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New on Passport: Dispatches’ curated list of the 5 coolest jobs in Europe

Suddenly, the sky is the limit for highly skilled internationals looking for the coolest jobs in Europe.

There are not only lots of jobs, but really great jobs as countries from Finland to Romania run short of top skills. If you’re a web developer, engineer, techie, entrepreneur, manager or marketer, Europe’s job market is booming with more opportunities for expats than ever before. At the same time, the Trump Administration is closing the door to global talent.

This week, we decided to cherry-pick the most intriguing career opportunities our staffers have curated from Facebook, LinkedIn Premium and other sources as we build content on Passport, our new social media platform. (We just added a feature that posts the latest Passport updates on the Dispatches landing page.)

A note: We’ve noticed moderators of expat Facebook pages across Europe increasingly shut out commercial posts. We welcome them … if you’re searching for international talent, we reach thousands of people across Europe each week. If you  have a position to fill or you’re searching for just the right job, register on Passport here.

So, let’s see what we have this week that’s new and exciting.

Ubisoft opening in Stockholm

The big news last week was that Rennes, France-based video game maker Ubisoft is opening a new development studio in Stockholm. Patrick Bach, the former studio manager of EA DICE, will oversee the Ubisoft operation, according to a news release. The move comes after Ubisoft announced earlier this year it’s developing another Avatar game, scheduled to be released by 2020. The new Stockholm studio will be working on the game in tandem with Massive Entertainment, according to the release.

Putting two and two together (we’re smart like that) we deduced that Ubisoft is going to need people in Sweden, which has among the most welcoming visa regulations when it comes to international talent.

We actually read the entire release, which includes this:

 The addition of the new studio means that Ubisoft will take an even stronger position in the country’s video game ecosystem, creating 300 job opportunities in total in Sweden.

That’s right … 300 jobs.

There are already a number of Stockholm positions posted on Ubisoft’s career page including this one:



We are creative people who trust in each other and work toward a shared goal: to make the best games in the world. You will use your passion for game design to bring our central game features to new standards of excellence.

At our new Stockholm studio, you will be encouraged to challenge yourself as we break new ground in AAA game development. Are you ready to take your career to the next level at Ubisoft Stockholm?

We know … kind of vague. But this is such a rarefied world, you probably know if you have the skill sets to qualify. And who wouldn’t want to work for a game company in Stockholm?

You can apply here.

The company has like 200 openings around the world just in case you want to do something cool.

A job AND a visa in Tallinn

Estonia is embracing both the digital age and the global mobility of talent. Now, here’s your opportunity to benefit.

The Estonian e-residency program itself is looking for a back-end developer.

Estonian e-Residency will arrange the immigration paperwork required for the winning candidate and cover the associated costs.

You can read more about Estonia’s e-residency program here.

From the job posting:

We are looking for a back-end web developer to be responsible for creating and managing the interchange of data between the server and the users. Your primary focus in this role will be the development of all server-side logic, definition and maintenance of the central database, and ensuring high performance and responsiveness to requests from the front-end.

Here are some of the requirements:

  •  5+ years of back-end development experience
  • Proficient knowledge of a back-end programming language (PHP)
  • Can manage projects across multiple departments and stakeholders
  • Experience in developing product roadmaps

 N26 … the virtual bank

There’s no hotter category right now than Finch, and Berlin-based N26 is on the bleeding edge. No more bank tellers, branches or brick-and-mortar. Your smartphone app is all you need to manage money and pay your bills … even get a loan. This is about way more than accessing your bank via your computer or smartphone.

This is about refining consumers’ digital relationships with money.

From N26:

N26 is Europe’s first Mobile Bank with a full European banking license. We redesigned the banking experience to be simple, fast and contemporary. Founded in 2013 by Valentin Stalf and Maximilian Tayenthal, N26 has more than 200 employees and more than 300,000 customers in 17 countries. N26 has raised more than $55 million from investors including Li Ka-Shing’s Horizons Ventures, Battery Ventures and Valar Ventures, in addition to members of the Zalando management board, Earlybird Venture Capital and Redalpine Ventures.

