Head of Product - Warehouse Applications & Automation

04 May 2021
26 Feb 2022
As Head of Warehouse Applications & Automation, you'll be part of a high performing product community building & implementing our Warehouse Management System applications and Warehouse Control Systems landscape with your teams, creating new and innovative ways to connect fashion and technology. You will drive the degree of automation of our logistics centers by owning the software applications, reducing manual effort and making things smarter for our customers, shareholders and colleagues.

We're constantly reinventing our products, our services and ourselves for the good of our customers. That's how we identify and remove the barriers to inspiration and empowerment, as they emerge, letting technology and creativity set the pace.

When you can tackle new challenges and take ownership of your work, the opportunities to make a personal impact are limitless, and there's always more to play for.
  • Lead the warehouse applications & automation product team of ca. 8 Product Managers through the full cycle of discovery, definition, design and delivery to empower engineers, stakeholders and experts to drive the customer experience, no matter whether it is in-house or third party components of our Warehouse Management System and Warehouse Control Systems. Further, own world-class end-user tooling for our day-to-day business affecting 15000+ and growing colleagues in our fulfillment centers.
  • Build, scale and continuously improve a variety of logistics applications. Redefine the delivery experience of our 36 million customers, partners and day-to-day work of our colleagues in our logistics centers. Consult Zalando's Logistics Innovations team to scout, develop and qualify new technologies and startups for Zalando's supply chain around the globe.
  • Drive automation KPIs and support teams (engineering, product, business) to deliver on those with the right priorities. Manage the productification of our systems to accelerate time to production, to increase capabilities for smart evaluation of technologies in PoC/prototypes/pilots, and to reduce complexity with a growing number of automation technologies. Write the story of robots in our supply chain.
  • Be a role model. Don't miss an opportunity to convey energy and inspiration to make people stretch to the next level and ship it. Inspire, consult and empower your stakeholders, especially WMS Engineering + Product teams, Logistics Network Development planning + innovation teams, integration and implementation as well as warehouse operations central functions + fulfillment center leadership teams.
  • Drive and build healthy inclusive teams promoting diversity and foster an inclusive & diverse team environment. Also shape and encompass an inclusive culture.
  • Professional experience in Agile, Scrum, Kanban. Experience in working on backlogs hands-on along the product lifecycle with methodologies that made teams ship fast, learn and grow. If needed, your excellent IT project management skills help you get your endeavour back on track and the product live on time.
  • Excellent negotiation skills turn tough discussions into fruitful decisions for progress. You're discussing the business on eye level with senior management and challenge senior engineers on architecture and design decisions. Ability to say no and stand your decision in the face of your internal customers.
  • You're known for your demanding, analytical questions and the way you challenge insights. Whatever topic: your first question is "How does it help our customers? How to measure it?"
  • Experience in helping the team, to support day-to-day decision making, weighing business value, risks, and effort. You don't shy away from tough disputes, but bring together all required facts and everyone needs to move forward quickly.
  • Experience building & growing inclusive team environments
  • A workplace run on trust, empowerment and feedback; positive, inspiring working atmosphere
  • Competitive salary, employee share shop, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, centrally located offices, public transport discounts, municipality services, great IT equipment, flexible working times, additional holidays and volunteering time off, free beverages and fruits, diverse sports and health offerings
  • Mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts
  • Relocation assistance for internationals, PME family service and parent & child rooms

We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.
Zalando is Europe's leading online platform for fashion, connecting customers, brands and partners across 17 markets. We drive digital solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 34 million active customers through diverse skill-sets, interests and languages our teams choose to use.

Warehouse Applications & Automation team enables our colleagues in our logistics facilities (HUBs, Spokes and Return Centers) to run inbound, warehousing and outbound processes in the most efficient way, to plan and track transports and to enable invoice validation for transports. We provide applications for the Zalando WMS Zalos, integrate and control robots and automation and transport technologies and offer tools for planning dock allocation and transports.

Please note that all applications must be completed using the online form - we do not accept applications via email.

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