Director of Engineering and Site Leader

  • Klarna
  • Linden, Germany
  • Jul 28, 2017
Full time Design Management Product Manager

Job Description

Klarna Group 

Klarna’s aim is clearly defined: We strive to become the world’s favorite way to buy. We will meet this goal by developing smart payment solutions that simplify buying. In 2014 we merged with SOFORT to create the Klarna Group, Europe’s leading provider of alternative online payment solutions.

Klarna Group has more than 1,500 employees and is active on 14 markets. We serve over 60 Million online consumers and work together with 70,000 merchants.

In order to continue our success story we are constantly looking for motivated and creative colleagues who will enjoy shaping the digital purchasing and payment experiences of the future.

Klarna’s engineering organization is also growing rapidly and we're searching for an Engineering Manager (m/f) to be part of this journey. Klarna’s growth is now on a global scale and Engineering is the organization that will make this global success happen.

Our business is represented in Engineering domains where products are built from end to end. We have small agile teams divided by domains. We pride ourselves on an autonomous and knowledge sharing culture where teams own the systems they build; from design to deployment.

With daily deployments, a microservices architecture and functional programming, we really do have an engineering culture that allows talented Engineers to thrive, both professionally and personally. We’re growing engineering teams across different domains; from data infrastructure and payment processing, to UI development and Test Engineering.

Today, we already serve millions of customers (merchants and consumers) and our business is rapidly growing. We are looking for you with experience in running engineering teams for reliable large scale web services and the leadership ability to run a full development center within Klarna Engineering.

We’re looking for someone who can

  • Inspire, lead, shape and grow a software engineering organization consisting of 6-7 teams (50+ software developers)
  • Own the delivery of our direct payment (e.g., SOFORT Überweisung) products and the system integration with Klarna within our “Merchant” domain, responsible for Klarna’s biggest source of revenue
  • Be entrepreneurial and visionary enough to see and help create new opportunities with our exciting capabilities
  • Continuously develop relationships between product, engineering and key stakeholders across Klarna’s divisions
  • Influence and drive software design discussions
  • Manage product backlog and prioritise tasks across teams
  • Lead and grow team leads and engineering managers and in turn, their teams
  • Play a key role in helping us continue attracting and retaining great engineering talent
  • Own full budget and planning responsibility from headcount via servers to office space and events
  • Represent company leadership and be the go-to person for the site externally and internally - also for a few teams outside your direct line
  • Drive employee engagement and foster the amazing culture we have on site

You’ll need to have

  • Experience leading cross functional software engineering teams in a fast paced, delivery focused environment
  • Strong track record of delivery of influential software, preferably in complex business models and high transaction environments
  • Being a Software Engineer yourself you will own and contribute to design discussions
  • Strong people management skills
  • Stakeholder management ability - you will for instance represent the site towards our commercial division
  • Ability to travel (1-2 times per month) to other offices, but mainly Stockholm and Munich<span


  • Competitive salary
  • An engineering focused culture
  • A learning and development centric environment with an emphasis on knowledge sharing across teams and regular tech talks
  • 30 days of annual leave
  • Extensive learning and development opportunities
  • The opportunity to disrupt and shape the future of the online payment industry


Please apply online and include a detailed application with cover letter, CV, references, salary expectations and earliest starting date. We are looking forward to hearing from you!