Director of Engineering

Date posted:
Company: On
Location: Berlin (BE), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

At a Glance:

On-Running is expanding its Tech Center in the heart of Berlin and we’re looking for an experienced Director of Software Engineering. You will oversee agile and cross-functional teams of Salesforce and full stack engineers, Product Owner, DevOps and QA. With experience in building high-performance software, you will contribute in building robust and scalable technology for the worlds fastest growing and most innovative sports shoe and apparel brand, active in 45 countries worldwide. 

In our technology hub in Kreuzberg, Berlin, we’re focused mainly on engineering and we continuously develop our platform using agile development practices. We have a multi-national and open company culture with over 47+ different nationalities among our 900 employees, we operate in a booming market, have interesting projects, modern tech-stack, good parties and, last but not least, we are enthusiastic and motivated about our work and products.

You’ll work in close collaboration with our teams at our Zürich HQ (Switzerland) as well as teams in Portland (USA) and Yokohama (Japan).

Your Team:

You will be part of the technology leadership team, along with the CTO and other Directors of Engineering, responsible for all facets of our technology and engineering practices, from architecture to development workflows. You will have a lot of freedom to challenge existing processes and develop new initiatives that improve the team’s productivity and the quality of their deliverables, while creating an engaging, supportive, and autonomous work environment for your teams.

Your Mission:

  • Lead and manage around 12-15 engineers in Berlin, Zürich and remote (mentoring, coaching, growth, hiring, retention) 

  • Help our teams become truly self-organised, focusing on constant improvement

  • Play a leading role in architecture and design of our tech stack, you have not forgotten how to code.

  • Keep up with the latest trends and have a technology strategy in place, maintained and executed properly

  • Guide the teams in terms of team structure, delivery processes, quality, product & technology strategy, continuously challenging  their deliverables

  • Establish best practices for cross-team collaboration and an agile software development processes

  • Contribute to the overall product / technology vision and strategy

  • Work closely with other Heads of Engineering, CTO, Product Owners and stakeholders to improve processes and increase engineers’ productivity.

Your Story:

  • 5+ years of experience in a people leadership position 
  • A passion for agile software development and leadership, substantial and proven experience in successfully managing, growing and leading fullstack teams (TypeScript, Vue.js, GraphQL, Terraform, Azure/AWS clouds)

  • Successful collaboration with diverse business functions to align on a roadmap and technology vision that addresses the company’s needs

  • Passion to understand and follow the trends in your technological domain

  • Just as successful as an individual as you are in a team. You operate with minimal hand-holding, but know when to seek support

  • An excellent communicator who can easily adapt to different audiences

  • Proactive and thought provoking – you foster an environment that promotes new ideas, proves them with data, then drives them to successful execution

  • You’re adaptable and dynamic and understand the complexities of a maturing product and organizational structure

  • An E-Commerce background (bonus)

What we offer:

We offer a dynamic, challenging and sportive environment that has been ranked as the ‘fastest growing sports company’ of its time. With offices across the globe, we are an international team who is hungry to innovate and build something incredible. We foster an active environment where each individual thrives for excellence and can achieve their full potential. This is where your work matters, you’re hands-on and your team members are amongst the very best in their respective disciplines and fields. 

If you are driven to bring On to the next level, curious about the opportunity and want to be part of our growing team – send us your application, and join the ONiverse!


On is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a work environment that is fair and inclusive, where all decisions related to recruitment, advancement, and retention are free of discrimination. We are requesting that you provide sensitive demographic information such as gender identity and race/ethnicity to help us ensure that we are creating equitable and fair experiences for all potential future team members. You are not required to provide this demographic information and this information will in no way impact your eligibility for hire.