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VP of Operations, Europe

Berlin, Germany · Operations


Our passion at SumUp is championing small businesses. We believe in creating technology that is flexible, affordable, and easy to use.  Every day millions of people around the world dream of starting their businesses. We strive to help them to do this. Our long-term ambition is to enable businesses to close the loop to their consumers through beautiful and fair financial services. 

Our VP of Operations contributes to SumUp's hyper-growth and expansion plans by developing SumUp’s operational vision. Whilst also building and leading a highly performant, cross-functional operations team and cultivating an agile, one-team culture. 

This role is an opportunity to make an impact and lift your career aspirations within a fast-growing, innovative, inclusive, and ethical business. As a naturally driven and inspirational leader, you welcome and expect outstanding performance from every member of the team. You love creative solutions and enjoy a vibrant and flexible working environment. Your passion will inspire our tribes in Europe and with that influence our people globally.

Sounds like a match? Let’s talk and see what we can come up with together!

Do you possess founder's mentality? Are you truly able to quickly recognise opportunities and apply expertise to deliver scalable solutions mastering a fast-paced environment to manage and motivate our growing team with passion?  Naturally, you think in innovative ways and are open to new ideas and approaches.

What you’ll do

This role will have a great impact, with the right operations strategy based on SumUp’s hyper-growth plans considering the multiple product business dynamics in Europe, on the future of SumUp.

You are in charge of creating and implementing a solid strategy to improve our effectiveness. The empathetic force behind the continuous improvement of our services is of course you. You recognise how to smooth out our operations process.

You will be serving as a focal point for the Operations team of 400+ in Customer Support, Risk & AntiFraud and Payment Operations areas and with that level up the internal communication. You will be defining directional action plans to address any KPI deficits. You will address the most important challenges and find solutions for our operative departments to become best-in-class.

You’ll be great for this role 

  • You have a deep understanding of Commerce, Payments, and Financial Services as well as Customer Experience and People Management

  • You successfully have upscaled before and demonstrated leadership

  • Great business acumen and a proven track record of process optimisation

  • Comfortable managing ambiguity in our matrix structure, leading change, aligning stakeholders, and helping the team do the same delivering world-class results

  • You own a very high level of communication skills that span all levels of management, almost like a translator in order for operations to run smoothly day to day

  • You’re a leader who balances pragmatism with visionary leadership

  • You have influential coaching communication skills and can present a vision in an articulate way that inspires other leaders

  • Energy & Drive: You thrive on driving things forward and delivering impact. You have an energetic and entrepreneurial spirit

  • Needless to say that it’s at the very core of our company how much we value taking action, ownership, accountability & responsibility, and thinking outside the box

Why you should join SumUp

  • We’re a global team of 2000+ people from 60+ countries, spread across 3 continents.

  • You can truly create your own path here and help us shape the future for small merchants.

  • We get together regularly for breakfasts, team events, office parties, and sports

  • You’ll receive a budget for your individual development, attending conferences and external training. 

  • We offer a corporate pension scheme, 28 days’ paid leave, free German and yoga classes, subsidized Urban Sports Club membership and other great benefits.

  • Our new office is based in the center of Berlin and offers next to an amazing view over the rooftops also our own little gym

  • We offer visa and relocation support for you, your family, and even your pets.


We believe in the everyday hero. Small business owners are at the heart of all we do, so we're creating tools that help them run their businesses. With a founder’s mentality and a 'team-first attitude, our diverse teams across Europe, South America, and the United States work together to ensure that the small business owners we partner with can be successful doing what they love.