Senior Software Engineer (Wikibase Suite) (m/f/d) Full-time

Published at 2023-01-12 - Viewed: 500 times - Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. in Berlin, Germany

For our Wikibase Suite team, based in Berlin, we are looking for a permanent Senior Software Engineer (m/f/d), full-time or part-time, as soon as possible.


About the position & the team:

The Wikibase Suite is a software suite to collaboratively curate linked data that users can install on their infrastructure (also in the form of OCI container images). It is used by libraries, galleries, research groups, and the public sector alike. For example, the European Commission uses Wikibase for information around funded projects and their beneficiaries.

You will be developing open source software that puts user needs first and increases users’ satisfaction. At Wikimedia Deutschland we work towards a future in which people share the power to collect and organize the data that shapes humanity's understanding of the world.


What you'll be doing:

Participate in all the stages of software development as well as code, design, and architectural reviews providing constructive feedback
Be responsible for and present in all stages of the engineering work:
Be responsible for the technical direction of the team
Understand and discuss mid- and long-term implications of architectural resolutions and be able to communicate the impact of engineering decisions on our products
Maintain a good understanding of the technical aspects of the product roadmap as well as the team goals
Work with managers and technical leads to ensure engineering effort is focused on the most impactful areas for their team
Support the professional growth of other engineers together with engineering managers and technical leads
Engage in constantly improving the team processes and agile practices


What we offer:

You will be part of a cohesive and engaged team that fosters unity and supports each other
Flexible working hours adjusted to the team and people needs
A diverse and inclusive bi-lingual organisation where people are the first priority
An open-minded and positive organizational culture
Work in cross-functional teams towards a common goal
We dedicate one day per quarter in the department to work on any non-work-related project you want 
Opportunity for personal and professional development
Opportunity to improve your presentation skills and to share your favourite topics in internal presentations to the other engineering teams
Opportunity to go to conferences, both as participants and contributors
The possibility of working from home as well as a modern and centrally located office space in Berlin
30 days of holidays, public transport allowance, access to complementary pension benefits, continued salary in the event of ill children, free-of-cost external life coaching
All overtime is recorded and converted into compensatory time off
This is a permanent contract

Learn more about our team by visiting our Wikimedia Tech News Blog.


What makes you right for this role:

You are passionate and care about software
Your background is not important as long as you have a solid understanding and experience with object oriented programming and experience with web development
You have worked with OCI containers (e.g. Docker, Docker Compose)
You like being in a team working towards a common goal, learning together, and supporting and lifting up your peers
You have an eye for software design and quality and you understand the importance of tests
You can recognize legacy code and know how to effectively deal with it
You like to participate in technical discussions and are open to new ideas
You are a fan of innovation and like to promote innovative approaches within the team
You are not afraid of making mistakes and you learn from them
You want to keep learning and developing yourself
You are able to communicate in English at a professional capacity


Technologies we use:

Most of our server side code is written in PHP and for version control we use Git. We use Vue.js and TypeScript for our modern frontends. We also keep migrating our legacy code into these and newer technologies. Also, testing is important to us; we use testing frameworks and practice continuous integration across our projects. We currently use Docker to provide Wikibase Suite to the users.

Knowledge and experience in these technologies is not a requirement. We believe they all can be learned on the job and WMDE, your team, and your line manager will support you in this learning. We list only a few of them here.


Interested?

Then apply now! Send us your detailed application documents (Resume & Motivational Letter (yes, we read them)) via our job portal. Our HR team will be happy to answer your questions. We kindly ask you to refrain from application photos and information on date of birth, marital status and parents. We look forward to hearing from you!

Wikimedia Germany is committed to equal opportunities and does not discriminate on the basis of, for example, ethnic origin, citizenship, religion or belief, political or other convictions, gender, age, disability or sexual identity or orientation.


At Wikimedia Deutschland e.V. we help create, collect and distribute free knowledge. 

In 2004, volunteer Wikipedia activists founded the non-profit association Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin, which now consists of over 100,000 members and 160 full-time staff.

Free knowledge leads to a fairer world. Wikipedia is the most important online knowledge collection of our time. The German Wikipedia alone records almost 1 billion page views per month for a total of 2.6 million articles. We - Wikimedia Deutschland e. V. - support the volunteers of Wikipedia and its sister projects, develop free software, such as Wikidata, and advocate for free access to knowledge, the opening of education and research, and more common good orientation in data policy.


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