Head Markets Strategy & Projects (all genders)

15 Aug 2022
26 Aug 2022
As Head Markets Strategy & Projects (all genders) you will be a leader in the Strategy & Projects team within Zalando's Markets organisation. You will shape the strategic direction across our 25 markets and deliver key projects with a localised and customer-centric mindset, while maintaining high result-orientation. You will closely work with the SVP Markets, country General Managers and other business leaders, acting as thought leader and sparring partner.
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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  • You'll have people management responsibilities for a team of 3 that you support, develop and grow
  • You'll develop the 3-5 year strategy across our markets jointly with the Director Strategy & Projects and Markets Leadership Team and translate it into actionable business plans
  • You'll act as sparring partner to country GMs to deliver on our strategy and business plans and support the execution of key priorities
  • You'll Lead complex, cross-functional projects, develop detailed strategic recommendations for senior leadership and execute on them
  • You'll build an understanding of the market conditions and customer expectations, as well as the competitive environment in which Zalando operates
  • You'll communicate insights and recommendations to key decision-makers at the Director, VP and SVP levels
  • You'll act as bar raiser and shape the culture of the Markets Strategy & Projects team
  • Master's Degree in Business, Economics or Engineering or equivalent
  • Extensive relevant experience as a consultant in a top tier strategy consulting firm or in a strategy/commercial position in a large corporation, preferably in the ecommerce/fashion/tech environment
  • Proven track record of leading & managing a high-performing team in a very dynamic environment
  • Action-oriented team player that is highly organised, self-directed and motivated
  • Excellent business acumen, eager to learn and quick at grasping new topics and concepts, not shying away from digging deep when needed while remaining focused on the bigger picture
  • Track-record of developing action oriented strategies as well as pragmatic execution plans
  • Demonstrated capability in managing diverse groups of senior stakeholders and in challenging them on strategic topics
  • Passion for ecommerce/fashion/tech, and an understanding of online business models and current industry trends
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; Business fluent English
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 available - subject to prior agreement
  • 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 49 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.