Senior Software Engineer - Logistics Returns & Overarching Services (all genders)

Full time
Job Category
Software Engineering - Backend


As a Senior Software Engineer within the Returns and Overarching Services department, you will be instrumental in evolving our growing Returns Solutions for our new projects and initiatives. This role will place you in a critical team, where you will be involved in the development and optimization of services and applications crucial for the processing of millions of returned items through our expansive Logistics network. Your work will not only impact the immediate processing of returns but also play a pivotal role in the refurbishment and sortation processes, ensuring items are swiftly reintegrated into our inventory.

Beyond the immediate scope of returns, the team also contributes to the maintenance and enhancement of critical infrastructure that supports the entirety of our Logistics operations. You will join an organization consisting of multiple teams, supported by the same Principal Engineer and Engineering Manager. The different teams regularly come together as one larger organization and collaborate on projects helping each other. 


At Zalando, our vision is to be the starting point for fashion - one that is inclusive by design. We only assess candidates based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, personal expressions, racial identities, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and disability statuses. We only want to know why you’re great for this role, so please avoid including your picture, age, and marital status in your CV as well.

We want to provide you with a great candidate experience. Please feel free to inform us of any accommodations you may need, so we can best support and assist you throughout the hiring process.  

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  • Drive proofs of concept, pilots and technology evaluations to accelerate the onboarding of new technologies and solution designs

  • Manage your service from the architecture to testing, deployment and operation in an agile environment

  • Deliver a high-performance, resilient, and scalable distributed system landscape that handles large amounts of data while continuously enabling a high pace of change and innovation by working with your development and product team

  • Contributing to our growing tech community and encouraging knowledge-sharing


  • You have professional programming experience with significant expertise in JVM-based programming languages such as Java or Kotlin or Scala. 

  • You are experienced with different relevant frameworks (Spring, Ktor, etc.). You have experience in microservice architecture, distributed systems and RESTful APIs using relevant technologies

  • Some experience with JavaScript or TypeScript, preferably with React framework

  • You demonstrate experience with event-driven architecture, including proficiency with Kafka or similar technologies.

  • Experienced with the design, maintenance, and implementation of relational databases such as PostgreSQL

  • Effective communication skills in English and ability to understand business requirements


Zalando provides a range of benefits, here’s an overview of what you can expect. Ask your Talent Acquisition Partner to learn more about what we offer.

  • Employee shares program

  • 40% off fashion and beauty products sold and shipped by Zalando, 30% off Zalando Lounge, discounts from external partners

  • 2 paid volunteering days a year

  • Hybrid working model with up to 60% remote per week, actual practice is up to each team to best support their collaboration

  • Work from abroad for up to 30 working days a year

  • 27 days of vacation a year to start

  • Relocation assistance available (subject to prior agreement)

  • Family services, including counseling and support

  • Health and wellbeing options (including Gympass)

  • Mental health support and coaching available

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Please note that all applications must be completed using the online form - we do not accept applications via email.


Bettina Melis

Please note that all applications must be completed using the online form - we do not accept applications via e-mail.

About Zalando

It’s the perfect time to join Zalando on our journey to build the leading pan-European ecosystem for fashion and lifestyle e-commerce. Help us offer an inspiring and quality multi-brand shopping experience for fashion and lifestyle products to about 50 million active customers in 25 markets. Or be part of our logistic infrastructure, software or service capabilities to help brands and retailers run and scale their entire e-commerce business, on or off Zalando. Join our Zalando ecosystem, to enable positive change for the fashion and lifestyle industry. 

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