Manager of Intrapreneurship Program, Tech Innovation Lab

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design

Location

  • Berlin

Contract

  • Full-Time
  • Professional Level

Company

  • Zalando SE

Zalando’s mission is to become the world’s leading platform for connecting fashion with people. This goal requires a massive expansion of our business functions. We will serve a wider range of customers in different ways, build new technologies to support our platform architecture and continue to innovate as we expand.

The Technology Innovation Lab - also known as the “Shuttle” - was launched as a dedicated place to support this mission. Our team identifies and explores new opportunities for Zalando's fashion platform. We evaluate emerging technologies as future enablers, and provide a runway for bottom-up innovation.

We work on future topics and evaluate the potential of emerging technologies. In addition to that, Slingshot - our intrapreneurship program - provides a breeding-ground for ideas from our colleagues within the Tech department. A 450sqm digital fabrication “makerspace”, the Shuttle is accompanied by a small, international and multidisciplinary team of researchers and project coaches. We are out-of-the-box thinkers who work at the junction of fashion, retail and technology.

The Lab was used extensively for hardware projects during our last Hack Week, Zalando’s annual week of open innovation and experimentation. For impressions see the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl0dNw7CISY

What excites you?

We are looking for an Intrapreneurship Program Manager who wants to make your mark at one of Europe’s most successful tech companies. You enjoy driving our bottom-up innovation initiatives and connecting with different people from all over the world working in different roles and positions who have one goal in common: to tinker and build epic stuff.

 Your success is measured by the following key objectives:

  • Drive program to success: You create a sustainable and viable intrapreneurship program - including metrics, processes, templates, governance etc. - that fosters innovation within Zalando and helps to generate new technologies and businesses. 
  • Navigate the innovation rocket: You oversee and continuously improve the entire process from intake of fresh ideas through selection, mentoring and validation to successfully transitioning them back into the organization. 
  • Foster a community of intrapreneurs: You promote both the program and entrepreneurial thinking within the organization, and encourage Zalando’s hackers and intrapreneurs to develop revolutionary, game-changing ideas.

What it takes to succeed

  • Experience: You have a minimum of 3 years of proven success with technology innovation delivery in a similar field (startup, R&D lab, corporate incubator/accelerator).
  • Expertise: You are a well-structured and excellent communicator with the ability to drive larger programs forward in a pragmatic way. Experience in Design Thinking is a plus.
  • Motivation: You are genuinely passionate about promoting an entrepreneurial mindset. Working in an environment with a high amount of uncertainty does not put you off.
  • Attitude: You understand Zalando’s business strategy and share our culture and core values - you are humble, hungry and hunting.

 

Want to join us? Then go ahead and apply!

If you need guidance or have any questions about our recruiting and hiring processes, please contact recruiter Matthias Rempel

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