Senior Manager EU Public Affairs - Tech & E-Commerce (all genders)

02 Jun 2022
20 Jul 2022
As Senior Manager EU Public Affairs, you will lead our policy efforts in the area of tech and e-commerce at EU level, representing Zalando directly and working closely together with EU and markets Public Affairs colleagues. The role would preferably be based in Brussels.
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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Our employee resource groups:
  • Design, drive and implement our policy strategies on data-related topics, AI, privacy, e-commerce or consumer protection.
  • Map our stakeholder landscape and ensure Zalando maintains constructive relationships with policymakers and authorities in coordination with business, legal and governance teams. Build policy alliances and informal networks to advance business objectives. Facilitate exchange between policymakers and regulators and our subject matter experts.
  • Develop and draft policy positions and respond to public consultations.
  • Directly represent the interests of Zalando towards political decision makers and regulatory audiences at EU level.
  • Engage proactively with trade associations, chambers and industry partners to address regulatory and opportunities for Zalando. Manage and leverage our respective memberships.
  • Be our early detection system. Monitor, assess, and advise internal stakeholders on policy and regulatory developments at EU and possibly selected member states level.
  • Work closely with other PA colleagues covering specific markets to identify and leverage synergies.
  • Enable further business growth by working hand-in-hand with our business and communications units.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience
  • Strong and relevant political network, a track record in successful relationship building and political influencing.
  • Strong analytical capabilities. Ability to communicate complex ideas effectively. Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Any other European language is a plus.
  • Empathic, resourceful and solution-oriented candidates with an entrepreneurial mindset and high motivation to master complex and diverse policy challenges under tight deadlines.
  • Strong interest in and knowledge of the e-commerce industry. A deep understanding of the way technology works and how it affects businesses and society.
Career Development
  • Highly motivated, international Public Affairs team at a responsible European platform, high degree of personal responsibility, room to grow.
  • 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 available - subject to prior agreement
  • Home office equipment available for hybrid working, to support you working from home
  • Opportunity to work from abroad for 30 (working) days per calendar year

  • 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 48 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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