Lead Software Engineer - (Fintech Focus)

sennder is a European digital freight forwarder looking for a Staff (Lead) Fullstack Engineer with a backend focus to join our new Value Added Services business area. The role is based out of the Berlin office (flexible hybrid home/office combo covid permitting). 

We value humility and we're as interested in your character as we are in your talent. Please apply, even if you feel you only meet part of our listed criteria. Diversity drives innovation and we offer an international and friendly work environment with an energetic company culture. Just be yourself and maybe you’ll bring something valuable to the role we didn't initially think of.


The Value-Added Services (VAS) Team has the bold mission to increase the competitiveness and profitability of carriers and shippers by offering a one-stop-shop of value-adding services (e.g. financing, banking, insurance, fuel cards) at the best possible conditions and with the most seamless user experience. In Europe alone this services business for the road freight industry comprises a EUR +250b opportunity, and sennder strives to be the most compelling services provider adding another profitable revenue stream to sennder’s core business.

As a Staff Engineer, you will have the opportunity to create a huge business impact by building new services that delight carriers and shippers across Europe. This work is very greenfield, you will have the opportunity to grow something from scratch and lay the foundations to scale from 1 team to 5+ teams. You’ll drive the architectural vision and technical direction across the whole of VAS, building out roadmaps to increase team velocity and output whilst coaching, teaching and growing our engineers. You’ll be seen as the Technical Decision Maker for the whole business area and will be given lots of autonomy. Strong tech leadership skills are a must.

We value strong engineering skills, deep understanding of business, full ownership, high velocity, collaboration, and initiative. 

sennder is Europe’s leading digital freight forwarder at the intersection of where technology meets logistics. Through our proprietary transportation operating system, built by our in-house tech teams, we not only connect shippers to our fleet of thousands of trucks, but also improve how they move products in sustainable, cost-efficient, and transparent ways - making the logistics industry fit for the future. In a traditional industry, we’re growing and moving fast to digitally automate all road logistics processes. You can be part of one of Europe’s latest growth stories as we fast-forward road logistics into digitalization.

Get to know us, our culture, green business, funding history, and more on our blog here.

In this role you will

  • Scale up our VAS business area, we have a lot of ideas and we are looking for people to evolve our backend, DevOps, and engineering practices to support the growth and work with many autonomous teams. We welcome new ideas and feedback.
  • Prototype and develop new major and minor features. We often need strong engineering expertise and sharp original thinking to make the right choices.
  • We need your support in growing a solid microservice architecture, we are in the process of introducing service mesh, stable interfaces, and contracts for API, metrics, etc.
  • You’ll be part of building micro-frontends, deployment improvements as well as mentoring and growing other engineers.
  • We will regularly ask you to evaluate and adopt new languages, technologies, patterns, and practices.
  • Be a part of sennder’s architecture board.


Preferably you are

  • Solid knowledge and proven expertise in building backends, frontends, web services, and distributed systems - you see yourself as a backend-focused fullstack engineer.
  • Proven with technical leadership qualities, engineers respect you and are willing to listen.
  • Experience with payment systems or fintech based projects.
  • Worked with more than one language, preferably you are familiar with Typescript and Python.
  • Proven practical experience with different architectures, patterns, and programming paradigms.
  • Practical skills with AWS, Docker, and modern CI/CD.
  • Good communication skills in English.


We expect you to

  • Be mindful about your craft, “keep your saw sharp”, learn ways to improve your work, processes, and remove mundane routine by scripting and automation,
  • Be passionate about doing great work, and pragmatic about getting things done
  • Be driven by data, build small prototypes to test assumptions, and do not buy into latest hype and shiny labels. Linus Torvalds once said:  ”Talking is cheap. Show me the code.
  • Be a decent human being. Be willing to help other people, share your expertise, and mentor.


What you can expect

  • A fast-growing company, transitioning from startup to scale-up, where your work will make an impact on our growth and lead to several career opportunities.
  • An international team of 900+ people with 65+ nationalities spread across 7 country offices with English as our company language.
  • A quarterly feedback and review process for personal development. We also use “Objectives and Key Results” for company goals.
  • A structured promotion process, providing everyone with fair and transparent career growth.
  • Learning and development opportunities on the job and through conversations with your manager.
  • Various opportunities to connect with colleagues, formally and informally, digitally or in person (when allowed), through regular team events, company get-togethers, and partnership events with other companies and local organizers.
  • When in office: unlimited snacks, drinks, and fruits.
  • Compliance with COVID-19 restrictions when required with remote interviews, onboarding, and working.


At sennder, we want to maximize the individual’s potential for all employees and reinforce an inclusive culture and environment of continuous learning that empowers people to succeed as a team. In addition to humility, we value commitment, team spirit, respect, and kindness to build trusted relationships across teams. Learn more on our career site. 

Please send your application in English and help us reduce negative unconscious bias by leaving out your picture, age, address, and other unnecessary information in your CV. We only want to know the merits on which you’d be great for this role.

If you have any questions or problems please reach out to us ta@sennder.com. We do not accept applications via email.