Element • Berlin, Germany

Sales Development Representative (German Language)

Employment type:  Full time


Fully flexible hours

Dog friendly

Job Description

Sales Development Representative

German speaker (Remote based in Germany)

Element is the startup which employs the core team behind Matrix— the leading project for secure, open decentralised communication.

Matrix’s mission is to make messaging as open as email— allowing everyone to choose where their data is hosted, enjoy private conversations and ultimately be in control of their own communication.

We build open alternatives to apps like WhatsApp, Slack, Teams & more. Our early adopters include The French Government, we have delivered the world’s largest ever single contract for collaboration software supporting German schools with remote learning and more recently have welcomed the entire health care system of Germany on to Matrix. We’ve welcomed open source communities like Mozilla, KDE, GNOME and Wikimedia and are working towards gaining traction in personal messaging.

The Role

We're looking for an enthusiastic and strategic Business /Sales Development Representative (BDR/ SDR), to join our growing team.

In October 2019, we raised $8.5 million in a Series-A funding round from London’s leading SaaS VCs as well as an additional $4.6M from Automattic (the company behind WordPress) in April 2020. In July 2021, we raised another $30 million in Series-B funding . We’re at the cusp of Element uncontrollably exploding across our computers and phones in much the same manner that Netscape once did in the early days of the Web - or email did over the early Internet. The world has truly woken up to the age of decentralised communication. The US congress is releasing the ACCESS Act bill to enforce interoperability and data portability between platforms; the EU is pushing forwards with the Digital Markets Act for the same.

We're now aiming to reinforce the commercial side of the business, for both SaaS and Professional Services, and looking for an enthusiastic and strategic Business /Sales Development Representatives (BDR/ SDR), to join our growing team.

In this role, you get the opportunity to lead the initial outreach to targeted (Commercial or Enterprise) accounts, leveraging creative marketing and sales tactics to prospect and engage with multiple buyer personas and roles to introduce Element’s value. You will be responsible for generating qualified meetings and pipeline for the Element’s Sales organization. There is a real opportunity for significant growth in responsibility over time.


  • Effectively manage inbound lead flow as well as executing outbound prospecting initiatives
  • Conduct high-level discovery conversations in target accounts
  • Meet or exceed SDR sourced Sales Accepted Leads (SAL) volume targets
  • Collaborate with and leverage teammates to develop targeted lists, call strategies, and messaging to drive opportunities
  • Utilise business and industry knowledge to research accounts, identify key players, generate interest, create/identify compelling events, and develop accounts
  • Work to have a variety of touches (call, email, social, etc.) on all leads in your assigned territory using tools like Outplay.io
  • Manage, track, and report on all activities and results using Pipedrive
  • Participate in documenting all processes in the Element handbook and update as needed with in collaboration with the rest of the Sales team
  • Work in collaboration with Marketing to drive attendance at regional marketing events
  • Attend events to engage with participants identify opportunities, and to schedule meetings
  • Work in collaboration with Marketing to develop targeted marketing tactics against your assigned target accounts
  • We’re a diverse team and we’re looking for you to bring your own unique flavour to the SDR role!



While being passionate about helping customers to buy, you will have a strong curiosity and appreciation of open source technology. You will be looking forward to making a real impact to the world by distributing tech which addresses concrete and very topical pain points. By growing the Matrix footprint you will be helping users to take back control of their communications.

More concretely, we will expect you to have:

  • Fluency in spoken and written German. Globally we require excellent written and spoken English which is our company language
  • 2+ years work experience in a professional environment
  • Previous tech industry experience or experience in sales development, marketing and/or sales is a plus
  • Outbound prospecting experience is a plus
  • Knowledge of business process, roles, and organisational structure
  • Positive and energetic phone skills together with excellent listening skills
  • A track record of successful, credible achievements - you're a natural self-starter, with a desire to grow and win
  • Passionate about being a part of Element’s journey - you share our values, and work in accordance with those values
  • An interest in technology, in particular privacy focused and open source
  • Proficient in using a CRM and LinkedIn
  • Excited by the prospect of working cross-functionally with sales and marketing departments. You'll have exposure to different departments like Sales, Marketing, which will help you determine your career path at Element.

Our products are for everyone, and we know we cannot succeed without a diverse team. Our hiring process is designed to be humane and give candidates the best possible chance to show us what you can do. If we ever fall down on this, please let us know.


People tend to stay with the company for a long time, we take this as a sign that we have a cohesive, supportive culture, that we have engaging challenging work and that people can develop their skills and careers here for the long term. We also have a family friendly environment, many of the team have small children and we look to accommodate that as best we can. Since our technology is relevant to anything that requires real-time comms, the role provides exposure to a wide range of domains from web and app dev through to VR, VoIP and IoT.

Our package generally contains:

  • Private Health Insurance
  • Pension
  • Annual Bonus
  • Share Options
  • Home Office Allowance
  • Coworking Space Allowance
  • Annual leave (40 days including local bank holidays)
  • Company Socials (virtual or in person)
  • Annual Global Offsite
  • Plumm Health (mental health platform)

You can find a more detailed explanation here and you might be eligible for other benefits depending on your location.

Element does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Work from anywhere scheme
Enhanced sick pay
Pregnancy loss leave

The FlexScore® is the result of a rigorous 2-step verification of a company’s flexibility

First we assess the flexibility options Element provides and then we anonymously survey a statistically significant proportion of their employees to make sure Element is as flexible as they say they are. Our assessment is based on the six key elements of flexibility: location, hours, autonomy, benefits, role modelling and work-life balance.

We ask the hard questions so you don’t have to.

Working at Element

Company employees


Gender diversity (male:female:non-binary)


Office locations

London, UK and Rennes, France

Funding levels

What employees are saying

"Element is 100% one of the most flexible companies I've ever worked for, and it makes a big difference. I've had recruiters offer me salaries that are £60k higher, and it's still not enough to make me want to leave this lovely place. Founders make a BIG DEAL about flexible working. In fact, they have apologised company wide for sending emails a bit late or a bit early. And they've made it VERY CLEAR that this is because they take their children to school or take time out, and the rest of us aren't supposed to feel pressured by that. It's just a lovely environment all round and I feel very lucky!"

Anonymous Element Employee

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