Head of Design - Fundamentals

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin


  • Full-Time
  • Management Level


  • Zalando SE


As one of our Design Leads at Zalando, you will grow and work together with a group of senior product designers on defining and contributing to the evolution of an overarching design language, interaction patterns and interface framework across Zalando's product landscape.

You shape our strategy to evolve UX to Product Design in order to reflect the holistic role and value of design. You inspire and guide designers to create the world’s best consumer experience in digital fashion e-commerce. In the pursuit of delivering the best product possible, you will be supported by our Vice President of Product Design and her leadership team.

You will impact a wide variety of products -- from startup ventures to B2B solutions -- in addition to Europe’s largest fashion portal. You are rooted in the product design organization to drive coherent design solutions with teams across the company.


As a Head of Design, you’ll translate our design needs into a scalable and modular design system that empowers our designers to ensure a coherent design language and elegant design solutions for Zalando's products.

Design Leadership. You evangelize our holistic design approach to the whole organization, taking fragmented, cluttered experiences and scaling them to a level of excellence marrying product vision and design mastery.

Inspiring expert. You contribute to strategy, process & culture in most impactful ways, in addition to excellence in delivery and execution. You identify opportunities to design outstanding and elegant solutions for tricky problems.   

Guiding Light. You advocate design critique and build strong relationships with leaders inside and outside the product design organization.

Role Model. As an experienced leader, you are great at inspiring and encouraging design culture and teams in an agile or lean environment.


To land this job you will show and explain raw artifacts from various stages of the design process. Ideally, you have experience with the following approaches:

Communication. Being an eloquent conversationalist and ambassador inspires colleagues to follow, implement and execute your clear vision of forward-thinking design.  

Technical expertise. Developing a framework for tangible design solutions. Experienced executer for interfaces with microservices and modular components. Your heart as designer belongs to technology and you geek out on animations.

Collaboration. As a strong design leader enabling and encouraging design critique, you ask great questions and give valuable guidance on user experience elements.

Execution. You design library of components from which teams can pull, don’t reinvent design solutions for common cases.  


Peers. We have highly diverse and International, accomplished User Researchers, UI Designers and UX  Designers that act as a Product Design Team to drive our products to the next level.

Culture. A workplace where trust, empowerment, and feedback are valued; positive, inspiring working atmosphere. In our UX show & tell every second week, we foster knowledge sharing in our Product Design community.

Development. We believe in a purpose-driven approach to motivating and developing people. In our Tour of Mastery, we help you to grow to engage with great design communities all around the world. We offer mentoring, personal branding support and diverse career opportunities.

Perks. Competitive salary; great shopping discount on a wide range of products on zalando.com; discounts from external partners; office in the heart of Berlin; public transport discounts; relocation assistance for internationals; municipality services; flexible working times; family service and parent & child rooms; and volunteering time off; diverse sports and health offerings.

Does this sound like fun?

Start the conversation. Tell us what the next step in your career could be. Multi-talented? Please apply for the one single job that best represents your deepest core competency and mention your other skills in your application. If you need guidance or have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact recruiter Matthias Schmeißer.

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