Practice Lead (also Engineering Lead - People Management)

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin
  • Dortmund


  • Full-Time
  • Management Level


  • 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 an Engineering Lead - People Management, also called Practice Lead, you will partner with Delivery Leads to coach and empower individuals working in autonomous teams along the path of innovation and delivery of high quality, state of the art software.  

Working one-on-one with software engineers, you develop relationships built on trust and act as a coach for each of your directs and align their individual motivation, growth and goals with those of Zalando Tech.  Your mission is to set the bar for the engineers at Zalando and work directly with them on their journey to Mastery.


You Are Setting Standards

Collaboration. In collaboration with Delivery Leads and Software Architects, you ensure that Zalando’s engineering standards and performance expectations are met by your directs.

Guidance. You conduct regular performance assessments and coach and mentor individuals to raise their performance bar.  

Inspiration. You encourage individuals to grow their skills and capabilities through discovering and following their passion and purpose.

Impact. You act as a key contributor in developing Zalando Tech’s overall technical capabilities by working one-on-one with your engineers. Furthermore, you develop and evangelize forward-thinking engineering practices and strong feedback culture across all of Zalando Tech.  

Growth. You work with the recruiting team to attract, onboard, and retain diverse top talent while cultivating a culture of ownership, autonomy, mastery, innovation, and purpose.


You Are Skilled

Experience. With 10+ years of solid engineering experience (3-5 years in leadership positions), preferably in an agile development environment.

Leadership. You are passionate about developing and growing people and enjoy leading, coaching and mentoring software engineers, engineering teams and collaborating with other leaders.  

Communication. In communicating with empathy, influence and inspiration as well as in dealing with and resolving conflicts in a graceful manner.

Technologies. With an affinity for  state-of-the-art technologies (incl. Java / Scala / Clojure / Go or JavaScript / HTML5 / CSS / AngularJS / ReactJS / NodeJS).

Education. With a degree in Computer Science (in lieu of degree, 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, 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.* (*Partly, depending on location.)

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 recruitment processes, please contact recruiter Magdalena Masluk-Meller.


Looking for a role with a more technical focus, please review our job ads for

Engineering Manager Berlin,

Engineering Lead Dublin,

Delivery Lead Dortmund,

Delivery Lead Helsinki.


Too senior for this role, please review our Head of Engineering job ad.

Too junior for this role, please review our Senior Software Engineers job ads.

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

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