Senior Software Engineer, Search & Browse

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin


  • Full-Time
  • Professional Level


  • Zalando SE


As a software engineer in the area of “Search & Browse” you will focus on developing Zalando’s in-house search engine service providing highly relevant personalized search results helping millions of people find their favorite fashion items. You will be working with state-of-the-art technology to build a SAAS component which can be fully leveraged within our Zalando platform.
Your main challenges will include working with large amounts of data, deliver high-quality search results and also provide a high-performance, stable and auto-scaling production system. You will be part of a small, autonomous, and highly ambitious team consisting of experienced Scala developers and expert data scientists pushing “Fashion Search” one step further every day.


  • You have 3+ years of experience, working as a Scala Developer (or any other functional programming language). A technical degree is a plus.
  • You are experienced with lucene-based technologies like Solr/ElasticSearch
  • You are keen on collaborating closely with data scientists & data analysts
  • A keen interest in applied machine learning, natural language processing and data mining is essential, work experience in these topics a plus
  • You write well-structured and tested code in the spirit of Effective Java and Clean Code that easily scales to Enterprise level
  • You love to optimize processes & code and to use new technologies
  • You are experienced in building, evaluating, maintaining and improving large scale data-driven products
  • You have worked with current big data technology (e.g. Hadoop/MapReduce, Amazon EMR)
  • Knowing near-realtime stream processing and/or message-driven architectures (e.g. Spark, Storm, Aerospike, Kafka) is a plus
  • Experience with Cloud Computing platforms like Amazon AWS is a plus


  • You will be part of an agile and very experienced team that will further develop our search pipeline in short release cycles
  • You will implement highly scalable solutions with state-of-the-art-technologies together with your team
  • You are ready to tweak and optimize our search for various markets all across Europe with more than a dozen different languages
  • You will transfer algorithmic prototypes to enterprise level, highly scalable and fault-tolerant solutions using the right technology for the job
  • You are collaborating with our data scientists to improve and extend our search engine and other analytical customer experience solutions
  • You will be part of a multi-cultural team with different native languages, skills and backgrounds
  • Design, develop, deploy, operate & improve software solutions that impact millions of Zalando customers


Our recipe to success: Think big and act fast. Your contribution today will influence millions of customers tomorrow. At Zalando you have the opportunity to work for a fast growing international company that wants to offer the world’s best fashion experience. Obviously we offer you much more:

  • An exceptional opportunity to develop your skill set while learning from a team of top experts who will inspire and support you
  • Use of cutting-edge open source technologies and cloud services
  • Learning and growth opportunities: weekly tech talks, company-hosted tech meetups, rich team library (which you can expand with your book requests), possibility of visiting conferences
  • Complimentary fruit, beverages, table soccer, ping pong and band room
  • Employee discount for all Zalando shop products
  • Powerful hardware system environment
  • Through our mentoring program you will get up to speed and become productive very quickly
  • You will never be bored! Zalando offers a very exciting and fun working environment 


Zalando is Europe’s leading online fashion platform, doing business in 15 markets. Delivering first-class shopping experiences to our +15 million customers requires moving fast — with microservices, Agile processes and autonomous teams  —  and using cutting-edge, open source technologies. We are passionate about what we do and have fun while doing it. And we are willing to experiment and make mistakes: It’s how we grow. 


If you need guidance or have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact recruiter Alicja Notowska at

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