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Head of Technology (f/m/d)



Berlin, Germany
Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2024

We are smava – the online loan comparison platform. We make loans transparent, fair and affordable! With more than 300.000 satisfied customers, we are one of the biggest FinTech companies in Germany. Become a part of our vision to shape the digital future of the consumer loan market now!

Our cross-functional Product & Tech teams are organized along the customer journey, each being completely in charge of their corresponding part of our platform. They operate in a vastly autonomous and self-managed way: we live up to our belief in flat hierarchies and self-organized network structures where leadership often happens in a lateral manner and teams are enabled to participate in decision-making within our exciting roadmap. This empowers everyone to a great extent - by taking true ownership and sharing responsibility amongst all colleagues.


We are looking for a Head of Technology to join our Product & Tech department with main focus on execution delivery, system architecture, and stability of our platform. We are a department of 60 multi-national colleagues distributed in 10 cross-functional teams mainly based in Berlin, Hamburg and Braunschweig. Together, we are responsible for the very heart of our business - our TEAL platform - enabling the best-in-class loan comparison experience for B2C customers, affiliates and B2B partners.


  • Support the teams with execution and delivery of high-quality features and improvements in line with agreed concepts, our technical guidelines and architecture
  • Do concept sparring and reviews with regard to approach and effort estimations
  • Define and oversee the decision-making process on system architecture and technical roadmap
  • Work closely with the teams, POs, Product & Tech leads and stakeholders from other departments to gain deep understanding of the platform, processes and according business needs
  • Lead by example and explain WHY in a collaborative manner


  • You are hands-on, an empathetic leader and enthusiastic about driving things forward while working in a highly collaborative environment
  • You have at least 3 years of experience heading a group of tech teams and the establishment of excellent tech execution and delivery
  • You have actively participated in building / running tech organizations within bigger startup-like companies or ideally grown-ups with flat hierarchies, experience in network organizations and/or servant leadership is a plus
  • You are used to work in a data and KPI-intensive environment relying on an event-based architecture and data platforms
  • You have experience with React and NextJS
  • You are deeply adept at NodeJs, Typescript and Golang in the backend
  • You are able to lead discussions on cloud infrastructures with containerized microservices in AWS and Kubernetes (EKS)
  • You speak excellent English, both written and spoken, and have a good command of German

What we offer

  • An open and dynamic working environment with a diverse and multicultural team composed of more than 50 nationalities
  • We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Together as one team - and with our variety of skills, perspectives and backgrounds - we actively stand by our mission of representing different diversity groups within the company
  • Internal career programs, further training opportunities & language courses (German)
  • A modern office located at the center of the city and with fully equipped facilities, including a rooftop and relax spaces
  • We celebrate our successes together! We are frequently coming together for events like the company lunch, table tennis tournament or our summer party
  • Thanks to our Uber Eats partnership, you can get your subsidized lunch delivered to the office
  • For your relaxation there are 30 days of vacation. Parents benefit from 10 additional child-sick-days
  • For your physical and mental health, we cooperate with sports providers and offer weekly sports activities in our offices
  • We support social projects and cover part of the costs of your public transportation ticket so you can travel in an environmentally conscious way
  • A subsidized company pension plan


Then apply online in just a few clicks via the application button). Simply upload your CV (preferably as PDF file) and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

All applications are accepted exclusively via the application form.

Contact: Felipe Alemany (Team Lead - Tech Recruiting)

At smava we celebrate diversity and stand for an environment that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. We're committed to equal employment and development opportunities regardless of gender identity or expression, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, colour, disability, culture or place of origin.

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