Data Engineer (Incentives)

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Dortmund


  • Full-Time
  • Professional Level


  • Zalando SE


As Zalando transforms from Europe’s leading e-commerce company into a multi-service platform for fashion, this is an exciting time to join us. As Data Engineer, you’re part of a high performing team, building technologies that connect every part of the fashion industry.

We live Radical Agility, a methodology built on trust and backed by an architecture that lets us move fast while keeping complexity low. Open Source and InnerSource development is integral to our engineering practices and culture, supported at every level. When you can tackle new challenges and take ownership of your work, the opportunities to make a personal impact are limitless, and there’s always more to play for.

Incentive Services contribute to 20% of the net merchandise revenue generated at Zalando and is at the core of driving both marketing and pricing strategies. The Discount Services’ tools help to provide greater flexibility for Campaign Managers to create and manage discount campaigns that engage our Customers and Employees.

As a Data Engineer in Zalando’s Incentives team, you’ll bring the engineering perspective into our Data teams. You will be building the Machine Learning pipeline that will transform huge amounts of data into efficient models, bringing value to the end user. You either already have a good understanding of these domains or your strong mathematical background allows you to become familiar with these trendsetting disciplines easily. You will challenge our status quo, drive innovation and apply agile best practices.


Impact. You play a critical role in the team as a software engineer working on key results. Thinking abstractly and discovering correlations between problems, methodologies, and solutions is your daily business. You implement possible solutions, evaluate outcomes, and update directions according to business goals and constraints. You work closely with the Incentives product and commercial colleagues in a scrum agile process. Be ready for alignment visits to Berlin every once in a while.

Excellence. You design and develop backend services that support Incentives and Pricing decision strategies plus you write code that your peers praise for its elegance, readability, and maintainability.

Ownership. You follow a feature through its entire lifetime from problem formulation to solution delivery. You understand and communicate effectively with internal business customers, partners, and stakeholders.


Experience. You have at least three years of professional programming experience in Java or Python and you are familiar with microservices architecture, distributed systems, and RESTful APIs, particularly using cloud infrastructure such as AWS. You like to work hands-on in analyzing large data sets. Experience with relational and NoSQL databases as well as with building and/or running large-scale applications is a plus.

Technology. As a Python/Java Engineer, you have a particular expertise in either distributed computing based on different underlying data layers and/or in agile development practices. (TDD, BDD, pair programming).

Education. You have a degree in computer science or another similar quantitative field. Additionally, you are knowledgeable about current trends in software design, architecture and web services. Eagerness to keep learning and applying new knowledge is one of your traits.

Communication. You like to effectively communicate and understand business requirements quickly. You enjoy working in an international atmosphere with people from different cultures and you are fluent in English.


Culture. A culture of trust, empowerment and constructive feedback, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, +70 internal technical and fun guilds, tech talks, product demos, Coder Dojos, parties & events.

Perks. Competitive salary, subvention of your occupational pension plan, 40% Zalando shopping discount, public transport discounts, relocation assistance for internationals as well as help with kindergarten and schools, free drinks & fruits, hardware of your choice, family rooms

Development. Tour of Mastery, extensive onboarding, personal branding support, opportunity to attend and speak at conferences.

Work Environment. Self-organized, autonomous teams and flexible working hours.


Our team in Dortmund started as a specialist unit handling everything that relates to Payment. Here we develop our monitoring systems, collaborating with payment service providers to find innovative ways to create the most user-friendly checkout experience possible. We continuously add new areas of competency, with teams now focused on the tech challenges connected to mission-critical topics including consumer incentives, inventory management, transportation, fulfillment and stock valuation.


If you need guidance or have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact our onsite recruiter Herbert Bakels.

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