Our Administration includes Finance, Human Resources and Office Management, as well as the Legal Department.
The tasks of the Finance team include: creditor and debtor management, management accounting, conducting internal and external analyses, monthly and annual financial statements.
The Human Resources team is responsible for supporting our employees and recruitment, personnel planning, the preparation of employment contracts and references, on- and off-boarding of employees, payroll as well as trainings and coachings.
Our Office Management team welcomes visitors to our office, supports customers and applicants, realizes smooth workflows in office organization, general correspondence, ordering and managing office materials as well as organizing team and company events.
Our Legal Department takes care of all legal aspects of our online shopping portals, as well as the legal affairs within the company itself. The department’s relevant subject areas cover contractual, commercial, copyright, brand, data protection and IT law.
Our department is structured in two main areas:
The shopping platform area, which deals with everything user facing: desktop site, mobile site, traffic acquisition.
The product catalogue area on the other hand is concerned with providing the underlying inventory, including product imports, classification and building of fast search indexes.
Agile software development is important to us, we not only continuously improve our platforms and tools, but also the environment and processes we work in.
Our System Administration team builds and maintains our infrastructure, which include our production servers in a datacenter, but also the office infrastructure. From network switches and bare metal servers to running Docker and Kubernetes, they provide the basis which runs the platform.
Last but not least our Technical Operations team supports the application monitoring and configuration, ensuring that the platform runs smoothly for users and shops.
The Marketing department is responsible for positioning our brands, promoting our growth and successfully implementing multi-channel strategies. Our team utilizes data analyses to target new customers and key accounts. The core tasks include increasing the searchability and reach of our online shopping portals, maximizing revenue and acquiring new customers. In order to achieve these goals, our Marketing department makes use of all relevant channels, from search engine advertising (SEA), search engine optimization (SEO) to Facebook and display advertising as well as email marketing.
Product Management represents the interface between our company and the individual specialist departments, the team and the user. Its responsibilities include planning, controlling and continually developing our online shopping portals, implementing market and competition analyses as well as product controlling. Creativity, strategic thinking and farsighted action are important skills in this department.
To ensure our customers find exactly what they’re looking for as smoothly as possible, our Quality Management team expands and optimizes our data continuously. The quality assurance and controlling of product categories for our online shopping portals form the focus of the team’s work. Alongside juggling large quantities of data, attention to detail is key here.
Our Sales department is the central point of contact for our partner shops. Alongside strategic and operational consulting as well as the long-term support and ongoing development of our existing customer base, the team is also responsible for acquiring new customers. The team’s daily duties include contract negotiations, performance analyses, continual monitoring of the market and competition, establishing new business areas and presenting our company at trade fairs.
From early on in his life, Robert has always been drawn to become an entrepreneur. During his studies at the renowned WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, he already founded his first company. Before founding Visual Meta together with Johannes Schaback in 2009, he worked for a venture capital company and in investment banking at Merrill Lynch. At Visual Meta, Robert is currently responsible for Marketing, Product, Engineering & Visual Meta Business Labs.
Johannes graduated in 2008 with a degree from the Humboldt University, one of Berlin’s oldest universities. After that he joined McKinsey & Company. During his time there he was primarily responsible for advising the top management of industrial enterprises, especially in matters of strategic direction and operational improvement. At the same time he was working on his PhD. In 2015 he joined Visual Meta as Managing Director and is responsible for Sales, Quality Management & Administration.
Before joining Visual Meta, Dominik has worked as CMO of Axel Springer’s Welt Digital, one of Germany’s most successful media brands. Prior to that he helped orchestrate the growth of several other digital companies such as eBay, ImmobilienScout24, and Mirapodo. With his elaborated experience and college degrees in Computer Science and Economics, Dominik is the perfect fit for his role at Visual Meta, where he is in charge of Product Management, Strategic Partnerships, Marketing and Visual Meta Business Labs.
At age 12 Mar already took her first HTML and design courses. After studying Journalism in Barcelona, she worked as Product Manager for FC Barcelona’s and Real Madrid’s online ticketing agency. She then transferred to Amsterdam, where she continued to work in product with a strong mobile focus. Mar joined the Visual Meta team in 2015 as Senior Product Owner. In 2017 she took on the position as Team Leader, and since 2018 Mar is heading the Product Department, developing strong products with a strong team.
Felix is an organizational psychologist, who has been focusing on forming high performing company cultures for over ten years. He brings in valuable experience as human resources consultant, as Human Resources Manager in an international consulting company and as the Head of Human Resources Customer Care at Zalando SE. Besides inspiring the employees at Visual Meta, he regularly gives lectures on “Leadership & Change” at the well-known Berlin School of Economics & Law (HWR).
As Philipp’s position requires thoroughness, he has studied at three different universities – namely Jena, Brussels and Berlin. He makes sure that we run a financially healthy company, that our operational departments are supported in the best possible way, and that our employees can work in a great office with an appealing and open atmosphere. To balance out his numeric job, he loves doing sports and traveling with his family in his spare time.
Tim’s mission at Visual Meta is to structure all dimensions of our platforms to optimize their usability for our customers and our partners alike. After earning his bachelor degree in the Netherlands and his master in Sweden, he has been dedicated to perfecting the e-commerce experience as well as the standard of search functionalities. This includes categorizing hundreds of millions of products for virtual marketplaces in several different countries.
After studying Computer Science in Berlin and Shanghai, he worked at the renowned Fraunhofer Institute as a researcher before joining Visual Meta as software engineer in 2009. He is now leading the Engineering Department. Since he has been a part of the company from the very first year, he strives to maintain the sense of ownership and impact within the engineering department that he enjoyed during the start-up days of Visual Meta.
Philipp studied Business and Economics at the universities of Hamburg, Göttingen, and Hagen. He started his first company – an online shop for DJ equipment – in 2003 while he was still in school. Philipp founded two more companies before heading the International Sales department at idealo Internet GmbH. Philipp’s experience and expertise in e-commerce and digital business is an excellent asset for his position of Sales Director at Visual Meta.
Fabian started his career as a TV Editor. After finishing his Master in Business Administration, he focused on Online Marketing and excelled there in various positions at internationally well known companies such as Rocket Internet & Groupon. Before joining Visual Meta, Fabian was Head of Online Marketing for Axel Springer´s Welt, one of Germany’s most successful media brands. He has an excellent sense for the success factors that drives advertising business, ROI and overall user experience.
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