Head of Engineering - Tech Hub Lisbon

Zalando SE



Department: Digital Experience Hub - Lisbon

Reports to: Managing Director - Zalando Digital Portugal                                        

Team Size: 15+ 

Recruiter Name, E-mail: Antonia Samanns, antonia.constanze.samanns@zalando.pt


As a Head of Engineering in Lisbon you will have full end-to-end responsibility of all business partner products for Zalando’s Digital Experience platform that cater to the needs of internal and external customers such as Brands, Fashion Influencers and Content Providers. Furthermore you will have the ownership of substantially growing our Tech Hub. The opportunity to have personal impact in shaping our teams and products in Lisbon is limitless.



  • Drive the delivery of a high-performance, scalable and resilient distributed system landscape that handles Zalando’s business partner products while continuously enabling a high pace of change and innovations by enabling engineering teams with clearly set OKRs
  • Facilitate strong collaboration, communication and decision-making between different engineering teams and stakeholders, particularly with regular business trips to our HQ in Berlin. Partner up with other product and engineering teams of our fashion platform to directly influence the overall tech strategy and roadmap
  • Create and maintain strategic and tactical operations, resource plans and goals for your team based on Zalando’s overarching strategy and functional objectives as well as creating a vision for teams to follow
  • Attract, develop and retain top engineering talents, together with the teams engineering leads, whilst cultivating a culture of ownership, autonomy, purpose and accountability  



  • Passion for coaching, team-building and inspiring teams, with a track record of 5-7 years of people management experience in an agile fast-paced development environment. Previous experience in working with distributed teams is a plus
  • Experience in growing teams and in designing and operating large-scale applications in a cloud environment. Excellent understanding on how a overall company/product strategy impacts the deliverables of tech teams
  • Curiosity about the newest tech developments in regards to object-oriented and functional programming languages like Java, Kotlin and Javascript, and an active sparring partner when it comes to designing system architecture



  • 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 package (base and equity), relocation assistance for internationals,  employee share shop, lunch allowance, private health insurance, great IT equipment, flexible working times, volunteering time off, free beverages and fruits, gym discount
  • Extensive onboarding, mentoring, personal development opportunities and self-organized, autonomous teams of international tech professionals


We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.



Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle, connecting customers, brands and partners across 17 markets. We drive digital solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 23 million active customers through diverse skill-sets, interests and languages our teams choose to use.

At our Zalando Digital Experience (DX) Hub in Lisbon, we are are building unique and engaging customer experiences. Focusing on integrating the most inspirational external content for our visitors, the DX hub will enable new and unique fashion experiences delivered by third parties. By developing and prototyping new projects within the Digital Experience department, our Lisbon team will shape the future of Zalando and set high standards of software craftsmanship, ownership and excellence.


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

Job Info





Job Category

Technology & UX/UI Design

Experience Level

Management Level



Antonia Constanze Samanns


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