Principal Portfolio Manager - Digital Experience (f/m/d) (all genders)

08 Sep 2022
28 Oct 2022
The Global PMO team is responsible for driving Zalando's most complex, large scale projects. We also manage the project portfolios of the organisation. As a Principal Portfolio Manager you will manage a portfolio of projects in one of the sub-units of Digital Experience, and you will provide hands on support for programs and projects that are part of your portfolio. You manage time and scope and are the custodian of alignment, both vertical and horizontal. You ensure effective collaboration between stakeholders and with leaders. Together with the executive leader you are responsible for bringing the envisioned end result live and ensuring that projects are staffed and sequenced in line with organisational priorities.

At Zalando, our vision is to be inclusive by design. And this vision starts with our hiring - we do not discriminate on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation, personal expression, ethnicity, religious belief, or disability status. You are welcome to leave out your picture, age, or marital status from your application. We only assess candidates on their qualifications and merit.

We want to provide you with a great candidate experience. Feel free to inform us of any accommodations you may need, so we can best support you throughout the hiring process.

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  • You are responsible for the centralized management (incl. intake, prioritization, implementation and review processes) of a sub-unit portfolio to achieve the objectives of your sub-business unit, and ensure alignment with company objectives. You will continuously improve portfolio management in the organisation, working closely with the executive leader and the principal portfolio manager to define fit-for-purpose solutions.
  • You ensure strategic alignment, availability of resources and you support and guide senior management in the approval and prioritization of new projects and review of existing projects in your portfolio.
  • You can clearly articulate and contextualize prioritization and trade-off decisions to stakeholders at all levels in the organization. You balance between a tailored approach and streamlined processes to serve organizational needs in an optimal way and continuously iterate towards lean and fit for purpose solutions.
  • Getting things done and challenging the status quo. You instinctively know what the critical success factors are and change complexity into clarity. You remove any roadblocks that stand in the way. You effectively manage conflict and priorities. You can adjust your approach for each individual project and program and can play many roles; from in-house consultant to business analyst to hands-on product owner.
  • Using your excellent soft-skills, you bring in and involve the right people to make things happen. You build up relationships in the blink of an eye and think beyond silos. You naturally tailor your communication to your audience, irrespective of their position in the organization. You can be convincing when you need to be but you also know when to listen.
  • Help mature Portfolio Management at Zalando, working together with your team members in Global PMO to define principles, processes and standards that can be applied universally.

  • You have several years of project and program management experience. You draw upon your past immersion of working in an agile and iterative environment and focus on delivering projects effectively and efficiently and know how to boost cross-functional teams and projects. You apply high quality project management standards and make them evolve.
  • A proven track record working in a tech environment. You speak the language of business as well as engineering and understand the process of moving from the first ideation to eventual go-live and handover.
  • A highly motivated team player, and an expert in managing conflicts and priorities with both teams and stakeholders. You take responsibility for your tasks, and work in an independent and structured manner.
  • Together with your team members you continuously improve current practices. You are an innovator by heart and keep fresh by looking for new ways to do things. You are able to put new tools and concepts into practice in a diverse, living and ever-growing organization and regularly reflect on your own work and share feedback in a constructive way .

Zalando provides a range of benefits, here's an overview of what you can expect. Ask your Talent Acquisition Partner to learn more about what we offer.
  • Employee shares program
  • 40% off fashion and beauty products sold and shipped by Zalando, 30% off Zalando Lounge, discounts from external partners
  • 2 paid volunteering days a year
  • Hybrid working model, with flexible hours and up to 60% remote
  • Work from abroad for up to 30 working days a year
  • 27 days of vacation a year to start
  • Relocation assistance available (subject to prior agreement)
  • Family services, including counseling and support
  • Health and wellbeing options (including Gympass)
  • Mental health support and coaching available
It's the perfect time to join Zalando's journey, from being a pioneer in the world of e-commerce, to becoming the Starting Point for Fashion in Europe. We connect customers, brands, and partners across 25 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.

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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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