Engineering Lead - Backend and Tooling

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin


  • Full-Time
  • Professional Level
  • Management Level


  • Zalando SE



Zalando Lounge is an online shopping club for fashion and lifestyle products in 11 European countries. We offer our members daily, time-limited sale campaigns with discounts of up to 75% off the recommended retail price. However,  Zalando Lounge is so much more than discounts. Our strength lies in our focus on fashion: from sought-after labels to niche brands, from famous international names to trendy luxury brands, we make sure to meet the fashion taste of all our customers, who are always on the hunt for the best products at the best prices. Working with our brand partners, we're pioneering innovative supply-chain and production processes and offer them an impactful and smart solution, creating a new way to shop for fashion - and a new way to sell.

Our Tech department builds and drives our own customer facing applications and internal systems on top of Zalando’s platform services. We have a strong focus on customer experience and learn and experiment how we can engage them even more.

As an Engineering Lead for our backend and tooling team at Zalando Lounge in Berlin you will be in charge of designing and developing next generation tooling for our internal processes to support the rapid expansion of Zalando Lounge in the next years.



Delivery: You easily find your way and lead your teams through completing the transition from our legacy system to a modern tech stack, creating new product features and ensuring high reliability and scalability of our distributed systems.

Vision: You develop and execute mid- and long-term technical visions and architecture with your teams, while closely aligning with Product Managers, business stakeholders and other Engineering Leads to be in line with the overall tech strategy.

Collaboration: You facilitate collaboration between different engineering teams and align with the Zalando Tech Platform on internal systems and tech stacks.

Impact: Ensure the overall company expansion by creating a scalable architecture and bringing operational execution to the next level by creating smart and intelligent tooling.

Growth: You attract and retain diverse talents and act as key contributor in developing overall technical skills by working one-on-one with Backend Engineers of Zalando Lounge. Furthermore, you promote forward-thinking engineering practices, high code-quality standards and a strong feedback culture across your teams.



Experience: 5+ years experience working hands-on with backend technologies (Java, Scala and/or Go). You are especially experienced in creating distributed systems / service architecture (REST, SOA). Previous experience in working with workflow applications and AWS is a plus. For more information check out our Tech Radar.

Leadership: Leading, developing and mentoring an international team of software engineers, having 3+ years of experience as a team lead working on applications for business processes.

Passionate: You are passionate about topics around distributed systems, tooling and being able on having a high impact on shaping internal systems as a whole for a rapidly expanding business.



Culture. A workplace where trust, empowerment and feedback are valued; 100+ internal guilds; tech talks; product demos; coder dojos.

Perks. Competitive salary; 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; additional holidays & volunteering time off; diverse sports and health offerings.

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 hiring process, please contact our recruiter Antonia Samanns.

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