Opportunities

We currently have the following opportunities available:

Freelance frontend software developer
Pay: negotiable
Hours: flexible
Working pattern: flexible
Location: flexible, but must be within reasonable travelling distance of Ely, Cambridgeshire
Deadline for applications: Thursday 22 October 2020

Olsen Verlag is looking to recruit one or more freelance frontend developers. You must be highly proficient in HTML, CSS and JQuery. We are a small business embarking on a new venture, so you should expect a wide range of work and be prepared to work outside your comfort zone. You will, however, always be supported by our director, James Olsen, and the rest of the team.

See also ‘For all opportunities’ below.

Freelance backend software developer
Pay: negotiable
Hours: flexible
Working pattern: flexible
Location: flexible, but must be within reasonable travelling distance of Ely, Cambridgeshire
Deadline for applications: Thursday 22 October 2020

Olsen Verlag is looking to recruit one or more freelance backend developers. You must be highly proficient in PHP and MySQL without relying on frameworks. Ideally you will also be familiar with Linux, Apache, Git, AWS and Google Cloud. We are a small business embarking on a new venture, so you should expect a wide range of work and be prepared to work outside your comfort zone. You will, however, always be supported by our director, James Olsen, and the rest of the team.

See also ‘For all opportunities’ below.

FOR ALL OPPORTUNITIES

About Olsen Verlag
We are a lightweight music publishing and promotion company based in Ely, Cambridgeshire. A social enterprise rather than a conventional trading company, our mission is to bring music to new audiences and to support musicians. To this end, we reinvest our profits so we can expand our activities. We were founded in 2017 and our work so far has mainly focused on new music projects commissioned from our director, the composer James Olsen. This work has combined traditional print publishing, promotion, in-house video production, fundraising, digital communications and project management.

We are currently working on a new venture which will launch at the end of September 2020, and are expanding our team to meet the needs of the business.

We are a ‘dematerialised’ company and our team has always worked remotely and flexibly as freelance contractors. Over the last three years, we have established a strong remote working culture to ensure that everyone is adequately supported and that we get to know each other as a team through regular in-person meetings. We have developed in-house software to manage time recording and work allocation, and have a clear framework for how we conduct remote working.

We believe that society benefits from a high-wage economy and we put our money where our mouth is by paying all our contractors a minimum of £10/hour. We also make one-off completion payments to contractors when certain projects are completed and to reward excellent performance.

About your role
You will be a freelance contractor, not an employee, and there are no fixed hours of work. The amount of work you do is up to you: there is no minimum commitment, and the amount of work you do can vary from week to week depending on your capacity. As a ‘dematerialised’ business, we are committed to flexibility, providing work to our contractors in a way which fits around their other work, study or family commitments. Our contractors record the time they work on our computer system, and invoice the company every month for the work they have done. You will be paid gross, and will be responsible for paying tax to HMRC or any other tax authority to which you may be subject.

Mentoring and training
As a social enterprise, our business does not exist to make money for shareholders, but to benefit our customers, our contractors, the children, young people and adults we engage in our music projects, and the planet. As such, we place great emphasis on mentoring and training our contractors. Many are students, or at the early stages of a career, and all benefit from mentoring and training from our director, James Olsen. James has wide experience as an educator, having supervised music undergraduates at the University of Cambridge since 2006 and taught music to children, young people and adults in a wide variety of contexts. He also has broad business experience, having working as solicitor at a Magic Circle law firm and a major New York law firm over a period of six years. He has also worked as a freelance composer for over twenty years, as a full-time composer since 2016, and as founder and director of Olsen Verlag since 2017.

We expect exceptionally high standards from everyone in our team, and will push you to achieve excellence. We believe this prepares our contractors well for future employment and business opportunities, and is an integral part of the ‘value’ we offer to our contractors.

What we are looking for
We do not require any particular formal qualifications and will consider everyone on their own merits. We want ambitious, hard-working people who aren’t afraid of calling bullshit on the established ways of the world, and are willing to do things differently from everyone else even if that means sticking out. We want problem-solvers willing to get their hands dirty figuring out their own solutions, rather than relying on something out of a can.

We require:
The roles may be suitable for someone who has recently left school, is on a gap year, is studying, or is at the early stage of their career. However, we warmly welcome applications from everyone.

Olsen Verlag is committed to equal opportunities. Your personal data will be held in accordance with our data protection policy.

How to apply
Please send your CV and a covering email explaining why you are interested in the role to our director, James Olsen, at the following email address: olsenverlag at gmail dot com (we have formatted the address in this way to prevent bots from spamming us).

If we wish to progress your application, we may ask you to provide references.

Interviews will take place in person in Ely, Cambridgeshire on Tuesday 27 October and Wednesday 28 October 2020.