Global Architect

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin


  • Full-Time
  • Professional Level


  • Zalando SE

The Opportunity

Zalando is Europe's fastest growing online retailer and it is transforming from a leading  e-commerce company into a multi service platform for diverse fashion business partners, like consumers, brands, merchants, stylists, logistic providers. We’re building the new open platform that connects all people and businesses of the fashion commerce ecosystem.

The architect team at Zalando Digital Foundation supports our business unit customers with solution architecture competence in mission critical projects around the new fashion platform and contribute to Digital Foundation infrastructure architecture, e.g. for efficient and secure utilization of our big data and service API assets or developer productivity infrastructure. We also establish practices and processes for great architecture work of our engineering group, for instance, the Zalando Tech Radar or the RESTful API and Event Guidelines.  

One challenge, increasingly important with our growing scale, is to establish architecture governance practices inside the group, that provide most value for our fast evolving, decentralized engineering organization and basically follows the voluntary adoption principle. This will be the focus area for Global Architects, being members of the architecture team. Here, one topic is to create enterprise architecture description, to establish a framework and practices for great architecture documentation and maintaining its consistency with fast evolving engineering business. Other topics are around definition of architecture principles and practices, data documentation and governance, engineering standards.

What we are looking for

  • Strong track record as solution or enterprise architect in larger scale companies, preferable in the internet domain like e-commerce, software or infrastructure as a service (SaaS, PaaS), or similar.
  • Experience in global and enterprise architecture and in aligning how architecture work is best organized, not as a governance, but as a value-oriented service discipline.
  • Experience in documentation and communication of larger scale architectures on enterprise, rich service platform or software product portfolio level.
  • Knowledge in architecture methods, patterns, frameworks and tools, e.g. ATAM, TOGAF, architecture inventory systems
  • Some years’ experience in software engineering and delivery of complex systems including challenging non-functional requirements, like high scalability and business continuity
  • Solid knowledge in web application and microservice architectures, (big) data processing architectures and cloud based computing environments.
  • Peerless analytical and critical thinking skills with broad overview and ability to deep dive into the hard challenges and to balance technical and non-technical trade-offs for value and efficiency
  • A solid communicator who is skilled in architecture presentation and getting the engineering org excited to transform a vision into reality. English language fluency.

Your Responsibilities

  • Provide global architecture description and documentation framework for the group. Establish and evangelize practices and standards for efficient architecture work at scale  
  • Align multiple engineering teams, business and management stakeholders on architecture practices and standards and support engineering group as consultant, coach and strong peer review partner
  • Contribute to exploration, evaluation and adoption of architecture methods and architecture principles that are best suited for our business
  • Deep dive into architecture and software development process relevant hard technical and non-technical challenges
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills; foster architecture practice adoption and experience sharing via presentations, documentation, coaching, reviews, articles and tech talks

You Benefit From

Culture. Culture of trust and empowerment, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, +70 internal technical and fun guilds, tech talks, product demos, Coderdojos, parties & events.

Perks. Competitive salary, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, public transport discounts, relocation assistance for internationals, free drinks & fruits, hardware of your choice.

Development. Tour of Mastery, extensive onboarding, personal branding support, opportunity to attend and speak at conferences.

Work Environment. Self-organized, autonomous teams and flexible working hours.

Want to join us? Then go ahead and apply!

If you need guidance or have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact Sameer Shaikh -

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