As of this writing, two jobs were posted on Avid’s careers site (click on “Search openings” and then search for Montréal as the city). The full time jobs were posted on October 20, 2015 and were for the positions of “principal software developer” and “software developer – music notation.”
Both job descriptions were the same; the full text is posted below:
Avid is looking to hire a C++ developer to work on Sibelius, the world’s most popular music notation software. The candidate should have a strong technical background with knowledge of music notation.
- BS or MS in Computer Science or equivalent degree
- High level of C++ object oriented programming experience and expertise
- Experience with cross-platform Windows and OSX development on large projects
- Experience working with a cross-platform UI layer such as Qt and/or working directly with Cocoa and Windows API’s
- Familiarity with music notation
- Strong English language skills, written and oral
- Excellent communication and team skills
- Self-Starter with the ability to work independently
- Experience with a large legacy code base
- Knowledge of scripting languages, such as Python, Bash, PowerShell
- Notation, MIDI and/or audio programming experience
- Experience with Agile Development
Tim Carroll, Avid’s vice president for audio products, told me the reason for the move was that “we’re adding more resource development for Sibelius and trying to centralize on a team based on a market where the skill set required — high skill engineers with extensive music notation background — is plentiful.”
Montréal was an attractive choice for Avid due to its highly educated and bilingual workforce, excellent universities, and proximity to major North American markets. It was the host city for the 2015 Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) conference and will host the 2016 Music Encoding Conference.
I spoke with Tim when he visited New York for the recent Audio Engineering Society convention in October. Tim is an 18-year veteran Avid employee with a music background that includes playing jazz piano and composing music for clients such as Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola and The Home Depot. Before assuming his new role as vice president for audio products (including Sibelius) in June of this year, Tim had been a vice president for sales at Avid.
He acknowledged that Sibelius innovation had slowed over the past three years, and was keenly aware of what happened when Avid closed the Finsbury Park office three years ago.
When Tim came on board to oversee all of Avid’s audio products, he was pleased with the recent improvements to Sibelius Cloud Publishing, but he was concerned about the lack of progress and innovative features Sibelius had seen over the past few years. He said, “We have an excellent product manager in Sam Butler and product designer in Joe Pearson. But it became clear that in order to move forward, we needed to have a specific skill set for our main development team: excellent developer skills plus both a background and passion for the art of of music notation. Montréal is proving to be a great resource for people that fit that description.”
Tim said that several members of the new Montréal team had already been hired and stressed that their sole responsibility will be Sibelius development. Programmers in Poland and Ukraine will remain, with their tasks divided among Sibelius and Avid’s other products as needed.
“Ideally we want to be releasing updates to Sibelius once per quarter, focusing on the top requested features from our customers,” he said, noting that the forthcoming Sibelius 8.1 release will include notation-specific improvements. “Additionally, with closer proximity to the Pro Tools development team, we expect to see some much tighter integration with Pro Tools as well. I’ve just returned from the UK and reviewed our 2016/2017 road map with Sam; I’m very excited about the future for Sibelius and looking forward to getting the new team fully up to speed!”