Assistant Buyer - Zalando Category Management (all genders)

10 May 2022
09 Jun 2022
Zalando is Europe's leading online platform for fashion, connecting customers, brands and partners across 20 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

Our Category Management Team is passionate about fashion and lifestyle. We want customers to find the perfect fashion and lifestyle products for them, from shoes and clothing and accessories. Category Management's task is to put together an on-trend and profitable selection of products. We love discovering new brands and products for the Zalando shops, but finding the right trends is only one aspect, as we also need to keep track of our KPIs and processes. Constant exchange with other departments like logistics, content and photo production, the onsite team and marketing ensures that we act in line with the whole organization. In the end, we are all working towards the same goal: to create an excellent experience for our customers at Zalando.

As an Assistant Buyer at Zalando Category Management, you will plan, buy and develop your own small brand portfolio, taking ownership and accountability of performance KPIs and communicating Zalando strategy to your brand partners. You support the team with marketing and trend topics, therefore contributing to the creative and commercial strategy of the unit.

We are regularly looking for several Assistant Buyers across all our Categories (Women, Men, Designer, Kids, Sports and Beauty).

Currently we have the following positions open:
  • Kids Footwear Highstreet & Casual
  • Kids Lifestyle & Designer
  • Women Textile Trend
  • Women Textile Directional
  • Women Textile Private Label - Knit/Trousers/Sweat
  • Men Accesories Core Fashion
  • Men Trend Underwear & Beachwear Lifestyle

Learn more about Zalando Category Management in the interview with Anna-Maria HERE.
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:

Our employee resource groups:
  • Preparation of product-based analysis for trading decisions and proposals for the assortment selection as well as line plans of your unit. Furthermore, gradually joining strategic and trading meetings independently for a selection of brands
  • Support your team in operational and functional matters, by creating, maintaining, & sending/cancelling orders and making sure all necessary steps are followed through
  • First contact person for our international suppliers, next to our buyers, supporting in the set up and maintenance of condition contracts with them
  • Work closely with our planning team in order to ensure that our products are available for purchase
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in Business Administration, Economics, Fashion Management or an education in a similar area
  • You have a basic knowledge and first experience (+- 1 year) in Buying or Merchandising on an assistant level and passion and interest for world of e-commerce
  • Thriving in fast-paced environments, embracing collaboration and acting proactively. Organizing your workload efficiently, ensuring tasks are ready on time, are accurate and prioritized accordingly
  • Knowledge in MS Office, Google Tools and combining the passion for numbers with fashion. Moreover, you have a strong understanding for trends and products, especially at European-market level

If you are looking for an entry level position to learn more about Buying & Merchandising in e-commerce please check our Category Operations Specialist position!
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.

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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.

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

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