Head of Operations, Germany

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Location: Berlin, Germany

Coinbase has built the world's leading compliant cryptocurrency platform serving over 30 million accounts in more than 100 countries. With multiple successful products, and our vocal advocacy for blockchain technology, we have played a major part in mainstream awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency. We are proud to offer an entire suite of products that are helping build the cryptoeconomy, and increase economic freedom around the world.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we assess whether a candidate demonstrates our values: Clear Communication, Positive Energy, Efficient Execution, and Continuous Learning. Second, we look for signals that a candidate will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, disrupt ourselves, and expect sustained high performance because we play as a championship team. Finally, we seek people with the desire and capacity to build and share expertise in the frontier technologies of crypto and blockchain, in whatever way is most relevant to their role.

Read more about our values and culture here.

As Coinbase continues to expand internationally, we are looking for an exceptional candidate to help build out and run our German operations, headquartered in Berlin.

The Germany Head of Operations will play a critical role in the day to day operation of the German business and in managing relationships with regulators, banking partners and other service providers.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

  • Play a key role in supporting the application process with the BaFin for a licence under the new crypto custody licensing regime that has recently been introduced in Germany
  • Be the primary point of contact for the BaFIN day-to-day once licensed and have key responsibility for managing outsourced services provided by other CB group entities,  ensuring that Coinbase Germany operates in full compliance with the requirements of its licence 
  • Liaise closely with teams in London, Dublin and San Francisco to ensure smooth operation of the business
  • Manage day to day relationships with key third parties such as banking partners
  • Oversee business operations and work closely with the Country Manager to develop and grow the business and deliver the best of Coinbase to German customers
  • Role reports into the GM, Europe based in London

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

  • At least 8 years experience in a Project Management, Legal or Operations role in a BaFin regulated entity in the securities or payment services sector
  • Solid understanding of the German regulatory landscape for financial services, including requirements around outsourcing 
  • Familiarity with regulatory relations work and experience in responding to regulatory consultations and engaging with regulators to help shape emerging regulation, as well as managing regulatory audits
  • Fluency in English and German
  • Previous experience working in a multinational US-headquartered business helpful but not essential
  • Great communication skills and the ability to work effectively in an international organisation, implementing global standards while ensuring that local requirements are met
  • Good  understanding of how the various  functions of a regulated financial services business operate (e.g. Compliance, Finance, Risk, Treasury, Audit, Outsourcing) 
  • Keen interest in crypto/blockchain (expertise not a prerequisite but willingness to learn essential)
  • Self-starter who is excited at the prospect of growing a business in a fast developing sector
  • Pragmatic and solutions-oriented - always looking for more efficient and effective ways to do things

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Benefits at Coinbase
  • Health, Dental, and Vision insurance covered at 100% for employees and 80% for dependents
  • HSA plan with company seed
  • Disability and Life Insurance
  • 401(k) plan with company match
  • $260 monthly Commuter Benefit
  • Monthly Gym Benefit
  • Volunteer Time Off
  • Fertility Counseling and Benefits
  • Learning and Development stipend
  • 18 weeks paid Parental Leave
  • Meals and Snacks provided onsite
  • The option of getting paid in digital currency
  • 7 year post termination option exercise window (for employees who stay 2 years or more) vs. the industry standard 90 days