Engineering Team Lead – Fintech Apis Integration (M/F)

Smava Gmbh | Berlin, Germany

Date listed

7 months ago

Employment Type

Full time

Glassdoor Rating

3/5 (58 reviews)

Are you up for a successful “Grown-Up” headquartered in Berlin-Friedrichshain?

smava is one of the biggest FinTech employers and has received several awards, including the price for Innovator 2019 and the Top Employer 2019. Our company grows by 80 % each year – become part of the smava story now! And let us grow together.

We are, smava – the online credit comparison. We make loans transparent, fair and cheap!

Join one of the most well-funded FinTech companies in the field of B2C financial market as part of our Tech team. Java, Spring, microservices, APIs and Machine Learning are more than just buzzwords to you? Perfect! We got something to offer and move you to the next level.

We are looking for you as a:

Engineering Team Lead – FinTech APIs integration (m/f) 

smava’s Software Engineering department unites several technical teams responsible for the development of a different area of our platform. As an Engineering Team Lead, you will have an opportunity to shape the Bank API Team. This Team is working the closest to our Business Partners, which are the biggest banks in Europe. smava’s and its partners’ entire traffic from their entry points is directed here to the heart of the system.

Our challenges are, above all, effectively reacting on product, interfaces and load changes. By introducing the latest technology, we start building extremely efficient – even on high load – Engine. By working in as cross-functional teams together with Data Science, Product, Platform, Business Analytics, Financial Cooperation, Sales and Data Warehouse we make the best use of data and science.

Your tasks

  • Lead two teams of engineers (working in the same domain) with a mindset of servant-leader
  • Actively support the team to define and achieve its goals (every sprint/cycle)
  • Strive for improving the accuracy of estimations
  • Bridge business strategy with a technical roadmap
  • Identify plan and ensure joyful releases and production life of your components
  • Actively help and guide teams in all planning events (quarterly, monthly and weekly roadmap activities)
  • Find time for reflection about the architectural vision of components owned by your team and integration with smava’s infrastructure
  • Help your team cultivate the culture of technical excellence and engineering best practices
  • Guide engineers’ training and ensure skillset in team
  • Get involved with the Product needs by fostering collaboration with the Product and Business Owners to achieve delivery for the team
  • Foster alignment with other teams (aka dependency management)
  • Evaluate Software Engineers according to roles and responsibility evaluation guidelines, and regular 1on1 feedback talks
  • Responsible for staffing plan for the team and hiring process
  • Setup and coordinate team events on a regular basis


  • MSc/BSc degree in Computer Science or similar
  • 5+ years of development in any of JVM programming language
  • Experience with both SQL and NoSQL database technologies
  • Work in an agile team
  • Experience in microservices oriented architecture
  • Very good communication skills (English and German)

Nice to have

  • 2+ years of experience in leadership of at least 4 direct reports 
  • Experience in Scrum Master and/or Agile Coach role (also interim while being a team member at the same time)
  • Experience with integrating 3rd party services

Tech stack

  • Java 8
  • Spring (Boot 2.x, Cloud, Security)
  • Docker
  • RabbitMQ
  • PostgreSQL, Redis
  • Hibernate
  • Maven
  • Git
  • Jenkins
  • AWS

What we offer   

●       Signing bonus, because every great decision should be rewarded

●       Relocation bonus (in case you are relocating to Berlin)

●       An exciting opportunity in an innovative and fast-growing Fintech company

●       A personal budget for personal education and training

●       Employer-funded pension

●       Onboarding support (e.g. assistance visa application/work permit, German health insurance, accommodation) 

●       Subsidized lunch offer ( and subsidized public transport ticket (VBB Umweltkarte)

●       Discounted fitness offers close to the office (e.g. Urban Sports, John Reed, McFit, Superfit)

●       Flexible working hours

●       Free German classes

●       Hackathons, Beer Friday, Cookie Friday and team events

●       Open communication, flat hierarchy and fast execution

●       Smart colleagues from all around the world (40+ nationalities)


Then apply online via the application button as an “Engineering Team Lead – FinTech APIs integration (m/f)”. All applications are accepted exclusively via the application form.

Contact: Katerina Arsova (030 - 617 48 0014)

In case you are not an EU citizen,

  • We also need a copy of your academic degree, valid passport and residence permit (e.g. Blue Card, Visa or Work Permit) - if you already have one

Note that it will not proceed with your application without the documents mentioned above.