Full Stack Engineering Lead - Retail Core (Java, Scala, JS)

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin


  • Full-Time
  • Management Level


  • Zalando SE

The Opportunity

Zalando is the leading online Fashion platform and one of the biggest Tech companies in Europe. We re-imagine Fashion for the good of all and see technology as the key driver to get there. The 1,600+ members of Zalando Technology across our offices in Germany, Ireland and Finland build most of our 40+ platform products in-house and open source, and Retail Core is at the heart of all of this. In Retail Core, we are building the most advanced and automated procure-to-pay IT solution in the Fashion industry. Our systems automate the key process steps in fashion buying, fully integrate with our suppliers through EDI and REST APIs, and provide easy-to-use UIs and workflows to our 800+ internal users and 1500+ suppliers, incl. a fully-fledged supplier portal.

As an Engineering Lead Retail Core, you will lead up to 2 of our agile Engineering Teams, each with between 4 and 7 software engineers. You will be providing technical direction, coaching and ongoing leadership for your teams to drive the core of our business: Fashion buying and merchandising. This means that you will be as close to our core business as possible, work on key business problems and have a lot of interaction with the internal and external users of our systems.


You Are Setting Standards

Impact. You drive team mastery in world-class development techniques to deliver a high-performance, stable and auto-scaling production system.

Vision. You develop and execute the mid- & long-term technical vision and architecture with your team while fostering close collaboration with other Engineering Managers to be in line with our overall tech strategy.

Collaboration. You define OKRs with your team to achieve a high-level alignment on a half-year basis and facilitate collaboration, communication, and decision-making between different engineering teams and stakeholders. You act as a sparring partner to Product Owners / Managers when creating the product vision, and you co-own the product roadmap.

Development. You develop your team members, help them solve technical challenges and enable them to discover their full potential. You develop tomorrow’s bar raisers.

Growth. You attract, assemble and retain the right engineering talent while cultivating a culture of ownership, mastery, innovation, and purpose. You proudly represent Zalando at conferences and meetups and give technical talks.


You Are Skilled

Experience. In designing and operating large-scale applications on a PaaS/SaaS cloud, preferably AWS, and you bring 5-10 years of direct coding experience to the table.

Technologies. You master object-oriented programming languages like Java and Scala (for backend components) and can also help your teams develop front-end components using today’s most popular frameworks. On top, you can work with SQL databases and REST APIs in a highly distributed, scalable and resilient microservice landscape.

Leadership. You excel at developing and mentoring software engineers and have 4+ years of experience in team leadership and agile development methodologies. You can also work cross-functionally and manage complex projects with various stakeholders throughout the company.

Passion. You stay on top of latest developments in software design, architecture and web services and you are passionate about well-structured, readable and testable code. Knowledge of event-based systems and event queues in general will be considered a big plus.

Drive. You want to have impact by effectively managing conflicts and priorities, in thinking creatively and solution-oriented. You enjoy driving continuous improvement and innovation.


You Are Offered

Culture. Culture of trust, empowerment and feedback; 100+ internal guilds; tech talks; product demos; coder dojos.

Package. Very competitive salary (base and equity) and many perks, such as great shopping discount on a wide range of products on zalando.com; discounts from external partners; public transport discounts; relocation assistance for internationals; municipality services*; family service and parent & child rooms*; additional holidays & volunteering time off; diverse sports and health offerings.

Development. Extensive onboarding; personal branding support focused on leadership; opportunity to attend and speak at conferences.

Peers. International, accomplished experts and great self-organized teams.


Want to join us? Then go ahead and apply!!

If you need guidance or have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact Rebecca Kurzbuch.

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