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Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V. is a non-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany. With over 150 employees and about 90.000 members, it is the oldest and largest of about 40 independent chapters of the international Wikimedia movement. The best known Wikimedia project, the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia, is used by millions of people across the world every day and is continuously updated and improved by millions of users. 

Wikimedia Deutschland promotes these ideals even beyond the free encyclopedia: It is our aim to establish and advocate for the creation, collection, and distribution of free knowledge in all parts of society. Our objective is to create a world in which the sum of all human knowledge is freely accessible for everyone. The main focus of our activities is the support of volunteers, the development of technology and software, and the cooperation with cultural and scientific institutions. Furthermore, we advocate on both the national and EU-level a legal framework which allows for free knowledge to become part of our everyday life.


We are looking for a Director Engineering (m/w/d) (Fulltime) to join our agile development teams in our office at the heart of Berlin. You will be responsible for having your eye on the big picture that guides the development of our complex software products.

As our Director Engineering we’d like you to do these things:

  • Support, invest in and develop our team of Engineering Managers with clear expectations via practices such as 1:1s, goal setting, and constant feedback
  • Create a high performing and positive work environment based on open communication, agile principles, accountability, and trust. Instill a spirit of continuous improvement in the team’s code, architecture, and processes
  • Connect with other teams to unblock dependencies and provide visibility and transparency to team progress on product initiatives – identify, gather and resolve blockers in your teams and others to move forward
  • Establish best practices for cross-functional team collaboration and an agile software development process for an optimal flow of value to ensure WMDE reaches its annual and mid term goals
  • Together with the engineering managers, engineering teams and the recruiting team define a recruiting strategy, that enables hiring high potential engineers and managers from diverse backgrounds
  • Planning, budgeting & controlling for the Engineering part of the Software Department.
  • Represent Engineering to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Facilitate communication and decision-making between different engineering teams and stakeholders and act as a sparring partner to product leads
  • Assume accountability for the long-term technical roadmap of our products

We’d like you to have these skills:

  • Proven experience as a Director Engineering, CTO or similar leadership role
  • The ability to envision the knowledge infrastructure of the future together with our partners and communities and to get us there
  • You stay up-to-date with technological trends and know to use them to our advantage when creating our strategies
  • Experience of successfully planning and managing budgets and business-planning
  • Ability to conduct technological analyses and research
  • Dedication to coach and mentor people
  • Excellent communication skills in German and English
  • Problem-solving aptitude

We are offering you:

  • A diverse, friendly and open-minded team that looks forward to working with you
  • The opportunity to promote Free Knowledge in a unique movement
  • Varied and interesting challenges in an international environment, with a highly engaged global community
  • A modern and centrally located office space
  • An agile and dynamic organization with room for professional and personal development, and with flexible working hours
  • Open ended contract, 30 days of holiday, public transport allowance, access to complementary pension benefits, continued salary in the event of ill children, access to free-of-cost counselling and coaching on work-related and personal matters
  • We regularly go to conferences, both as participants and contributors
  • Internal presentations by our developers on topics they are enthusiastic about
  • You will have a noticeable impact on one of the top five visited websites in the world


Then apply now! Send us your detailed application documents (resume and motivation letter) via our job portal. Our personnel team will be happy to answer your questions. We kindly ask you to refrain from application photos and information on date of birth, marital status and parents. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wikimedia Germany is committed to equal opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of, for example, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or belief, political or other opinion, gender, age, disability or sexual identity or orientation.

In light of an underrepresentation of women in our Software Development Department, we very much welcome a broad diversity of candidates.