(Senior) Innovation Expert - Supply Function

13 Apr 2022
28 Jun 2022
Zalando Lounge is a fast-growing offprice shopping destination and one of Zalando's platform propositions. We operate as a business unit and are looking for a (Senior) Innovation Expert for the unit's Supply function. Supply is responsible to maintain or develop scalable services and efficient workflows for supply planning, product sourcing and partner management.

While the Buying team as our direct partner-face manages and grows Lounge's partner portfolio across various categories, we need your expertise elsewhere: As a (Senior) Innovation Expert, you'll build a deep understanding of the industry and supply environment, enabling senior management to make commercial recommendations on the function's strategic priorities and initiate their implementation to shape our partner-facing business model.
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 seize business opportunities for our Supply function on our mission to become the partner of choice for offprice business. You'll develop new ideas on how to exploit supply or partner (growth) synergies across Zalando services and propositions
  • You'll kick-start and own cross-functional initiatives from scope and target definition, planning and management of work streams and stakeholders, to implementation and retrospective. You'll oversee and manage the progress of all your initiatives in a structured way and identify opportunities while suggesting and exploring solutions to potential blockers or newly arising problems
  • You'll contribute to strategic papers and presentations for senior management. You'll leverage compelling documentation to get your initiatives through
  • You'll represent Lounge's Supply function as central, cross-functional specialist and coordinator in group-wide initiatives and assure that overarching objectives are aligned. You'll establish and lead relationships with other partner-facing teams or functions and influence and lead a multitude of internal, international stakeholders
  • You have a degree in business studies and 5+ years of solid work experience in strategic business development, management consulting or other analytical/commercial development positions; experiences in the fashion or any other fast-paced eCommerce industry is a strong plus
  • Your entrepreneurial mindset, strong perseverance and can-do mentality raise the bar. You meet our dynamic business with a pragmatic approach in developing things from scratch and a proven passion to own complex and cross-functional initiatives
  • Your exceptionally strong communication skills excel in translating complex business issues into practical and relevant terms, at a level that you feel comfortable to present and convince in senior management rounds
  • You embrace change. You naturally switch between challenging the status quo, driving change, embracing it, and committing when needed
  • You are self-motivated, self-directed and able to work independently without losing sight of your goals within complex topics
  • You are a born networker and demonstrated that your strong stakeholder management moves any situation to the next level
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 F├╝rstenberg Institute
Zalando Lounge is an online shopping club for fashion and lifestyle products in 14 European countries. We offer our members daily, time-limited sale campaigns with discounts of up to 75% off the recommended retail price. However, Zalando Lounge is so much more than discounts. Our strength lies in our focus on fashion: from sought-after labels to niche brands, from famous international names to trendy luxury brands, we make sure to meet the fashion taste of all our customers, who are always on the hunt for the best products at the best prices. Working with our brand partners, we're pioneering innovative supply-chain and production processes and offer them an impactful and smart solution, creating a new way to shop for fashion - and a new way to sell it.


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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