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People & Culture Lead (f/m/x)

Germany, Berlin, BerlinBusiness - Human Resources

Job description

About lemon.markets 🍋

We're on a mission to open 100 million brokerage accounts within the next ten years. Building the infrastructure for FinTech companies to launch an investing feature or product in Europe. Delivering the full value chain of brokerage through one API.

Over the last quarters, we focused on bringing the first version of the API to the market. Thousands of developers signed up and hundreds started to build their individual use cases with us. This resulted in 80+ inquiries from companies to launch their own stock trading UI with lemon.markets. With 15 million of fresh funding, we are now taking the next steps toward our mission: Building out our capabilities to allow (Fin)Tech companies to offer investment opportunities to their customers.

We have experienced first hand that brokerage infrastructure is broken. It’s a messy and complex problem that will take time to solve. But that’s exactly what we enjoy. Going to places nobody else dares and shielding our customers from the biggest pain. This not only creates tons of value when done right, but attracts the smartest minds - because we believe outlier companies are built by exceptional people like you.


Your Mission:

As People & Culture Lead you are tasked to make working at lemon.markets as smooth & empowering as possible by taking care of all things people & culture. We are looking for a generalist who is eager to build an inclusive, dynamic, personal-growth-oriented environment.

This is your opportunity to build a great employee experience for all lemoneers, from the core aspects (HR processes, feedback processes, culture, D&I) to helping to build an entire system ahead for the future growth (learning and development, retention, VSOP). We are a diverse & international team. Navigating different locations, working models (remote or onsite) and legislative set-ups, and yet we all share a common mission and principles when working together.

This means you will have a wide set of responsibilities ranging from managing onboarding, organising offsites & events like our lemon.talks, to supporting with payroll. Allowing you a high degree of ownership & impact in here. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to shape our working space by taking over the responsibility for our HQ.

In this role, you will have the best of both worlds. An early stage start-up and lean company, enabling you to get things done. While having a good foundation of processes to go off and team members across Talent, BizOps and the leadership to strategically collaborate with.


  • Own our HR platform and maintain our HR database. Being responsible for the preparation of employment contracts, supplementary agreements, and other agreements.
  • You will own the onboarding process for new joiners of the company and manage lemoneers through all stages of the employee cycle. Make them feel welcome, set them up for success and help them grow.
  • Help build a strong framework and the processes around the entire employee life cycle to ensure a great employee experience & professional development.
  • Be responsible for the implementation of tools as well as the maintenance and professionalisation of our digital processes.
  • Living by our principles is key to us. Therefore, you’ll play a key role in nurturing our company culture & building the right framework & activities around it. This means you will help with everything from organising team events and offsites, to creating cultural moments that promote our principles within the company. You will be able to define and drive this forward.
  • Design & craft company policies (e.g. code of conduct, employee handbook).
  • Be responsible for our work space, our lemon.markets HQ and make sure our team has everything they need to do their best work e.g.  office supplies, coordinate with external partners and all the small things needed to make lemoneers have a great time.
  • Communicate with our tax consultants and finance team about all things payroll.

Job requirements


You will be successful in this role if:

  • You have gained profound experience working within the People function (HR Management, People & Culture or Operations), ideally in an early-stage startup, fintech or tech company.
  • You have led your own projects & initiatives e.g. the implementation of new tools, developing new People Ops processes, leading workshops for teams or the planning of company events.
  • You bring empathy and good communication skills to the table. You will be the go-to person for all people-related questions for all of our lemoneers on a day-to-day basis.
  • You genuinely care about people & culture. We believe exceptional people build exceptional products. Enabling employees being at their best & fostering a great company culture driven by clear principles is something you are very passionate about.
  • You enjoy building processes from scratch. We want to get our people operations processes right from the start, making sure they are scalable and follow best practices.
  • You are well experienced in managing multiple contract setups. Having experience with our current HRIS Personio and our payroll integration DATEV, would be a plus.
  • You are ready and willing to take ownership. “This is not my job!” is not part of your vocabulary - you identify problems, take initiative to take them on and challenge the status quo.
  • You are looking for a steep learning curve. You are driven by challenges and your curiosity to learn & improve. You stay up to date with latest trends & development within People Operations and Organisational development. We will always enable you with that, but your willingness has to come first.
  • You understand what working in a startup or a similar lean organization is like. Working in an early-stage startup can be somehow frightening, overwhelming and amazing at the same time.


How we take care of you:

🚀 Competitive compensation package:

We will offer you a mix of cash and stock options based on your appetite for upside.

💎 Make a real impact:

Shape the employee experience of all lemoneers. Decide on tools and processes, to make working at lemon.markets a great experience.

🕑 Flexible working hours:

We value focus time. Encouraging everyone to minimise fixed meetings and leverage asynchronous communication.

💻 Build your perfect setup:

Mac, Mechanical Keyboard, Screen. These are not expenses but investments. Please tell us what is needed to make you productive, and we will take care of it.

🏢 Onsite first, but remote flexible:

We all believe that in - person collaboration is an integral part of working together, but offer flexibility for remote working (75% of the team are >3 days a week in the office). Due to the nature of your role, there is a clear expectation to have office days on a regular basis. Once a quarter the whole team meets for our offsite to honer this belief.

📈 Grow with us:

We take your personal development seriously, meaning that we make sure to constantly mentor and challenge you so that you can reach your next level and beyond.

👶🏽 Get the flexibility you need:

Whether you have a family or a passion that you want to follow on the side. We want to offer you a setting that fits your current stage in life.


As an equal opportunity employer, lemon.markets is committed to building an inclusive workplace. The company welcomes people from all different backgrounds, including age, citizenship, ethnic and racial origins, gender identities, individuals with disabilities, marital status, religions and ideologies, and sexual orientations to apply.


About the process

Hiring can be an exhausting process, especially when you're the one trying to get hired. Therefore, we try to make this a fast and transparent process. Additionally, you will always have one contact person guiding you through the process and helping you to schedule meetings, and setting you up on a path of success. Your process will look like this:


  1. Get to know lemon.markets - Jasmin - Talent | 40 minutes

  2. Get to know - Teresa - Chief of Staff | 60 minutes

  3. Meet us at lemon.markets HQ

    1. Ask us anything - Meet the Team | 30 minutes
    2. Meet the BisOps team - Ferdinand & Elena | 30 minutes
    3. Case Study - Jasmin, Max & Teresa | 60 minutes
  4. Leadership Interview | 30 minutes

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