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Senior Python Backend Engineer

The Competitive & Analytics Engineering team is looking for talented senior software engineers who have a passion for building applications at the intersection of data engineering and web development and want to shape the next generation of pricing services. Our applications are responsible for reading, processing and changing thousands of prices every day. You will be given the opportunity to build software that will empower our stakeholders to make the best pricing decisions. You will challenge our status quo, drive innovation and apply agile practices.


  • Design and develop backend services that implement the pricing decisions and strategy using latest tech stack (Presto, Kubernetes, Nakadi/Kafka) in day-to-day work
  • Apply your Python development skills to build production systems, RESTful APIs, microservices (AWS), and the infrastructure for big data processing
  • Design reliable systems that implement SRE best practices
  • Maintain and support business-critical systems
  • Ship code to production every day using CI/CD techniques
  • Tackle the challenges that come with processing highly sensitive data
  • Value security over box-ticking
  • Make your mark on ambitious projects
  • Design, develop, deploy, operate and improve software solutions, that your peers praise for its elegance and code readability


  • 5+ years of professional software development experience
  • Expert level programming experience in Python
  • Strong experience in designing and architecting distributed services
  • Solid relational database skills (Postgres, MySQL etc).
  • Ability to contribute towards best-practices and architectural leadership to our backend applications and help pick the architecture, frameworks and tooling for our next generation platform.
  • Experience leading and owning projects from beginning to end
  • Experience with agile methodologies and automated testing
  • Familiarity with containerization, microservice architecture, continuous integration and delivery.
  • Clear communication skills when it comes to reporting needs and answering technical and service questions.


  • Culture of trust, empowerment and constructive feedback, open source commitment, meetups, game nights, 70+ internal technical and fun guilds, knowledge sharing through tech talks, internal tech academy and blogs, product demos, parties & events
  • Competitive salary, employee share shop, 40% Zalando shopping discount, discounts from external partners, centrally located offices, public transport discounts, municipality services, great IT equipment, flexible working times, additional holidays and volunteering time off, free beverages and fruits, diverse sports and health offerings
  • Extensive onboarding, mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts
  • Relocation assistance for internationals, PME family service and parent & child rooms* (*available only in select locations)

We celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.


Zalando is Europe’s leading online platform for fashion and lifestyle, connecting customers, brands and partners across 17 markets. We drive digital solutions for fashion, logistics, advertising and research, bringing head-to-toe fashion to more than 23 million active customers through diverse skill-sets, interests and languages our teams choose to use.

Pricing & Forecasting is at the core of our commercial operation. Our tools help to determine how much of each product to buy, to recommend the best prices for these products, and to ensure that we have the right level of logistics capacity to fulfil our customers demand. The Pricing and Forecasting engineering team uses cutting edge technology, data science and machine learning, to forecast demand and pricing with a focus on business and customer experience. Partnerships happen with all key engineering and product teams, business and customer experience teams.

Please note that all applications must be completed using the online form - we do not accept applications via email.

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