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Lead Engineer at zLabels (Python/Java) at Zalando SE (Berlin, Germany)


At zLabels we create inspiring fashion brands for the online generation, such as mint&berry, Even&Odd, Zign and Kiomi. Our data-driven way of doing business means that our decisions are backed up by consumer behaviors and translate directly into relevant product selections. Developed for the digital market from day one, we’re confident to navigate the changing retail landscape and take pride in being always fast, always fresh.

To extend the reach of our fashion brands and enter new markets, we are building our own technical platform, consisting of products such as the systems to manage stock, publish and sell our products through different marketplaces  and completing business transactions independent from the Zalando tech platform. Being a member of a tech department, consisting of about 30 engineers and product managers, this position will allow you to directly impact the business mission of zLabels. As Lead Engineer at zLabels you will be a key player delivering solutions to make the future of fashion a reality. You will show full ownership of the technical solutions delivered by the team and the results achieved for our customers and the company. You will carry a lot of responsibility setting the course for projects highly critical to the business and have the opportunity to empower your team to grow stronger every day.


Leadership. You will unleash your potential leading a team of up to 5 engineers to build, scale and continuously improve our platform, delivering value to different areas of the business such as Business Steering, Merchandising, Sales, Logistics, Finance or Procurement. You will empower the team to deliver and grow stronger as a group and individuals, while also actively contributing to the technical solutions.

Autonomy. Due to the size and startup-like set up, together with your team , you will be able to make foundational decisions about technical frameworks being used and have the opportunity to implement proven methodologies and discover emergent ones.

Ownership. You will be responsible for providing a strong technical architecture of distributed systems that will be delivered to key business units. You will take ownership and drive the whole development lifecycle,  from architecture design to implementation, testing, monitoring, maintenance and optimization.

Entrepreneurship. Due to your business mindset, you will be constantly thinking about new ways to help zLabels scale through a strong technical platform that serves the needs of a growing business. Your solutions will integrate harmonically with distributed systems in the Zalando Tech Platform.


Experience. You have successfully designed, developed and operated distributed systems. You have failed and learned. You are a role model to team members and help them grow.

Technologies. Your preferred choice of coding is in Java and/or Python. You also have a thorough understanding of APIs, REST, SOAP and have previously worked with distributed systems for both internal or external customers. Previous experience with AWS and Javascript is a plus. Check our Tech Radar for more information on the technologies we use.

Role Model. You are an inspiring leader who can make things happen and mentor your team through their personal development.

Excellence. You enjoy exchanging knowledge on best practices, code quality and tech frameworks with teams inside both zLabels and Zalando.


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, family service and parent & child rooms, additional holidays & volunteering time off, diverse sports and health offerings, ping-pong, darts, video games and specialty coffee brewed to perfection.

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


If you need guidance or have any questions about our hiring process, please contact our recruiter Antonia Samanns.

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