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Backend Developer (Scala) at Zalando SE (Berlin, Germany)


We are convinced that the best way for us to achieve growth and at the same time continue to drive forward digitalization in the e-commerce industry is with our platform-based business model and lot of open source enthusiasm. At Zalando Merchant Operations we are building applications and services that connect fashion merchants with Zalando customers.  We solve hard architectural and algorithmic problems. We set ambitious availability, throughput, latency and reliability goals.  We value the quality of our designs and the cleanliness of our code. We think hard and move fast. We build for Zalando scale.

Our Merchant Operations tech team can be categorized into the following topics: articles creation, orders profile, analytics, workflow engine, merchants portal.

Our team strongly believes in the flexibility of code and expect you to share our vision. Our backend systems are mostly written in Scala, however we are able to work with several languages and easily adapt our development approach to the problem, so should you. By using Scala with Akka Http, PostgreSQL all hosted on AWS or Kubernetes we were building high performance solutions.


As a backend software engineer within Merchant Operations department, you will be expected to be a strong problem solver, with a solid grasp of computer science fundamentals.

Purpose. You have the opportunity to shape the future in one of the hottest topics in e-commerce today: you are a key player for creating the next generation of order management and article creation systems, task management systems and shape high volume data coming through our systems.

Autonomy. Based on our microservices architecture, you and your team will own your code, and decide on the technologies and tools to deliver as well operate large-scale applications on cloud (AWS). Our team is also an early adopter of Kubernetes.

Impact. You will work with dedicated teams to create a highly scalable solution and to build products that will shape the next generation of marketplace processes. You and your team will work like a startup and take ownership for the whole development cycle - from architecture design to testing to implementation and maintenance.

Variety. Expect to collaborate with a variety of peers and be part of a cross-functional, autonomous team. You will get the opportunity to bridge the gap between business, operations and technology. You continually build knowledge and stay informed of current market trends and technologies.


You have experience as a Backend Software Engineer in a complex working environment. You have acquired in-depth understanding of agile methodologies, experience in working with cross-functional teams and you are up-to-date on industry standards. You are interested in current trends in software design, architecture and web services and passionate about well-structured, readable and testable code.

Technology. You have knowledge of JVM based technology stacks and in designing distributed systems, microservices, and cloud architectures as well as experience with cloud platforms, preferably AWS. We use a variety of languages and even if you don’t know Scala, we certainly expect you to enjoy learning it with us.

Effective networker. We believe in autonomous teams that can own and drive topics. You understand the needs of markets, customers and all stakeholders and as well as business and operational processes. You play a critical role in the team as a creative input and you collaborate with stakeholders during the development process.


Community. Tech culture of trust and empowerment, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, +100 internal technical and fun guilds, tech talks, product demos, Coderdojos, parties and events.

Perks. Competitive salary, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, public transport discounts, relocation assistance for internationals, free drinks and fruits.

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

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

Scale. Unparalleled levels of data and opportunities.


Zalando is transforming from an e-commerce company into a multi-service platform that provides fashion as a service. We make it our mission to imagine and predict the infinite points of interaction between fashion and people - and develop the technology to make them possible. The 1,700+ members of Zalando Technology across our offices in Germany, Ireland and Finland build most of our 40+ platform products in-house and open source - from Smart Logistics to Brand Solutions to Payments and Warehouse Management.

We live Radical Agility - a software development methodology that allows all members of Zalando Tech to get work done while management keeps their distance. Along with our guiding set of principles - Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose - we entrust you and your team to shape the future of Zalando.


If you need guidance or have any questions about our hiring processes, please contact recruiter Iulia Crai. (

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