Head of Engineering - Emerging Propositions

Full time
Job Category
Software Engineering - Leadership

As part of the Emerging Propositions Customer Experience Department you will be involved in exciting projects that are primarily focused on our customers' experience in the Beauty, Designer and Recommerce propositions. 

As the Head of Engineering, you will be a leader of leads managing multiple engineering teams. You will be expected to be a technical expert, compassionate leader,  customer savvy partner, and delivery oriented driver. Keep reading below if this sounds like you. This position is based in Zalando's Helsinki office. 


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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  • Lead, manage, inspire and grow multiple teams. As a leader of leads and principal engineers, it will be your responsibility to coach your directs to become the best they can be. You will provide direction, guidance and amazing working conditions for cross-functional delivery that involve multiple engineering teams, serving a broad range of use cases. You will be accountable for the delivery of the long-term architectural roadmap and the reliable operation of the department's production software systems.

  • Engage with stakeholders and other leaders across the company and sites to deliver an outstanding product to satisfy the needs of our internal and external customers and stakeholders. 

  • Ensure that development of the systems is simplified and scales to the future needs and volumes of our Emerging Propositions. Follow the latest developments in technology and engineering, leverage existing asset APIs and software services to create scalable and cost efficient systems that can handle the rapid change and constant innovation of the Zalando group.

  • Help us shape the engineering culture across Zalando by developing, inspiring and hiring engineering talent and facilitating engineering processes that create remarkable impact for our customers and partners at scale.


  • You are an empathetic and egoless but passionate leader who excels at developing, coaching, and mentoring engineering leaders and engineers.

  • You have 7+ years of professional experience as a people lead in an international, cross-functional environment, as well as a proven track record building and scaling engineering teams within a mid or large scale organisation (over 30+ engineers) while co-operating effectively over geographical sites.

  • You have a good understanding of technical landscapes, a solid technical background as well as multiple years of hands-on coding in technologies such as Scala, Kotlin, Java, JavaScript, Python.

  • You have an extraordinary knowledge of many integral end to end e-commerce systems. 

  • You possess an understanding of software delivery KPIs (release velocity, lead time, etc.) and how to influence them to create a high performing technology organisation with high predictability.

  • You have the ability to share and nurture technical ideas and direction across the organisation and a proven ability to influence decision making at all levels and in a variety of contexts.

  • You have deep experience working with different functions, experts, and levels of leadership.


  • Culture of trust, empowerment and constructive feedback, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, 70+ internal technical and fun guilds, knowledge sharing through tech talks, internal tech academy and blogs, product demos, parties & events

  • Competitive salary, employee share shop, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, centrally located offices, public transport discounts, municipality services, flexible working times, additional holidays and volunteering time off, free beverages and fruits, diverse sports and health offerings

  • Extensive onboarding, mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts

  • Relocation assistance for internationals

Learn all about Zalando and our values here: https://jobs.zalando.com/en/?gh_src=22377bdd1us.


Kenneth Chege


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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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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