Lead Software Architect (f/m/d)



The Lead Software Architect will support the engineering team to transform the Blacklane technical platform. The deliverables include creating a technical strategy to allow Blacklane to expand globally at scale, design technical plans to build out capabilities, as well as coaching engineers to become stronger. Success in this role requires high technical proficiency, world class communication skills, and vision.

Our HQ is based in Berlin and we also have Tech Hubs in SpainUK and Italy.

Our environment is composed of Go, Typescript, and Ruby services, designed using DDD. These services are deployed to our Kubernetes cluster and communicate via domain events using Kafka. Some of these services are event-sourced, using diverse data storage such as Postgres, MySQL, Elasticsearch, Redis, and DynamoDB. We use GraphQL to aggregate data and serve our mobile and web applications.



  • Envision. We need you to bring new perspectives on what the platform should be. From there, you will help the architecture team transform our platform and shape the future of our infrastructure. To do this, you will need to articulate a technical vision and a strategy and collaborate with key stakeholders to transform this vision into a reality. You will need to document, work with engineers, and follow the progress of your plan.
  • Enable. We need you to build capabilities. More than delivering features, we need the engineering team to enable the company by increasing our workforce's flexibility, agility, and productivity. 
  • Support. We expect you to support the development team at a high level and hands-on. You will be free to assess our current platform architecture and build high-quality relationships with our teams at all levels of the organization.
  • Learn. Blacklane encourages research and development. We need you to observe, learn and bring your innovative ideas into life. We incentivize you to participate in conferences, meetups, or even write papers.



  • You are a technical expert. You are at the cutting-edge of current technologies, modern and high-volume architecture. You have previously worked on transforming from a monolith architecture to an event-driven microservices architecture, preferably for a large e-commerce service or a marketplace. You are currently involved in highly technical discussions and architecture decisions. 
  • You have worked with a broad range of technologies. You have experience with multiple cloud providers, from Amazon to Google Cloud or Azure, and have had the chance to work and assess the capabilities of each of the cloud providers being able to make informed recommendations about which capabilities to get from where. 
  • You are a growth expert. You have helped products scale to millions of users. You care deeply about designing systems that scale massively.
  • You are still hands-on. You love working with software developers, and while you may not code as much as a developer, you are able to bring your experience to the table and contribute to solving complex problems.
  • You are humble. You view product development as a team effort, and you foster this environment within your teams. No job is too small - for you or for anyone on the team. You lead by example by rolling up your sleeves and contributing tactically if that’s what your team needs. 



Blacklane is a scale-up started in 2011, founded by Jens Wohltorf and Frank Steuer who wanted to create the first global chauffeur service. We started by filling chauffeurs’ ‘empty leg’ journeys and have grown with our partners to over €100 million in annual revenue (pre-pandemic). Backed by Daimler and other investors in Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and the UAE, we’re now a trusted brand within corporate travel. 

We believe in ethical business practices and have a strong company culture. Responding to the pandemic, we’ve successfully managed the crises and retained our talented crew! We are now poised for massive growth in 2021.

  • Continuous Learning: We believe that open and actionable feedback is the essential component of continuous development. Set your personal development plan and take an active role in our internal learning communities to progress your career. 
  • Flexible Working: Even the most ambitious Blacklaner needs some time to unwind. Find out what works for you and your team with flexible working hours and home office days (working from home is the new normal).
  • Become Part of the Crew: Get to know your fellow Blacklaners through our regular team socials. Our success comes from a collaboration of more than 350 people from 70 nations and we are looking for more exceptional people to join us! 
  • Employee Stock Options Plan: We want all Blacklaners to benefit from the company's success, so every employee gets virtual stock options.
  • Fair Remuneration: We’ve banded salary levels and matched them to the local costs of living, meaning you’re always paid fairly and you know that the rest of the crew is too.
  • Sustainability: We care for both people and the planet, having launched the mobility's industry first global carbon offset scheme in 2017. Blacklane has pledged to deliver 75% of its journeys in electric vehicles by 2025. 
  • Equal Opportunity: We are committed to inclusion and diversity. A company is only as strong as its crew, so we developed a work environment that is inclusive, inspiring and open. All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.

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