Engineering Lead

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Dortmund


  • Full-Time
  • Management 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 Engineering Lead, 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.

As Engineering Lead at Zalando, you will be responsible for leading teams to deliver on our mission to create Europe’s biggest and best online fashion platform. Zalando provides a vast amount of interesting technology areas ranging from mobile development to logistics, from data science to database engineering and many more.

You will have the possibility to work with motivated, autonomous Delivery Teams and the freedom to launch your own open source projects, contribute to others’, build internal community around your interests, speak at conferences and strengthen your personal brand while receiving meaningful support at every step.


  • Developing and executing the mid- & long-term technical vision and architecture with your teams
  • Help your teams to find the right solution for complex problems by supporting, not steering them
  • Drive team mastery of world-class development techniques
  • Keep a close connection to Product Owners / Product Specialists and be a sparring partner when creating the product vision
  • Define Objectives and Key Results with your team to achieve a high-level alignment on a quarter-year basis
  • Facilitate communication and decision-making between teams and stakeholders
  • Support People Leads in developing the individuals in your teams
  • Coach and develop team members in technical questions
  • Identify and share your knowledge of state-of-the-art technologies
  • Represent Zalando at conferences and meetups, give technical talks and help to recruit great technical talent


  • A degree in Computer Science or equivalent practical experience
  • Significant experience in web and mobile technology concepts, agile development methodologies and team leadership
  • Up to date on current trends in software design, architecture and web services
  • Skilled in object-oriented and functional programming languages like Java / Scala / Python / Ruby / Clojure (with relevant frameworks) as well as (No)SQL databases
  • Knowledge of event-based systems and event queues in general is a plus
  • Passion well structured, readable and testable code
  • Experienced engineer who knows about scalability, high-availability, security, monitoring, architecture & design of state-of-the-art websites and the systems that drive them
  • Profound knowledge of REST APIs and highly distributed, scalable and resilient  microservice landscapes
  • Experience with designing and operating large-scale applications on a PaaS/SaaS cloud, preferably AWS


  • Experience in building, developing and managing a team of engineers in an agile environment
  • You can lead projects and groups, including managing complex projects with various stakeholders through the whole company
  • You feel comfortable in coaching teams and finding the best possible solution
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with other teams, and to solve conflicts
  • You think creatively, solution oriented, and continuously innovate
  • For your area of responsibility you craft a technical vision that aligns well with the overall technology vision
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills and English language fluency


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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