Engineering Lead - Search & Personalization

Job Category

  • Technology & UX/UI Design


  • Berlin


  • Full-Time
  • Management Level


  • Zalando SE

The Opportunity

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 1,600+ 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.

As an Engineering Lead in our Search and Personalization Team in Berlin, you will create a world class infrastructure to enable search, recommendation systems and personalization for all Zalando applications. You will help to develop Zalando’s in-house search engine service that provides highly relevant personalized search results helping millions of customers find their favorite fashion items.

You Are Setting Standards

Delivery. You drive team mastery in world-class development techniques to deliver a high-performance, stable and auto-scaling production system prone to large amounts of data and high-quality search results.

Vision. You develop and execute the mid- & long-term technical vision and architecture with your teams while fostering close collaboration with other Engineering Managers to be in line with our overall tech strategy.

Collaboration. You define OKRs with your team to achieve a high-level alignment on a half-year basis and facilitate collaboration, communication and decision-making  between different engineering teams and stakeholders. You act as sparring partner to Product Owners / Product Specialists when creating the product vision.

Impact. You develop your team members and help them solve technical challenges by discovering their full potential. You proudly represent Zalando at conferences and meetups and give technical talks.

Growth. You attract, onboard and retain diverse top talents to your teams and cultivate a culture of ownership, autonomy, mastery, innovation and purpose.


You Are Skilled

Technologies. In working hands-on with Java, Scala or Python and in having solid knowledge in machine learning, big data processing, artificial intelligence, search & recommender systems.

Experience. In bringing 5-10 years of direct experience in engineering and data science in an agile development environment to the table.

Leadership. In leading, coaching and mentoring software engineers and data scientists and you have 3+ years of experience as team lead working on large and complex products.

Research. In holding a PhD in a related field. This will be considered a big plus.


You Are Offered

Culture. Culture of trust, empowerment and feedback; 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*. (*Partly, depends on location)

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 processes, please contact Sameer Shaikh -

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