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Date:  04-May-2023

Berlin, DE

Company:  Springer Nature Group

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We’re looking for a Tech/Developer Manager who can help us build top-quality user facing software products and provide line management support to a group of developers of varying levels of experience.


About Us:


SN Digital (SND) is a technology division of Springer Nature. We are responsible for maintaining and delivering millions of articles used by researchers, scientists and students around the globe.


There are about 230 of us in London, Berlin, Lisbon, Pune, New York, Madrid, Dordrecht, and Heidelberg. We work in collaborative, multi-disciplinary delivery teams, developing digital products and services that answer user problems and support business goals.


The work is interesting and meaningful.

Our culture is collaborative and friendly.

We encourage and support growth, both personal and professional.


Having a good command of English is important; collaboration is important in our day to day work, so being able to communicate your ideas and understand others’ is key.


This is a terrific opportunity for friendly, inquisitive people who want to get involved in our work, who love to learn, who will embrace and develop our culture, and help make SND Berlin a place where people and ideas can thrive.


We are intentionally looking to create teams that are diverse and inclusive. Diversity is the mix of culture, background, experience and personality that we all bring; inclusion is getting the mix to work better together. We want every member of our teams to contribute to our common goals while respecting each other's skills, knowledge and needs.


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About The Job:


The focus will be split between product development work within a team and supporting the professional growth of developers, data engineers and data scientists of your team and other teams within the department.


We need someone who is passionate about supporting and helping developers. You will manage around 4-6 people with coaching, mentoring, identifying training needs, personal development plans, motivation and gathering feedback.


About You:


  • You are a servant-leader, who leads by inspiring and influencing others. 

  • You are able to support, mentor and build relationships with people of all levels.

  • You have several years of experience with software development including technical responsibility.

  • You have worked successfully with product teams in the past.

  • You like working in a collaborative environment where there is collective ownership of the code and a blameless approach to problem resolution.

  • You work in a Continuous Integration environment and always strive for Continuous Delivery.

  • You are keen to support other people and help them grow in their discipline.

  • You actively seek out perspectives different to your own.

  • You ask open questions and investigate assumptions.

  • You listen attentively to others.

  • You show vulnerability and are happy to admit to your own mistakes.

  • You have a good command of English; collaboration is important in our day to day work, so being able to communicate your ideas and understand others is key.

  • You believe in and can articulate our company strategy on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and you want to make Springer Nature Digital a more inclusive environment for everyone.


What you will be doing:

Within 3 months you will:

  • Get familiar with our technology stacks, primarily JVM-based using Java, Kotlin, or Scala, deploying to CloudFoundry via Concourse.

  • Take part in developing new product features as a member of the tech team.

  • Get familiar with and take part in the team's processes and ceremonies.

  • As a developer, have an understanding of your team's customers.

  • Establish a relationship with the people who report to you through one-to-ones, coaching, etc.

  • Become familiar with the goals of the Developer Manager team.

By 3-6 months you will:

  • Be a supportive member of the development of our products by using the right technology solutions to solve the problem at hand.

  • Have an understanding of the context the team is working within.

  • Be able to properly understand and discuss business requirements with stakeholders and product owners.

  • Hold technical discussions with others in technical leadership roles in order to improve the project architecture and code quality.

  • Understand the goals of the company and how the department helps to deliver them.

  • Foster an environment of trust where people can give and receive feedback.

  • Help to grow a sense of community for people in the Berlin office.

  • Help developers to establish personal development plans.

  • Have a solid understanding of how to get administrative tasks done within Springer Nature (who to talk to, the process involved, etc).

  • Work with the Head of Development, and other Developer Managers, to provide the developer perspective on the departmental vision.

By 6-12 months you will:

  • Influence the design of the system architecture and help improve our technology stack.

  • Onboard new members in the team or help other teams on the onboarding process.

  • Take part in the recruiting process helping assess applicants.

  • Transform high-level requirements into actionable work.

  • Proactively provide useful and actionable feedback to team members.

  • Participate in user research to better understand our users' needs, when applicable.

  • Contribute to the reputation of Springer Nature within the Berlin developer community. For example by getting involved with external events.

  • Help grow the developer community through events such as lunch and learns, 10% time etc.

  • Share your experiences and insights with the internal developer community.

  • Understand how each of your reports is performing and provide support where needed.

  • Ensure departmental values and ways of working are well understood.


Day-to-day responsibilities:


  • Hold regular one-to-ones with direct reports.

  • Escalate issues and risks.

  • Coordinate with other developer managers on strategic initiatives.

  • Provide support to developers.

  • Contribute to ceremonies like standups, planning, story writing, collaborative design and retrospectives.

  • Develop new features and improve code quality by pair programming with other team members, as well as working independently.

  • Take part in support and monitoring of our websites.


To apply please upload a copy of your CV and cover letter, stating your salary expectations and start date.



Springer Nature employs more than 10,000 people in over 50 markets, and is home to some of the best-known names in research, educational and professional publishing. 


We value and celebrate the diversity of our people. We recognise the many benefits of a diverse workforce and strive for an inclusive workplace that empowers all our colleagues to thrive. Our search for the best talent fully encompasses and embraces these values and principles.


Working at the heart of a changing industry, we are always looking for great people who care about delivering quality to our customers and the communities we work alongside. In return, we provide opportunities to learn from some of the best in the business, with a culture that encourages curiosity and empowers people to find solutions and act on their instincts.


If you are successful and are offered a position, we understand that you may wish to delay your start date; we are happy to be flexible and work with you on what suits you best. For now, the option is available to work from home or from the office.


We have put in place a remote onboarding process to ensure new starters have all the equipment, knowledge and contacts they need to be able to start their new career.


You will have a dedicated contact during the recruitment process whom you can contact with any questions on this.


At Springer Nature, we value the diversity of our teams and work to build an inclusive culture, where people are treated fairly and can bring their differences to work and thrive. We empower our colleagues and value their diverse perspectives as we strive to attract, nurture and develop the very best talent.

Springer Nature was awarded Diversity Team of the Year at the 2022 British Diversity Awards. Find out more about our DEI work here.


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