Head of Engineering

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Dublin


  • Full-Time
  • Management Level


  • Zalando SE

Zalando is recruiting a Head of Engineering responsible for the delivery of a related set of backend products on our Customer Data Platform. Engineering Heads drive the delivery of a set of teams comprising of engineers and producers. Heads are responsible for making sure teams are working efficiently and autonomously to push forward Zalando’s products. They are responsible for maintaining a healthy performance culture, that teams are working well together, building the right things, right. Please look over our Tech Radar to gain an insight into our tooling.

Engineering Heads should have a background in software engineering, software architecture, and be familiar with agile methodologies. Engineering Heads should be experts in getting teams to deliver great software, and need to have a wide dynamic range, understanding both the business and how to think entrepreneurially, and how big systems are developed and scale. Engineering Heads also need to understand how to plan the work of multiple teams to ensure business needs are being met, and that commitments are reasonable and achievable.

Engineering Heads manage a group of Delivery Leads, who are responsible for several teams each. Engineering Heads work closely with Product Owners to make sure that product vision is translated into clear OKRs, and work closely with Practice Heads, to make sure that engineers are consistently getting better, and that as an organization we are developing the right skills and technologies to keep Zalando at the forefront of technology companies in the world.

Your Challenges

The mission of an Engineering Head is to deliver a large set of related products in a competitive business environment that values autonomous teams and the continuous pursuit of mastery within the engineering org.

Collaborate and work well with one or more Product Owners to ensure that product vision is clearly understood by teams, that teams are passionate about what they are delivering, and that delivery commitments are made and kept.

Drive a healthy culture within teams, identifying team shortcomings and applying the principles of Radical Agility to make sure that teams can become increasingly autonomous, that engineers and producers are continuously getting better, and that the purpose of everything we do is well known and understood by all the teams.

Budget plan for headcount and infrastructure requirements year-by-year based on product need

Understand, contribute to, and review system architectures for a wide range of highly-available distributed systems.

Develop and coach Delivery Leads to improve their skills developing team excellence, autonomy, and driving execution.

Partner with Employer Branding and Tech Recruiting to attract world class engineering talent.

Act as an Engineering ambassador within external developer communities.

Play a senior leadership role in our engineering guilds.

Your Profile

You hold a degree in Computer Science or have equivalent experience as a software engineer.

You have 5-10 years of experience leading multiple software delivery teams or departments.

You still love software engineering and stay on top of best practices, trends and understand how to teach and inspire others.

You value the importance of engineering best practices balanced against the demands of meeting business objectives.

What You Can Expect:

Our recipe for success: think big and act fast. Your work today will affect millions of customers tomorrow. At Zalando, you’ll have the chance to help develop the world’s best online fashion experience in a rapidly growing, international company!

Zalando offers you a fast moving and agile working environment where you will be continuously challenged with new opportunities.

A highly motivated international team of colleagues that inspires and supports you.

Training and further development opportunities to expand your skills and help you achieve your aspirations.

A corporate culture where your skills are assessed by your contributions – our motto: wear sneakers, not ties!

Attractive employee discounts for our online shop.


For any queries around this role, please contact owen.murray@zalando.ie 

About Us

Thanks to our eCommerce expertise and can-do spirit we’ve become one of Europe’s most favorable online shopping destinations in only a few short years. Today, Zalando operates in 15 countries. The core of our business is to be cutting edge in each and every of our fundamental pillars: fashion, information technology and logistics. Zalando SE, which is based in Berlin, operates the international business and takes care of our business development, comprising of management, marketing, IT and administration.







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