To build the vision, N26 has dozens and dozens of openings listed on their website in eight categories including banking, marketing and PR, HR, IT and UX.

This one is easily the most demanding: Founders associate.

You’d be part of management, with duties ranging from arranging schedules to compiling reports. This is one of the most demanding recruitment profiles we’ve ever read, and N26 is looking for someone who could pretty much run the company with or without the founders, in our opinion.

  • You provide support on all levels to our founders and assist with complex details as well as administrative duties
  • You manage their complex schedules and prioritize items that need attention
  • You collect and prepare sensitive information for use in discussions and meetings with the company’s staff and outside individuals
  • You compile data, analyze problems, determine approach and prepare reports/recommendations
  • You contribute to various ongoing projects (business development, marketing campaigns, market/competitor analysis etc.)
  • You support in the annual budgeting process
  • You follow up with prospects, partners and other relevant stakeholders


  • You have graduated from a top university or business school majoring in Business Administration or similar
  • You have gained first practical experience (e.g. through internships) in either a top management consulting company, banking and/or a similar position in a fast growing startup tech company
  • You are 100% fluent in English and German, and ideally also have proficiency in another major European language

We hope they’re paying crazy money … and they have lots after raising $40 million last year. Backers include Peter Thiel (Facebook, PayPal and Palantir), who has German citizenship, but works out of Silicon Valley.

You can apply here.

 NetFlix needs a social media director in Amsterdam

We’ve had many, many posts about Netflix’s fixation with Europe, both creating content and expanding its subscriber base here for streaming video. Along with all that come lots and lots of career opportunities.

For example, how would you like to work in Amsterdam and oversee their social media strategy for most of Europe? By the way, DACH is shorthand for German-speaking countries and CEE is shorthand for Central and Eastern Europe.

Director Social Media – DACH & CEE

This is a senior, strategy-focused position with people management responsibilities and a remit to impact the trajectory of our business in DACH and CEE and beyond.

The director will lead a team of Netflix employees and agency partners, running local, pan-regional and global title and brand campaigns and will need to inspire a highly-skilled team of social experts. It will require senior partnership and collaboration with the content, PR and product teams, and reports to the Director of Social Media, EMEA.

UPS country marketing manager

We’d be remiss if we didn’t plug UPS’s opportunity in our HQ city of Eindhoven, the smartest city in the world. UPS has operations here including supply chain management, while their big European air freight hub is 100 miles away at Cologne Bonn Airport.

Country Marketing Manager:

The Country Marketing Manager plays a key role in volume, revenue and profit growth, per country business plan by identifying new market opportunities existing in the external market or created by internal activities. You will support the sales process by developing growth strategies and action plans that address the needs of target customers. You will work closely with other country staff to ensure collaboration between teams.  

What you’ll do in a day:

  • Identify and prioritize proper segmentation of addressable markets through relevant segmentation criteria and customer behaviors to increase proactive lead quality and quantity.
  • Manage detailed analysis and development of local Revenue Management initiatives to accelerate profitable growth and thereby strengthen UPS’ overall market position in the country.
  • Manage and develop your team by identifying individual and team skill gaps and development opportunities. You will facilitate individual and team development.
  • Execute communications, promotional and external. Managing the effectiveness and return on investment of the local PR agency network and managing the local internet page will be a part of this.

What profile you should have to succeed in this job?

  • We need you to have a University degree and at least five years of experience working in marketing & sales on a higher (country) level.
  • We are convinced it’s very important that you know how to challenge and motivate your team. You should be able to influence and convince others.
  • It’s a big plus if you have international experience.
  • We need you to focus on quality and you should be able to calculate business cases. Your drive is to be result oriented; you make things happen!

You can apply here.

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