Head of Engineering, Platform (f/m/d)

  • Engineering
  • Berlin, Germany

Head of Engineering, Platform (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.

Your mission:
As our Head of Platform, you’ll join and take ownership of our Platform team (together with Tech Lead Martin, and Platform Engineers Sergei and Rokas). This is a Lead of Leads type role meaning that the direct reports are Tech Leads leading their teams. The role reports directly to the CTO. You’ll play a critical role in helping steer and define the roadmap for our Platform Engineering together with your counterpart, the Platform Tech Lead, and collaborating with your stakeholders (CTO, Product Engineering Team Leads, etc.). You will drive the growth and design of what the Platform team needs to be at Upvest. Platform team’s objectives include creating a robust, secure, resilient, and observable infrastructure for our Product Engineering teams to build products on as well as provide all the needed tooling for them to be productive on the Platform. 

Our principles include customer always first (in this case Product Engineering teams), infrastructure-as-code, security first, zero trust, and least privilege principles but most importantly the Platform team’s job is to enable and empower Product teams to deliver Products on the Platform in a more productive way. The platform team does this by mapping out Product teams’ requirements, formulating a roadmap and plans on what kind of tooling and automation needs to be in place, and executing on those plans. You'll own the roadmap and the backlog for the Platform team and the Tech Lead - Platform owns the design and implementation of those plans.

This role will give you the opportunity to:

  • Help build a world-class highly available Cloud-Native financial platform engineering department with modern technologies

  • Work within the department and your stakeholders to define and own the roadmap and vision for Platform Engineering at Upvest

  • Own and be accountable for the delivery for the Platform team.

  • Work in setting meaningful and measurable objectives for the department within our OKR-framework.

  • Collaborate with your stakeholders and Tech Lead counterparts to enable and empower Product Engineering teams to deliver at pace on the Platform.

  • Gain valuable experience in a high-security and high-stakes fintech environment

  • Drive DevOps mindset and collaboration within all Product Engineering teams

  • Establish communication and documentation best practices throughout the entire Platform

  • Provide operational support and engineering for multiple large distributed software applications

  • Gather and analyze system metrics to assist in improving performance and finding faults


  • Comes from a DevOps/SRE background but already has experience leading teams or departments for some years. Been in the industry for 10+ years.
  • Good people, communication, and leadership skills
  • Strategic roadmap planning, Backlog management, prioritization and stakeholder management skills, organizational design skills. Taking ownership and owning the outcome.
  • Prior experience with Kubernetes, Docker, Vault, and Terraform
  • Prior experience with Cloud computing (ideally with GCP)
  • Deep knowledge of modern monitoring and observability
  • Knowledge of operating Kafka in high availability environments
  • High level of pragmatism. 

Nice to have:

  • Experience in high growth environments. Organisational planning skills

  • Knowledge of our modern tech-stack (Go, Docker, K8s, Postgres, Redis, Kafka), SRE, service meshes, API gateways, and observability

  • Experience working in the fintech domain

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).

  • We ensure we take time to have fun as a team. We're looking forward to having more time in person again once this becomes possible again.

  • 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. Everything is a learning opportunity. Progression > Perfection.
  • Team first. We make it easy for others. We value different views, disagree, and commit. We win and celebrate together!
  • Own the outcome. We are proactive and finish the job until it is done. Happy clients > Sales. We take breaks when needed.
  • Tell the story. We always start with the ‘why’. Outcome > Process. We share knowledge to empower others