Head of Backend Engineering

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin



  • Zalando SE

Zalando is transforming from an e-commerce company into a multi-service platform that provides fashion as a service. We make it our mission to imagine and predict the infinite points of interaction between fashion and people - and develop the technology to make them possible. 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 - from Smart Logistics to Brand Solutions to Payments and Warehouse Management.

As a Head of Engineering, you will lead a number of self-organizing delivery teams. You will be providing technical direction and ongoing leadership for a department dedicated to drive one of our core products.

You Are Setting Standards

Delivery. You drive the delivery of a high-performance, resilient and scalable distributed system landscape handling large amounts of data while continuously enabling a high pace of change and innovation by working upstream with development teams.

Vision. You create and maintain strategic and tactical operations, resource plans, goals, and priorities for your function based on business and technology roadmaps and functional objectives while ensuring the team understands product strategy and technology roadmaps.

Collaboration. You facilitate collaboration, communication and decision-making between different engineering teams and stakeholders. You partner with Product Owners/Specialists, Engineering and Architecture teams to influence product strategy and to contribute to the product development roadmap.

Impact. You drive proof of concepts, pilots and technology evaluations to accelerate the onboarding of new technologies and solutions. You drive continuous improvement and lead a group of Engineering Managers overseeing a number of several autonomous delivery teams.

Growth. You attract, assemble and retain the right engineering talent while cultivating a culture of ownership, autonomy, mastery, innovation and purpose.

You Are Skilled

Technologies. With the newest developments of object-oriented and functional programming languages like Java / Scala / Clojure / Go (with relevant frameworks).

Leadership. In coaching, team-building, and conflict resolution and bringing typically 5-7 years of people management experience in an agile development environment.

Experience. In designing, coding and operating large-scale applications on a PaaS/SaaS cloud (preferably AWS) and in solving data integration challenges in e-commerce environments. You possess a sharp analytical mind and proven ability to understand and analyse complex structures and problems.

Execution. In delivering great products on-time and within budget with an attention to detail, ability to look at solutions in creative and unconventional ways, recognize opportunities to innovate, and engage stakeholders in vision and strategy.

Education. In holding BS / MS in Computer Science or related discipline (in lieu of degree, typically a total of 15 years of relevant work experience).

You Are Offered

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

Perks. Competitive package (base and equity); 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*; flexible working times; 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 self-organized, autonomous teams.

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

If you need guidance or have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact Andreea Lungulescu or Magdalena Masluk-Meller.


Too junior for this role, please review our job ads for

Engineering Manager Berlin,

Engineering Lead Dublin,

Delivery Lead Dortmund and

Backend Lead - People Management.

If you are interested in multiple vacancies, please submit only one application. Please indicate your preferences by adding a note to your CV or Cover Letter.

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