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“Ancient Gaugamela, 331 BC

Alexander the Great had just completed the strategy and tactics that he would use in the battle tomorrow. He was sure that the plan would be successful as he knew very well the weaknesses and strengths of all of his teams. The next step was to explain it to his commanders, whom he trusted completely and knew that they would be able to bring the victory, the plan didn't have any value without his commanders. Parmenion was the first one, his experience was based on battles in inaccessible areas, so he suggested to change some of the routes that the legion had to follow. Alexander trusted Parmenion and knew that his recommendations would lead the legion to a huge victory for the team. The next one was Cleitus, who had already participated in many battles and had brought many victories to the team. Alexander knew that Cleitus needed a distance from the battles and rest, so he would announce to him that this time should stay in the camp and not join the team. Alexander was always protective of his team and knew when it was the time for his people to take some rest. The next one was Valakros, he didn't have the same experience with the other commodores, he was a talent by birth, probably someone will not trust him but Alexander knew that not everyone should have the traditional experience in order to be a trusted commander, people are not defined only from their past experience.”

Probably things didn't happen exactly like this but for us great leaders like Alexander the Great are people that define the strategy and care about their people, know about their strengths and weaknesses and adapt according to circumstances and listen to their team members. This is not a typical job ad, is more a description on how we feel about our leaders and especially for our Engineering managers, and YES we are looking for an Engineering Manager!

So what makes a great leader at Pleo? Unlike most job specs, it’s important for us to explain who we are through the leadership style that we represent - and are looking for - in our engineering manager.

Our type of leaders:

  • Our leadership style is grounded by our product values: we believe in delegation, trust, autonomy and transparency.
  • We need a leader who can take a leap of faith in their people to do the job and to make the bets they best believe in.
  • As we scale (especially at the speed that we do!) it’s easy to start to centralise responsibilities. The Pleo product works against that by delegating spending to everyone. So too, as leaders at Pleo, do we delegate responsibilities, decisions and tasks even at scale. It can be hard, but this is the trust we show our people - and we believe that this is how you can scale a company in a smart and effective way.
  • We don’t believe in a traditional hierarchy and won’t work well with someone who believes that titles trump good ideas.
  • We work with a lot of compassion: we treat mental wellbeing and sick leave seriously, we listen when people aren’t okay and we make sure we can cater to that.
  • We are inclusive and push that agenda to everyone: we need to be the ones who set the standard here.

Your leadership style:

  • We always say that we hire anyone who we would want to be our boss, irrespective of the role they’re in (from Customer Support student workers to co-founder!). That should be the feeling we’re left with when any of us speak to you.
  • We are looking for someone who cares deeply about individuals as human beings - we focus on authentic leadership and are actively trying to develop ourselves in this space.
  • We hope that you will be able to show vulnerability, radical transparency and a listening ear to those around you.
  • We truly believe that with this type of style you and your team will set an incredible path forward - and that path will get us to incredible places. We want an engineering manager whose team will be standing on the top of the mountain with them - celebrating together and not left behind exhausted on the path below.

You will thrive in this role if you:

  • Have a passion for people management. You work to see your team and individuals growing and shipping great software
  • Like to work with cross-functional teams and other stakeholders to align engineering functions with product & business direction and goals. You think like a technologist in core and optimise for both customers and the business.
  • Enjoy design and optimisation of teams and processes to maximise their efficiency. You are comfortable to step into technical discussion or take important stakeholder meetings with a goal to remove roadblocks allowing the team to move forward.
  • You are a strong communicator, with both technical and commercial stakeholders.
  • You’re a technologist at heart. We work in cross functional teams in product and engineering: each team is made up by co-founders from product and engineering - and joined by designers, coders and maybe even some people from commercial.

What this Role entails:

  • Work closely with the Group Product Manager and set a vision and direction for the group of product teams.
  • Directly manage Engineering Leads and oversee a group of ~12-20 engineers.
  • Drive customer-centric & solution oriented mindset.
  • Continuously improve environment and processes for how we build our product.
  • Align technology direction within your area, with other areas as well as with overall technology direction of the company.
  • Represent engineering in key initiatives and projects within the department or across the company and ensure they get delivered.
  • Design the organisation, objectives and hold a high standard in people, delivery and technology.

Your colleagues say about you:

  • Have a solid track in Software Engineering.
  • You can inspire and motivate others.
  • Care about helping people grow.
  • Are easy to work with and a person they would also enjoy having a coffee with (virtual or not).
  • Listen to feedback but is strong enough to drive your own vision.

Your mom says that you:

  • Co-ordinated other kids to build huge lego constructions.
  • Always come up with the most efficient route to do your errands.
  • You know way too much about everything.
  • Take on challenges happily.
  • Probably work in IT (moms).

Show me the benefits!

  • Your own Pleo card (no more out-of-pocket spending).
  • Ability to work remotely (anywhere between the east coast of the Americas to European time zones)...
    ...or onsite if you want to (Copenhagen, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Madrid, Montreal).
  • Quarterly trips to somewhere for team camps (both company-wide ones and team-specific ones). The last one was in Northern Ireland last December.
  • Investment in learning & developing (just check with your team for what's reasonable, we don't have set budgets).

And here are some other nice gestures that we do

  • Catered lunch in our HQ and London offices when you're here.
  • 25 days holidays (annual).
  • Loads of weird and wonderful niche communities to join in the company (we're talking guerrilla gardening, liquids tasting, the Pleo band, learning to code initiatives, beer brewing, skiing, that type of thing).
  • Wild enthusiasm and encouragement from us if you want to host MeetUps, events, etc - we'll help (venue, food etc).


Working at Pleo means you're working on something very exciting: the future of work. Through fintech we've seen a way to impact how people work; we think company spending should be delegated to all employees and teams, that it should be as automated as possible, and that it should drive a culture of responsible spending. Based on some pretty amazing Series C-round investment in 2021 we think we're onto something big.

So, in a nutshell, that's Pleo. Today we are a 400+ team, from over 54 nations, sitting in our Copenhagen HQ, London, Stockholm, Berlin, Madrid, Montreal, or Lisbon offices – and quite a few full-time remotes in 22 other countries! Being HQ'd out of Copenhagen means we're inspired by sensible things like a good work-life balance. If you don't work in the office with us we'll help you get up the best remote setup possible, and will fly you in once a quarter for team camps.

Things to look up about us

Sometimes, we win awards 🤩 🏆
If you want to know how we hire company-wide, there's a post on our blog.
Or have a sneak peek into what happens when get together for Pleo Team Camp on our YouTube 👈🏾
Check out what we think about the realities of working remotely on our blog.
No one says it quite like our customers. Hear what they have to say this week on Trustpilot.
Also, check out Glassdoor if you'd like to hear about us from other people.

PS. we treat all candidates equally: If you are interested please apply through our application system - any correspondence should come from there! Our lovely support isn't able to pass on any calls/ emails our way - and this makes sure that the candidate experience is smooth and fair to everyone 🙂

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