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Wikimedia Deutschland – Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V. is a non-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany. With about 140 employees and about 74.000 members, it is the oldest and largest of 38 independent chapters of the international Wikimedia movement. The most well-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 furthers these ideals even beyond the free encyclopedia: It is our aim to establish and promote 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 an Engineering Manager (m/w/d) 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 an Engineering Manager, we’d like you to do these things:

  • Support, invest in and develop the team with clear expectations via practices such as 1:1s, goal setting, and constant feedback
  • Create growth opportunities for team members and address gaps via non-technical skills mentoring/technical skill mentoring with the help of the Tech-Lead and performance management. Help people reach their full potential!
  • 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, provide visibility and transparency to team progress on product initiatives
  • Support the Product Manager and Tech Lead in project planning and continuous process improvement for an optimal flow of value
  • Build a team culture that is collaborative, inclusive, and respectful, but that also drives to deliver
  • Work closely with the team and the recruiting team to hire high potential engineers from diverse backgrounds
  • Work closely with the department team leads to ensure that the department achieves its goals

We’d like you to have these skills:

  • 3+ years of leadership experience in the internet industry
  • 3+ years of experience working in an agile software development environment
  • 1+ years of experience managing a software engineering team
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Very good English and a good passive understanding of German (sufficient to listen and understand German speakers in meetings)

We are offering you:

  • You will have a noticeable impact on the top five visited websites in the world
  • We have internal presentations by our developers on topics they are enthusiastic about
  • You can attend local user groups during work time and are encouraged to do so
  • We regularly go to conferences, both as attendees and participants

All software we develop is open source and we contribute back to various projects we use. We also share our user research results and design prototypes online.


What we offer:

  • A 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
  • Public transport allowance; access to complementary pension benefits; continued salary in the event of ill children; free coffee, tea, soft drinks and organic fruits; access to free-of-cost counselling and coaching on work-related and personal matters

Initial appointment is for 2 years.


Then apply now! Send us your detailed application documents via our job portal. Our personnel team will be happy to answer your questions. We kindly ask you to refrain from submitting 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.