Applied Science Manager (m/f/d)

09 Aug 2022
06 Nov 2022
We are ambitious and committed to be the starting point of fashion for our customers and partners; therefore we are re-founding and scaling our Applied Science backbone for Ads Personalization working backwards from user, content and context understanding.

As an Applied Science Manager in ZMS, you will enable talented scientists to deliver effective and scientifically-sound solutions to our main business problems: real-time recommendation for our Sponsored Product and Campaign advertisements. Open-research problems are involved, at the intersection of Deep Learning, Auction Theory, Econometrics, Causal inference, and high-load low-latency Machine Learning Engineering, giving opportunities for scientific contributions.

We are looking for a leader with experience in guiding research work, and in delivering impact from science-based systems. You will support the team working in a structured and transparent way and achieve results that we can all proudly celebrate. This position is a unique opportunity to have visible impact, and connect with exceptional talents from many different backgrounds.

  • Team Management: Recruit, empower and support Applied Scientists, reviewing and guiding their work, creating conditions for high-quality deliveries and career growth.
  • Project Management: Support the team in defining and executing roadmaps, in a way that integrates the high level of uncertainty and complexity involved in our projects.
  • Applied Science Excellence: Raise the bar, engage the team into defining and adopting always better standards in Applied Science and Software Engineering.
  • Communication and Leadership: As a scientific competence center make sure the team collaborates smoothly with other teams and other job functions.
  • Shape and champion an inclusive culture and diverse team environment

  • PhD or MSc in Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, or Physics, with at least 5+ years of industry experience in Machine Learning/Data Science/Deep Learning. Experience in Advertising/Ecommerce and background in Economics are considered a plus
  • Experience (2Y+) in people and project leadership under uncertainty and ambiguity.
  • Proven track record in developing solutions from initial idea to production
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, clarity and structure.
  • Experience promoting inclusive culture practices and processes that are models for others

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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  • 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 for internationals
  • Home office equipment available for hybrid working, to support you working from home
  • Hybrid working model with 60% remote per week
  • 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 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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