Jobs at Zalando: Software Solution Architect (Senior) in Berlin -


Software Solution Architect (Senior)

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We're hiring for this position in the following cities: Berlin and Hamburg (Germany). Please state your country or city preference in the application.

Zalando is stepping into new adventures. Framed by our overarching strategy to move from an online retail company to a Fashion E-Commerce Platform, we build new businesses and offerings for numerous players of the fashion market. The technical basis for that will be a powerful architecture based on microservices and a cloud-based infrastructure.

We are now searching for a Senior Software Architect to join our newly established Architecture Team. Our aim is to help Zalando with its further growth by supporting different teams in solution design development and technology prototyping.

Your responsibilities:

  • You’ll provide hands-on support on complex business solution and technology piloting projects
  • You’ll act as architect consultant and peer review partner for various teams as well as a mentor and evangelist of architecture principles and visions
  • You’ll drive Zalando’s API Guild, Tech Radar and Architecture principles in our polyglot (Scala, Java, Clojure, Python, etc.) and heterogeneous system environment
  • You’ll cultivate and disseminate knowledge and best practices on architecture and design development within the engineering organization
  • You’ll be the owner of Zalando’s global architecture documentation and ensure its consistency and alignment with different engineering stakeholders
  • You’ll embrace architecture development as a team game and share your knowledge through coaching, peer reviews, articles and tech talks

Main requirements

  • 8+ years professional hands-on experience as (senior) engineer and architect in complex development projects of non-small scale companies in the Internet domain like e-commerce, software or infrastructure as a service (SaaS, PaaS), or similar
  • You have gained operational experience in distributed large scale applications with high scaling, availability and performance requirements running on cloud-based infrastructure, prior experience as engineering (team) lead is a big plus

You are proficient in:

  • (Mobile) web applications and services
  • Microservice architecture and Restful API design
  • Java and JVM based languages, like Scala
  • SQL and Non-SQL data bases (like Cassandra, Hadoop, Spark)
  • Event data processing (like Kafka, Storm, event sourcing)
  • Large-scale applications on cloud infrastructure, preferably AWS
  • Open source technologies
  • You’re brilliant at architecture documentation, balancing technical trade-offs and delivering technical presentations
  • Clear communication with strong analytical skills and ability to reduce complexity are your strengths
  • As a self-motivated team player you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment


  • One-month mentoring program
  • Internal tech talks, skills-building courses and technical “People Leads” who help you achieve mastery
  • Personal branding support: From preparing tech talks and blog posts to networking with industry leaders
  • Community: hack weeks, movie nights, coder dojos, +70 self-organized tech guilds and more
  • Competitive salary
  • 40% Zalando shopping discount and commuter discount
  • Relocation assistance for internationals

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