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Head of Engineering (m/f/d)

Location: Europe (Munich preferred) or US (Boston preferred)


Software Defined Automation is an industrial deep tech software company that enables Manufacturing-as-Code through the creation of completely new degrees of freedom for the automated configuration, operation, maintenance and continuous change of production plants. We have set ourselves a great mission, targeting the resource efficiency of one third of the global value creation and energy consumption. Software Defined Automation is the enabler for AI based self-optimizing production, thereby reaching the next technological innovation step function in productivity for the world.

For this new world of Software Defined Automation, we build a team that masters both Cloud as well as real-time shop floor operations technology. Join our team with your high energy driven nature, interest in industrial manufacturing and motivation to push the boundaries from the cloud all the way to all moving things on the shop floor!


At SDA, we are looking for an inspiring, highly technical leader for our engineering team to develop a next-level cloud native SaaS application for industrial automation and help our developers with best-practices to bring designs to implementation.

  • Lead the development, testing, deployment, and delivery of a large-scale global software application

  • Review projects' ability to deliver robust and scalable solutions toward our vision, learning and incorporating new technologies

  • Drive agile project management methodologies to provide technical leadership and project management for all aspects of the software development lifecycle (SDLC)

  • Ensure high quality design reviews which meet business and architectural goals and drive critical feedback

  • Build, manage, and develop a world-class engineering team including hiring and mentoring engineers and product managers

We offer

  • A mission no less than to work at the forefront of technology to transform productivity of mankind

  • A fast-scaling global deep tech company environment led by industry veterans, where your area of responsibility
    grows with the company

  • Hands on building of next level real-time control systems for Industrial Automation, Robotics and Motion Control

  • Opportunity to build a fully automated global B2B SaaS application based on latest cloud technologies

  • Collaboration with engineering teams of our technology partners (e.g. VMware, Bosch Rexroth, AWS) on joint, new offerings

  • A competitive salary, based on a fixed compensation and a virtual stock option program

  • A permanent full-time position with 28 days of annual paid vacation (in Germany) – a competitive package for US standards tbd.

  • Flexibility in working hours and time to work from home

  • Flat hierarchies and short decision paths

  • We play the long game, which is why we consider recreation a high priority, be it general exercise, biking, running or functional training. We have an indoor gym area, several outdoor trails and bike routes nearby as well as shower and washroom facilities in our Munich office.

Basic qualifications

  • B.Sc. in Computer Science or equivalent degree with strong information technology focus

  • 7+ years of experience writing code in modern object-oriented programming languages such as Python/Java/C#

  • 5+ years of experience working on large-scale, distributed applications leveraging cloud stacks of AWS / Azure

  • 5+ years of experience in managing multiple developer teams for a cloud native SaaS application

  • Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, continuous deployments, testing and operations

  • Ability to synthesize requirements underlying feature requests, recommend alternative technical and business approaches, and facilitate engineering efforts to meet aggressive timelines.

  • Demonstrated ability to mentor software engineers in all aspects of their engineering skill-set

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in IIoT / Industrial Software / MES / Industrial Control (Siemens, Rockwell, Beckhoff, CodeSys) implementations

  • Experience in programming with C++/C/Go/Rust

  • Experience with real-time operating systems and virtualization