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Engineering Manager - Applied Generative AI (all genders)



Software Engineering, Other Engineering, Data Science
Berlin, Germany
Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2024

Babbel is the top-selling language learning platform globally. We are driven by our purpose of creating mutual understanding through language. Through the Babbel app, Babbel Live classes, Babbel podcasts, and Babbel for Business products, we provide learners with the most effective solutions, enabling them to communicate in real-life scenarios with real people.

The Babbel team is as diverse as our content. With headquarters in Berlin, Germany and our US office in New York, we're a team of 1,000+ people from over 80 different nationalities.

For more information about Babbel and our language learning solutions, please visit or download our app from the App Store or Play Store.

Engineering Managers at Babbel have technical skills, can provide leadership for their teams and develop their members. Engineering teams work across the company to build better mobile and web experiences for learners, growing the B2B area, infrastructure, content, and data platforms.

As part of our mission to create the future of language learning, you will work closely with the product manager, product designers, subject matter experts, and cross-platform engineers to bring this mission to reality for Babbel learners.

You will:

  • Work in a multidisciplinary team to craft the technical and product vision for learning experiences leveraging dynamic content generation.
  • Work with cross-functional partners to plan and execute team strategies to advance the company OKRs.
  • Manage engineers with different specialisations and drive the evolution of our engineering practices.
  • Manage dependencies and expectations, build trust with all stakeholders, and deliver on commitments.
  • Own problems, continuously learn and improve, overcome obstacles and enhance the product for our learners.

You are:

  • Enjoying to work on user-facing products and language learning is close to your heart.
  • Comfortable working on experiments and have a can-do attitude to build MVPs and iterate on them in short cycles.
  • Pragmatic and can establish a good balance between addressing technical debt and ensuring delivery speed.
  • Having a track record of shipping ML-based products and are willing to delve into the codebase when necessary.
  • Possessing excellent communication, planning, and organizational skills.
  • Experienced growing engineers with diverse skill sets, ranging from full-stack developers to data scientist.

You have:

  • 3+ years of experience in successfully applying NLP and ML techniques to real-world problems.
  • 3+ years of experience managing high-performing engineering and/or applied research teams.
  • Experience with serverless and event-driven architectures (e.g. AWS Lambda, AWS API Gateway, AWS Kinesis).
  • Experience with SQL and NoSQL databases (e.g. MySQL, Postgres, AWS DynamoDB).
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills with experience working in a cross-functional team.
  • Hands-on experience with relevant technologies and programming languages, such as Python, Javascript, OpenAI.
  • A proven understanding of AI/ML, including ML frameworks, public cloud and commercial AI/ML solutions.
  • A passion for staying up to date with the latest trends and technologies in AI/ML.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.

Nice to have:

  • Experience with AWS SageMaker or Bedrock.
  • Experience with Databricks.
  • Experience with text embeddings or Vector-based databases.

Some perks of becoming a Babbelonian:

  • Enjoy 30 vacation days and the chance to take a 3-month Sabbatical. Plus family and life situation counseling.
  • Decide how, when and from where you want to work with our flexible working hours and remote friendly options as Jobbatical (up to 3 months inside the EU) or work from our fully equipped office with nap, faith and family rooms.
  • Learn and grow with the internal learning opportunities, and use a yearly learning & development budget for external training. Learn languages with Babbel for free with your full access to Babbel & Babbel Live classes.
  • Take advantage of your mobility benefits options and a discounted Urban Sports Club membership.
  • Be part of our employee communities (such as Femgineers, DE&I Ambassadors and LGBTQIA groups), attend cultural and regular social events.

Diversity at Babbel

As part of our ongoing journey towards building a diverse, equitable and inclusive company, we welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in tech. We are a learning company, inside and out, and we encourage you to apply even if you do not fit all the technical requirements - all candidates are assessed based on skills, qualifications and on our business needs. Please state your pronouns in your application, and let us know if you’d like to be addressed by a name other than the one appearing on your official documents. If you have a disability or special need, feel welcome to inform us, so that we can provide you with the proper assistance in the application process.

Sounds good? We are already looking forward to hearing from you! Check out also our jobs page, our blog and our techblog to get an impression about #lifeatbabbel!