Head of D&I - Strategic Business Initiatives (all genders)

20 Dec 2021
01 Mar 2022
Led by the Director of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), the D&I strategy is underpinned by critical strategic pillars that address our stakeholder groups: Talent, Leadership, Customer, Partner. We are seeking a Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Strategic Business Initiatives who will be part of the D&I Strategy & Governance Central Team. This role will help lead the integration of the D&I strategy across the business, provide expert advice to a range of stakeholders, coordinate efforts that help execute on the strategic commitments that are described in the operational plans for Zalando.

At Zalando, our vision is to be the starting point for fashion - one that is inclusive by design. We only assess candidates based on qualifications, merit, and business needs. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, personal expressions, racial identities, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and disability statuses. We only want to know why you’re great for this role, so please avoid including your picture, age, and marital status in your CV as well.

We want to provide you with a great candidate experience. Please feel free to inform us of any accommodations you may need, so we can best support and assist you throughout the hiring process.

do.BETTER - our diversity & inclusion strategy: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/diversity-inclusion
Our employee resource groups: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/diversity-inclusion/our-employee-resource-groups

  • You’ll be responsible for collaborating with Zalando’s Global PMO on business wide operational planning and ensuring all strategic initiatives have a D&I component while supporting the coordination of local initiatives for each year
  • You’ll be responsible for collaborating with Business Unit (BU) Leaders to ensure D&I strategic commitments are part of Zalando Operational Plans and to identify opportunities for D&I Initiatives that can be linked to the commitments laid out in the strategy
  • You’ll advise and guide BU Leaders in order to achieve D&I annual commitment objectives and work with D&I Strategy & Governance Partner to develop measurements that quantify and drive improvement
  • With your functional and organizational know-how, you will lead the conversation, help stimulate stakeholders thinking by bringing thought leadership to these groups to continue Zalando to stay at the leading edge of D&I
  • You’ll anticipate the needs arising out of the business operational planning, helping resolve issues as they surface
  • As a D&I expert, you will lead stakeholders to better understand and raise their own awareness of D&I

  • You convince with your D&I professional experience and knowledge, ideally as a strategic consultant and/or business operations
  • You are passionate about promoting inclusive culture practices and processes that are models for others
  • You have a strong leadership style that is inclusive by design, with the experience of working in a cross-functional organization, as well as being fluent in English
  • You are know for your independent working approach with the ability to quickly familiarize with new topics, a structured, efficient way of working, strong communication skills to effectively communicate with stakeholders at all levels, good collaboration with teams
  • You bear the ability to get into complex topics, able to easily navigate Zalando’s innovative, dynamic environment, and act in the spirit of the company

Career Development
  • We offer peer-to-peer performance reviews twice a year
  • Learn and develop through our extensive Zalando training platform
  • Join regular all-hands, team meetings, Q&A-sessions, and quarterly anonymous employee surveys to ask your questions and provide your feedback
  • Support from an international team of experts; mentoring and professional development opportunities

  • 2 days paid leave per year for volunteering
  • Minimum of 27 holiday days per calendar year
  • Online sports courses, wellbeing, and nutrition advice offered by Humanoo personal wellbeing coach app
  • Mental wellbeing support by our Employee Assistance Program and professional consultants to help you find health resources

  • Flexible working hours
  • Relocation assistance for internationals
  • If you work from an office in your role, a choice of office equipment to be delivered to you, to support you working from home due to COVID-19 safety

  • Access to the employee shares program
  • 40% shopping discount on products shipped and sold by Zalando, and 30% discount on Zalando Lounge
  • Discounts from a wide range of external partners

  • Employee parents’ forums and employee resource group
  • Supported transition into and out of parental leave, with a buddy and re-onboarding plan
  • 3 fully-paid child sick days per year
  • Free counselling, assistance, and referral service for all matters concerning yourself and your family via the Fürstenberg Institute

It’s the perfect time to join Zalando on our journey, from being a pioneer in the world of e-commerce, to the starting point for fashion in Europe. We connect customers, brands, and partners across 23 markets.

Help us drive digital and sustainable solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 46 million active customers through a team of diverse skill-sets, cultural backgrounds, and interests.

Our values: https://jobs.zalando.com/en/our-founding-mindset

do.More - our sustainability strategy: https://corporate.zalando.com/en/sustainability

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

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