Head of Developer Experience (f/m/d)

  • Engineering
  • Berlin, Germany

Head of Developer Experience (f/m/d)

Job description

We’re looking for fintech enthusiasts to join us in creating the financial infrastructure of tomorrow. We’re building the first European Investment API to enable any financial institution to offer a broad range of investment products in their apps. Our view is backed by Europe's largest tech VCs (Earlybird, Notion Capital, Partech, HV Capital, ABN AMRO Ventures) and by renowned fintech entrepreneurs (including Maximilian Tayenthal, founder of N26, and Felix Haas, founder of IDnow). 

We’re based in Berlin but would consider hiring remotely for this role. If you do want to move to Berlin though, we’re happy to support your relocation. For lead roles, it would be beneficial to be able to travel to head office regularly for any important workshops and meetings.

At Upvest, our vision is to make investing as easy as spending money. By enabling any business to offer investment opportunities, our goal is to empower anyone to invest. Today, we count 50+ talented people from 20 different countries.

Purpose of Developer Experience:

We are an API-first company. Our product is an HTTPS/JSON API our clients integrate with to embed investing capabilities inside their own products. As such the public API is the face of the product and the company. We take a lot of pride in it. Developer Experience is one of the newest teams at Upvest but also one of the most crucial ones. This team owns our public-facing API specifications (OpenAPI, AsyncAPI). It is their job to align with internal Product Engineering teams on best practices and our ways of working with APIs (both public and internal). This team also is responsible for making sure all our documentation, tutorials and guidelines are as easy to understand and use as possible for our clients. They will also provide all the necessary tooling our clients need for making the integration easier including SDKs, command-line utilities, and things we may not have considered yet. The other side of this domain is to help our clients and make sure they succeed in their integration with us.

Your mission:

As our Head of Engineering, Developer Experience, you’ll join and take ownership of our Developer Experience tribe consisting of the Developer Experience / Public API and Solutions Engineering teams. This is a Lead of Leads type role meaning that the direct reports are Tech Leads leading their teams. You will report directly to the CTO, Juha Ristolainen.

You will play a critical role in Upvest Engineering leadership by owning and being accountable for all things related to the public-facing side of our APIs like API-specifications, documentation, SDKs, etc. You will work closely with your stakeholders from Growth and Customer Success as well as directly with the CTO and the CPO in discovering and defining what kind of support we should provide our clients in using our APIs. You will own the roadmap and backlog for Developer Experience and the shorter-term delivery plans with your Tech Leads. You will also be accountable for delivering on those plans. We always put the customer first so leading by example you will set the standards to ensure our API-specifications, documentation, onboarding, and SDKs are all conforming to standards and world-class in ease of use and readability.

You will collaborate with your Head of Engineering peers in aligning on strategy and plans, agreeing on priorities as well as the growth of the organization.

You will be working on a greenfield project with cutting-edge technologies and no legacy code.

This role will give you the opportunity to:

  • Help define what a modern Cloud native investment bank’s Developer Experience should be.

  • Gain valuable experience in a high-security, high-stakes, and high-growth FinTech environment\


  • Hands-on developer background with experience leading teams and/or departments for at least the past few years. Been in the industry for 8+ years
  • Good architectural vision

  • Good people, communication, and leadership skills

  • Strategic planning skills, prioritization skills. Focus on what matters.

  • Stakeholder management skills

  • Taking ownership and owning the outcome

  • Prior experience with event-driven distributed systems

  • Prior experience with Cloud computing (ideally with GCP)

  • High level of pragmatism.

Nice to have:

  • Experience working in the FinTech domain

  • Experience in high-growth environments. Organizational planning skills

  • Knowledge of our modern tech stack (Go, Docker, K8S, LinkerD, Postgres, Kafka, Redis), SRE, service meshes, API gateways, and observability. Modern web frontend technologies, micro frontends.

Why Upvest?

  • We're working on solving a hard problem: fixing the European securities financial infrastructure that empowers more people to be able to invest. You have the opportunity to contribute to this change.

  • We invest in you. From access to a personal coach, development budget, and plenty of opportunities to grow in your role.

  • We take hiring seriously with a strong focus on keeping a high bar when interviewing (equally important is that we also hire decent people who are passionate about their craft and helping us achieve our shared mission).

  • While we're not quite fully remote, we are committed to being a flexible employer as we understand you don't have to be in the office to do your best work.

  • We live a culture of empowerment, trust (that we hire the best people and get out of their way), and openness (there's a greater advantage in sharing information than keeping it to ourselves).

  • Everyone is an owner. Every employee becomes a part-owner via our options program.

Our values:
  • Learn and grow. We aim high to shape our future. We give and request honest feedback knowing that we develop together. Progression > Perfection.
  • Team first. We make it easy for others. We value our differences and are open to others' opinions. We win and celebrate together! Team > Egos.
  • Own the outcome. Whether we win or we lose, we stand together. We are proactive and get the job done. Outcome > Process.
  • Tell the story. We always start with the why. We share knowledge to empower others. Transparency > Complexity.