Design Manager for Search and Personalization

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin


  • Full-Time
  • Management Level


  • Zalando SE


As a design manager at Zalando, you will grow and lead a team of Product Designers within our wildly successful fashion e-commerce destination. Your collective mission will be to enable the customer to quickly locate the items they want and to customize the experience to their particular tastes, needs, situation and maybe even mood.

You will 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 reporting to and supported by our Vice President of Product Design and work with an inspiring group of peers within the Product Design leadership circle.


Product impact. As the Design Manager for Search and Personalization you will enable innovation for central pillars of our flagship product -- the Zalando online fashion platform serving ca. 20 million active customers. Your team will deliver the most innovative and intuitive finding mechanisms as well as a highly individualized experience for each individual customer.

People leadership. Every day, the designers you work with will grow stronger because of your guidance. You will staff your team with a powerful mix of professional skills targeted to deliver on the department’s goals.

Effective networking. You will team up and empower both designers and stakeholders to build customer-centered solutions. You build strong relationships with leaders inside and outside the product design organization.

Inspiring expertise. You contribute to strategy, process & culture in most impactful ways, in addition to facilitating highly effective execution of the design work. You foster a design critique culture that builds on ideas and insists on excellence.


To land this job you will show and explain raw artifacts illustrating your design leadership experience and tell stories that demonstrate both your product design know-how and your exemplary people skills.

User-centered. You know when to apply which methods and you have both the knowledge and the humility to inspire and lead experts in a variety of product design disciplines -- from information architecture to animation design.

Forward-thinking. You have worked on complex e-commerce platforms at a scale where traditional ways of browsing and searching have broken down and therefore pioneered new models of finding. Or you have pushed the boundaries of data-driven personalization in an industry where emotional engagement is crucial. Or both. ;-)

Convincing. You can effectively sell the great design concepts that your team generates to upper management; and you can translate management goals down to the contributor level in an actionable and inspiring manner.

Adaptive. Your communication skills and heartfelt empathy help you succeed in your daily work leading multi-talented multi-national design teams.


Inspiring peers. Product Design at Zalando is a highly diverse, International community of accomplished researchers and designers who drive our customer experiences to the next level. The leadership circle is a unique group of peers -- inspiring yet humble, playful yet results-oriented.

Empowering culture. We value trust and have a bias for action. We are kind to each other. For us respect means challenging each other and giving direct feedback. We share ideas freely. We make mistakes. We laugh a lot. Come help us foster a highly inspiring working atmosphere.

Professional development. We believe in a purpose-driven approach to motivating and growing people. Framed by the Tour of Mastery, we help you to grow through peer mentoring, personal branding support, networking both inside and outside the company, and rotation through diverse career opportunities within Zalando.

Perks. Competitive salary; great shopping discount on a wide range of products on; 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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