Engineering Manager - Application Performance

About us

Enabling Better Organizations.

Personio is a fast growing HR SaaS start-up based in Munich. It offers a holistic HR and applicant management software designed for companies with 10 to 1000 employees. Personio plays a critical role in making the day-to-day operations of more than 700 HR teams more efficient and transparent. We are a bunch of fun, international people striving to build the leading one-stop HR platform in Europe.

The Role

At Personio we are on the amazing journey of scaling to meet our exponential growth in customers. After our recent $125M Series D funding we are the most valuable HR tech company in Europe and our company goal is to be the leading HR Platform for SMEs in Europe by 2023.

We are investing heavily in our Technology Platform team and their mission is to ensure Personio builds and scales as a high performing engineering organisation. We drive initiatives that enable our product engineering teams to build, test, deliver and operate the Personio application software to the highest industry standards.

We are creating a new Application Performance team which will play a key role ensuring our platform scales to accommodate our 2023 load and beyond. We are looking for an Engineering Manager to build and lead this team, refine the mission and roadmap, and deliver a new pillar to our Technology Platform.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone who wants a fresh challenge, with a fresh team in an exciting company with a supportive environment. You will also get the opportunity to join the wider network of engineering managers across Europe and participate in initiatives which impact engineering, operational and management excellence across the entire company.

As a manager of the Application Performance team you will oversee the design of frameworks and tools to automate testing of performance on our platform.  The performance testing stack will be your responsibility to create, maintain and update with data which realistically reflects the projected customer data profile for 2+ years in advance. Your team will ensure that our performance tests are valid and up to date. The outputs of each performance run will be an automated report or scorecard which can be easily interpreted. Later we will shift left on performance as part of the build and deploy process, introducing a ‘performance gate’ into our CI/CD system.

What you need to succeed

  • At least 2 years experience as a recognised and hands-on people manager of an engineering team - preferably in the fields of QA, Automation or Performance Engineering.
  • At least 5 years of professional software development or engineering experience.
  • Experience collaborating with other team leaders to address performance testing needs for new services.
  • Familiarity and experience with one or more performance testing methodologies: Load testing, Stress testing, Scalability testing, Spike testing, Volume testing, etc.
  • Familiarity and experience with performance testing in distributed microservice architectures.
  • Ability to identify and communicate goals and requirements around our performance expectations.
  • Partner with the Quality Assurance team to deliver system level test case automation solutions.
  • You will hire and develop high-performing teams by focusing on the development of our engineers.
  • You will define the mission and vision of your team, and you will define goals and roadmaps that will progress towards this vision.
  • You will work closely with your team to provide feedback on architecture and approach.
  • You will build and influence a culture of ownership, autonomy and inclusivity, not just within your team but the whole engineering department.
  • You will leverage your technical skills and experience to build engineering excellence within your team that promotes and implements engineering best practices


  • We want to build a category leader for HR software in Europe. You should bring passion for making the lives of others (in our case: Employees and HR professionals) better
  • We are experiencing rapid growth and are “building our plane while flying it”. So bring your agile mindset to the table!
  • Embrace feedback - no one is perfect, neither are we. So let’s make this an opportunity to praise and learn from each other
  • Proactive problem solver. You are willing to leave code and engineering practices in a better shape than when you first encountered them
  • Let’s grow together - share your knowledge, we will share ours!
  • Humour. Have fun with us, learn with us from mistakes and bring your good vibes

Why Personio

  • Market-proven, Europe’s most valuable HR SaaS and fast-growing company ($250M funding acquired to date)
  • As you are joining Personio at such an early stage, this shows us your trust and confidence in us. We would like you to profit from the success of the company, and therefore, we offer you a competitive compensation package (salary, benefits, and virtual shares)
  • Flexible working hours
  • 26 paid vacation days plus Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve
  • Parental benefit: In case your kids get ill, you may take up to 10 additional days off
  • €1.500 Euros development budget for attending conferences, courses, buying books
  • A permanent contract
  • MacBook Pro and gadgets, including BOSE headsets with noise cancellation
  • Parental benefit: In case your kids get ill, you may take up to 10 additional days off
  • Private Health insurance for Personio employees, spouse and children
  • Your chance to play a decisive role in shaping a company in its rapid growth and to grow and learn from your tasks