Buyer / Product Manager Sports (Maternity Cover)


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Buyer / Product Manager Sports (Maternity Cover), Zalando


Berlin, Germany







Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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As Zalando transforms from Europe’s leading e-commerce company into a multi-service platform for fashion, this is an exciting time to join us. zLabels is Zalando´s Fashion subsidiary. Located in the heart of Berlin, we develop fashion brands handling every step in the product lifecycle from initial design right through to distribution. When designing for new labels we draw inspiration from Haute couture collections and young unconventional designers.

As a Buyer (m/f) in our Sports Private Label team, you’re part of a high performing team, creating new and innovative ways to connect people and fashion.

We’re constantly reinventing our products, our services and ourselves. That’s how we identify and remove the barriers to inspiration and empowerment, as they emerge, letting technology and creativity set the pace. When you can tackle new challenges and take ownership of your work, the opportunities to make a personal impact are limitless, and there’s always more to play for.


Trend Scouting. The Sports Team is passionate about sport and lifestyle and is looking for a new buyer with a European view of the latest trends.

Product: Collection building and the implementation of profitable products within the provate label sports range is your task. You will be the driver to push the brand forward by always challenging the status quo in terms of product and price offer.

Partnership. You will be responsible for the creative direction of your collection, sourcing new suppliers, negotiating the best terms and conditions whilst you keep our existing suppliers happy.

Numbers: You know your KPIs and will constantly analyse sales reactions and react quickly to market needs by trading within season.

Communication. Constant exchange with other departments like Logistics, Content and Photo production, Onsite Management and Merchandising are key to your work, ensuring that we act in line with the whole organization. You will work cross functionally to drive sales and maximize profit.

The Ideal Candidate


Know-How. You have successfully completed a degree in economics or fashion management and have already gathered some professional experience in buying, product development or purchasing, ideally in a private label or sports environment

Intervention. Negotiation is in your blood, and you are always a compelling figure when communicating with suppliers and other stakeholders. You have mastered both written and spoken negotiations in English beautifully.

Analysis. Your excellent analytical skills put you on top of the class and you just love working with numbers. You can use Excel and the MS Office package in your sleep.

Approach. Your work showcases your quick thinking and proactive attitude, which also means you keep on top of things in a fast-paced environment.

Teamwork. You love keeping in close touch with colleagues and partners, and you stay cool, calm and collected even when the going gets tough


Culture. A workplace where trust, empowerment and feedback are valued; positive, inspiring working atmosphere.

Perks. Competitive salary; great shopping discount on a wide range of products on; discounts from external partners; office in the heart of Berlin; public transport discounts; relocation assistance for internationals; municipality services; flexible working times; family service and parent & child rooms*; additional holidays and volunteering time off; diverse sports and health offerings.

Development. Mentoring; personal branding support focused on leadership; diverse career opportunities.

Peers. International, accomplished experts to inspire and support you.


Then go ahead and apply!

About Us

Zalando’s success also tells the story of our exceptional team and our efforts. We are always happy to welcome new colleagues who join us in creating the world’s best online fashion experience.

zLabels is Zalando’s fashion subsidiary. Located in the heart of Berlin, we develop fashion brands handling every step in the product lifecycle from initial design right through to distribution. When designing for new labels we draw inspiration from haute couture collections and young unconventional designers. 

We have a wide range of fashion labels and brands: from sporty men’s fashion to refined women’s wear up to modern kids shoe collections. 

Some of our brands and labels like mint&berry, Zign and Twintip have become extremely successful during the last few years, establishing ourselves as a professional fashion company. The complete product life cycle, from design until sales, is located within our company. We plan to continue and build upon this success in the future.