Principal Packaging and Quality Engineer (all genders) - Fixed term contract

Full time
Job Category
Logistics & Supply Chain

This position is a one-year limited contract serving as maternity cover.


As a Principal Packaging & Quality Engineer (all genders) in our Packaging R&D Team, you will develop new unpacking experiences and quality frameworks. You will rethink our current customer-facing and intralogistics packaging and optimise or design new scalable solutions. You work jointly with our supply partners, warehouse teams and internal stakeholders, always keeping a strong focus on our customers and the planet.


  • Responsibility for development of the Zalando Group packaging portfolio.

  • Drive innovation to enable to engineer and design a more sustainable, scalable packaging portfolio and develop new testing frameworks .

  • Develop new testing frameworks for quality management, centrally and for our on-site teams. 

  • Lead alignment with internal stakeholders such as Logistics Operations, Transport, Procurement and Warehouse teams when updating or building new unboxing experiences.

  • Engage with our suppliers, manufacturers and logistics service providers as well as universities and start-ups to identify trends and collaboration opportunities.

  • Identify opportunities in the sustainable packaging sphere to elevate our customer experience and mentor junior packaging and quality engineers.


  • Degree with a focus on Packaging Engineering (Material Science expertise is a plus), Industrial engineering, Logistics Engineering or comparable education as well as at least 5-8 years of professional experience in the area of product / service development within Logistics or Supply Chain. 

  • Relevant professional experience designing new customer propositions and bringing physical products from ideation to production to hand over for scaling. Experience working for a packaging supplier is a plus. 

  • Passion for developing new customer experiences with sustainability top of mind, paper-based packaging, manufacturing, logistics, sustainability desirable.

  • Experience developing quality/testing frameworks and standards, performing quality lab testing (ISTA, ISO etc). 

  • Excellent English communications skills (German strongly desirable).


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 60% (or more) 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 (for Zalando SE)

  • 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

Learn all about Zalando and our values here:


At Zalando, our vision is to be inclusive by design. And this vision starts with our hiring - we do not discriminate on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, personal expression, ethnicity, religious belief, or disability status. You are welcome to leave out your picture, age, or marital status from your application. We only assess candidates on their qualifications and merit. 

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

do.BETTER - our diversity & inclusion strategy:
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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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