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Team Lead Category Controlling (m/f/d) - Zalando Lounge

As a Team Lead Category Controlling you will play a key role in our Category Planning & Analytics team at Zalando Lounge. In this central position within our Partner facing organisation you will be responsible to steer our investments into fashion products and our brand partners. You will lead a team of Category Controllers that peer up with the Buying teams analysing supplier performance, steer our purchasing budgets and conditions controlling.

  • Managing the annual and seasonal planning cycles to ensure the purchasing strategy and OTB budget is well defined utilizing relevant KPI’s and in line with the commercial and operational objectives
  • Running the in-season OTB management by utilizing critical actual and forecasted performance and steering business through cross-functional collaboration
  • Communicating clearly and building compelling data storytelling to support our management and functional teams taking data-based decisions and actions on a weekly, monthly and seasonal view
  • Leading, motivating, and developing a team, prioritizing and supporting them in operational, analytical, and technical dimensions while coaching your commercial colleagues to grow their analytical capabilities
  • Proven track record of 5+ years in a similar role in Controlling or Merchandise Planning ideally in fashion or e-commerce, 3+ years of team leadership experience
  • You must be able to drive changes in a fast-paced environment while leading team of Business Controllers who are well-versed in statistical modeling and are expert mathematicians
  • Excellent presentation skills, as well as verbal and written communication with a curious and self-starter mindset. Solid stakeholder management skills. You couple your passion for strategy with pragmatism to drive actions and impact
  • Proficiency in reporting and numeracy analysis. You can visualize your data insights with tools like Tableau, Microstrategy as well as using Google Sheets and Slides
  • SQL and proficiency in data transformation and statistical computing in Python or R is an advantage
  • A workplace run on trust, empowerment and feedback; positive, inspiring working atmosphere
  • 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
  • Mentoring and personal development opportunities and an international team of experts
  • Relocation assistance for internationals, PME family service and parent & child rooms

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 Lounge is an online shopping club for fashion and lifestyle products in 14 European countries. We offer our members daily, time-limited sale campaigns with discounts of up to 75% off the recommended retail price. However, Zalando Lounge is so much more than discounts. Our strength lies in our focus on fashion: from sought-after labels to niche brands, from famous international names to trendy luxury brands, we make sure to meet the fashion taste of all our customers, who are always on the hunt for the best products at the best prices. Working with our brand partners, we're pioneering innovative supply-chain and production processes and offer them an impactful and smart solution, creating a new way to shop for fashion - and a new way to sell it.

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

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