Principal Product Designer - zDirect (all genders)

25 May 2022
20 Jun 2022
The Zalando Community of Practice brings together over 190+ product designers, each with their own unique mix of skills (Strategy, UX, UI, Service Design and specialty skills like motion design, branding, creative technology and typography).

We combine empathy, science and creativity to make engaging and joyful user experiences to ultimately reimagine fashion. To us, fashion is a way to enable people to connect and to bring them together, to express themselves, to create change and facilitate diversity.

Product Designers steer this change on a variety of missions within a diverse range of business units. This one listing represents a variety of openings within Zalando: B2C work driving our core business; B2B work that will help us achieve our platform strategy; and employee-facing (B2E) software design to make us all more effective.

Would you like to hear more from our Product Design community? Kaan Lutfi Caglar, a Principal Product Designer, shared his working day in our ongoing series on the Medium blog.

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.

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zDirectWe make Zalando's Partner Program marketplace accessible to fashion brands and merchants, enabling them to launch and grow their business with us.
We transform how fashion merchants and brands - large and small - sell their products directly to Zalando's customers, and create the benchmark marketplace experience in the Fashion Industry. We are on a mission to transform Zalando Direct into a product and service-driven organisation, and establish design as a driving force behind this transformation.

We are looking for a Principal Product Designer to lead the end-to-end experience of zDirect. This marketplace platform gives A-league and boutique fashion brands direct access to millions of Zalando customers.
  • You'll be part of a growing team of 8 product designers, researchers, content designers, and managers and collaborate with a cross-functional team to redefine the marketplace experience for Zalando's business partners.

  • As a Principal Product Designer for zDirect, you will raise the bar for product design, facilitate an engaging and coherent experience, and help define the vision for the platform. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams in zDirect and beyond to ensure a coherent end-to-end experience for Partners across Zalando's B2B space.

  • We're particularly interested in Product Designers who have a knack for translating complex processes into easy, breezy, beautiful workflows for our Partners. The ideal candidate also has a passion for service design and strong stakeholder management skills, and is not afraid to challenge the status quo.

  • Discovery: You're experienced in helping UX Designers, User Researchers and Product Managers lay a credible and motivational foundation of customer insights for a defined problem space. You jointly plan methodologies, participate in research, shape and interpret quant and qual data, and help assess whether the problem is worth solving.
  • Product Definition: Working closely with PMs, you contribute texts, high-level visuals (e.g. storyboards), press releases, and other problem definition communications. You define holistic customer journeys that PMs and other designers draw from.
  • Solution Design: You generate multiple solutions to complex problems and evaluate which one to follow further. You ensure technical feasibility of designs and leverage technology to improve experiences. Your solutions are scalable.
  • Delivery: You scope and define deliverables and ensure developers have everything they need to build the designed solution. You ensure a remarkable quality of what goes live.

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 counseling, assistance, and referral service for all matters concerning yourself and your family via the F├╝rstenberg 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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Please note that all applications must be completed using the online form - we do not accept applications via email.

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