly and transparently for their work. Bandcamp welcomes and celebrates all manner of variance in ethnicity, race, culture, gender, and sexual orientation, among artists and our staff. And we take a stand on issues that matter to us and our communities. Each year we donate to EarthJustice to support their work on climate change and to NAACP LDF, to support their fights for racial justice. In the neighborhood of our store and performance space in Oakland we partner with organizations that create opportunities for people of color. And we match the donations our staff make each year to support social change and social good organizations.

We work with colleges and universities that have a track record of graduating a high proportion of women and Black/Latinx, and develop relationships with student groups with the goal of hiring under-represented people in tech. We also have developed a hiring process that is based on research about ways to reduce the biases that all of us have.

The dedication to diversity and inclusion starts with our CEO and is something we value across Bandcamp. We know that, even as a small company, we have the ability to open doors to people who are under-represented in tech, and that can have a ripple effect. In a recent staff survey, more than four out of five staff said they felt that Bandcamp leadership and individual managers have made diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority.

How to apply

Please fill out this application and we’ll get back to you soon. We’re posting this role first with communities that prioritize diversity so you won’t see it yet on Bandcamp’s jobs page.



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