Lead Engineer

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Hamburg


  • Full-Time
  • Management Level


  • Zalando Media Solutions GmbH

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 Lead 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.

At Zalando Media Solutions we create meaningful connections between brands and consumers through a deep understanding of their personalities. We are working with brands, agencies and publishers from the fashion world and beyond to produce innovative, impactful campaigns that reach the right audience at the right moment. Thanks to its holistic mix of cutting-edge and privacy compliant technology, in-depth audience insights, expansive reach and compelling content, brands produce successful campaigns across multiple digital marketing channels.

You Are Skilled

  • You have experience in large scale data processing systems and/or high-load transactional systems, preferably based on open-source software
  • Solid software development skills in Java. Python/Scala and Unix shell scripting skills will be a big plus
  • Strong expertise in Data Structure/Algorithm. Passion for developing and maintaining reliable and scalable software
  • Experience in low-level programming like network programming, concurrent (multi-threading) programming is a plus
  • Experience/Expertise in distributed (real-time) processing frameworks (Spark, Hadoop, Presto, Storm, Flink, Heron etc.), infrastructure frameworks (Docker, Mesos, Kubernetes,  AWS) is a plus
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse teams
  • English language fluency

Your Role

  • Design, develop and operate high-load transactional systems and data processing systems in the area of advertisement optimization (real-time advertising optimization, training of machine-learning based optimization algorithms)
  • Maintain, optimize and extend our software infrastructure and toolings to improve our engineering productivity, software quality and operational excellence (high-availability, fault tolerance etc.)
  • Understand and communicate effectively with internal business customers, partners, and stakeholders

You Are Offered

Community. Tech culture of trust and empowerment, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, +100 internal technical and fun guilds, tech talks, product demos, Coderdojos, Hack weeks, parties and events.

Perks. Competitive salary, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, public transport discounts, relocation assistance for internationals, free drinks and fruits, hardware of your choice.

Development. Tour of Mastery, extensive onboarding, personal branding support, opportunity to attend and speak at data science conferences and Meetups, and encouragement to publish your work.

Work Environment. Self-organized, autonomous teams and flexible working hours. Scale. Unparalleled levels of data and opportunities.


Please make sure your application is written in English. If you have any questions about our recruiting and hiring processes, or If you are not sure whether your qualifications and work experience is suffice, please contact your recruiter: Steffen Volk

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