Principal Portfolio Manager - Digital Experience (f/m/d)

21 Apr 2022
31 Jul 2022
The Global PMO team is responsible for driving Zalando's most complex, large scale projects. We also manage the project portfolios of the organisation. As a Principal Portfolio Manager you will manage a portfolio of projects in one of the sub-units of Digital Experience, and you will provide hands on support for programs and projects that are part of your portfolio. You manage time and scope and are the custodian of alignment, both vertical and horizontal. You ensure effective collaboration between stakeholders and with leaders. Together with the executive leader you are responsible for bringing the envisioned end result live and ensuring that projects are staffed and sequenced in line with organisational priorities.

  • You are responsible for the centralized management (incl. intake, prioritization, implementation and review processes) of a sub-unit portfolio to achieve the objectives of your sub-business unit, and ensure alignment with company objectives. You will continuously improve portfolio management in the organisation, working closely with the executive leader and the principal portfolio manager to define fit-for-purpose solutions.
  • You ensure strategic alignment, availability of resources and you support and guide senior management in the approval and prioritization of new projects and review of existing projects in your portfolio.
  • You can clearly articulate and contextualize prioritization and trade-off decisions to stakeholders at all levels in the organization. You balance between a tailored approach and streamlined processes to serve organizational needs in an optimal way and continuously iterate towards lean and fit for purpose solutions.
  • Getting things done and challenging the status quo. You instinctively know what the critical success factors are and change complexity into clarity. You remove any roadblocks that stand in the way. You effectively manage conflict and priorities. You can adjust your approach for each individual project and program and can play many roles; from in-house consultant to business analyst to hands-on product owner.
  • Using your excellent soft-skills, you bring in and involve the right people to make things happen. You build up relationships in the blink of an eye and think beyond silos. You naturally tailor your communication to your audience, irrespective of their position in the organization. You can be convincing when you need to be but you also know when to listen.
  • Help mature Portfolio Management at Zalando, working together with your team members in Global PMO to define principles, processes and standards that can be applied universally.

  • You have several years of project and program management experience. You draw upon your past immersion of working in an agile and iterative environment and focus on delivering projects effectively and efficiently and know how to boost cross-functional teams and projects. You apply high quality project management standards and make them evolve.
  • A proven track record working in a tech environment. You speak the language of business as well as engineering and understand the process of moving from the first ideation to eventual go-live and handover.
  • A highly motivated team player, and an expert in managing conflicts and priorities with both teams and stakeholders. You take responsibility for your tasks, and work in an independent and structured manner.
  • Together with your team members you continuously improve current practices. You are an innovator by heart and keep fresh by looking for new ways to do things. You are able to put new tools and concepts into practice in a diverse, living and ever-growing organization and regularly reflect on your own work and share feedback in a constructive way .

  • Culture of trust, empowerment and constructive feedback, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, 70+ internal technical and fun guilds, knowledge sharing through tech talks, internal tech academy and blogs, product demos, parties & events
  • 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
  • Extensive onboarding, mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts
  • Relocation assistance for internationals, PME family service and parent & child rooms* (*available in select locations)

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 23 markets. We drive digital solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 45 million active customers through diverse skill-sets, interests and languages our teams choose to use.

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