Engineering Manager - Inspiration & Entertainment (m/f/d)

Full time
Job Category
Software Engineering - Leadership

Engineering Manager - Inspiration & Entertainment

Zalando’s newly formed Inspiration and Entertainment venture is seeking a dynamic and experienced Engineering Manager to join the ZCPS engineering team. This is a new venture at Zalando that will focus on embracing a new future, where this role will contribute to a new chapter in the evolution of online retail.As Engineering Manager, you will lead the team in building an end to end engagement journey, furthering our Inspiration & Entertainment strategy. With a mission to solve major customer challenges around inspiration & Entertainment in fashion & lifestyle e-commerce, you will also help shape and enhance how customers interact with the Zalando ecosystem. As an Engineering Manager, you will lead a team of exceptional engineers who work closely with product, design and data scientists to build the end-end engagement experience. This role provides a unique opportunity to collaborate in a multidisciplinary team of backend, web and mobile engineers, shape the technical direction, and oversee the end to end execution of projects as well as evolve ways of working of the team and department overall. Together with our Leadership, you will work on the future strategy and vision for our teams.


  • Provide technical and people leadership: Building, growing, managing, leading, and inspiring a product-driven team while ensuring smooth delivery and continuous improvement in the team. You will also provide coaching to world class engineers at all levels in Zalando.

  • Lead & shape technical strategy: Taking critical architectural decisions, contributing to the priorities, understanding the modern data landscape and its importance.

  • Own and implement customer centricity: Establish a customer centric, high-performing engineering culture. 

  • Senior Technical stakeholder engagement: Managing stakeholders and dependencies, working closely with data scientists, and the product counterparts on solution planning, design and implementation.

  • Drive innovation at scale: Empowering the team to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies and how to apply them into our area. Setting a high bar of engineering and operational excellence in terms of scalability, latency, reliability and overall efficiency



  • A strong and self-driven leader who has a very good understanding of technical landscapes and has been supporting a team of engineers in the past. Ideally,  10+ years of engineering experience, including 2+ years  in people management and technical leadership.

  • Hands-on experience with software development, especially API design, microservices architectures and building web experiences using modern libraries and frameworks.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English with an ability to articulate complex technical topics and solutions in a concise and simple way across multiple technical & non-technical stakeholder groups internally.

  • Experience promoting inclusive culture practices and processes that are models for others.

  • Passion for coaching and growing software engineers at all levels.

  • Experience in managing multiple stakeholders and ability to drive/oversee the delivery of multiple workstreams

  • Experience leading teams to solve large-scale real-world problems creating customer impact. Strong drive and entrepreneurial spirit to partner with product, science/engineering managers and principals to connect and solve business problems.

  • Experience in developing long-term engineering roadmaps and strong project management skills

If you think you have what it takes, we encourage you to apply even if you don't meet every single requirement. You may just be the right candidate for this or other roles!


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

  • Drive your development through our training platform and biannual peer-to-peer review

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. 

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

Our Software Engineering teams deploy software extensively, managing a broad set of applications and conducting thousands of deployments per week. The Software Engineering team enables Zalando as Europe’s number one multi-brand, digital platform for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle for our partners and customers. As a Zalando Software Engineer, you’ll be part of a community of thousands of colleagues across Europe.

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Zalando SE Berlin headquarter BHQ-X

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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