Backend Engineer (Java / Kotlin) – Erfurt – Tech Logistics (w/m/d)

Backend Engineer (Java / Kotlin) – Erfurt – Tech Logistics (w/m/d)
Zalando SE - Erfurt, Germany
Full Time
Engineering & Technical

As Zalando transforms from Europe’s leading e-commerce company into The Starting Point for Fashion, this is an exciting time to join us!

As a Software Engineer in Tech Logistics, you will develop logistics systems to support the delivery of millions of items to our customers. You would be a part of one of our teams that develop systems that, for example do stock distribution across warehouses, handle receive distribution and storage of goods and returns, develop algorithms to optimize the utilization of automation and staff, or create processes to ship goods to our customers while reducing errors and improving performance of logistics centers.


  • We solve things that matter to the customer and business. Our product organization is embedded in the team enabling us to design, measure, and monitor meaningful innovations that provide the most reliable order processing experience.
  • Our team consists of professionals from several different countries. We grow together and our collective experience makes us stronger.
  • Our domain area is large and it takes time to become familiar with it. We focus on long term relationships. We like to mentor and coach new team members so that they grow professionally and feel comfortable at work. You will enjoy the team, get opportunities to learn new technologies, and experience many challenges.
  • Our code runs for years at scale and we value easy-to-understand and maintainable solutions. Therefore, we employ API-first and make robust architectural decisions.
  • The team is located in Erfurt/Thuringia near our Warehouse – short ways to see our work in action.


  • Develop and execute mid- & long-term technical vision and architecture with your team, while closely collaborating with Engineering Managers to be in line with our overall tech strategy. You will support teams driving the design and implementation of applications used by our colleagues in our logistics centers, platform services, and algorithmic optimizations (such as route planning and task scheduling).
  • Manage your services from architecture to testing, deployment and operation in an agile environment.
  • Collaborate with and mentor a multi-disciplinary team of backend, frontend, and research engineers.
  • Facilitate communication and decision-making in your team and with other engineering teams and stakeholders.


  • Various levels of experience in professional programming in Java, Kotlin with expertise in microservices architecture, distributed systems, RESTful APIs and event-driven design. Knowledgeable in data structures, SQL and NoSQL, Spring/Akka framework, and experience with AWS and Kubernetes.
  • Experience in building high-volume services in distributed systems, in delivering high quality code and knowledge of how to deploy and maintain it. Interest and knowledge in Python or similar languages are a plus.
  • Curiosity about algorithms, machine learning or mathematics.
  • Fluent and effective communication and ability to understand business requirements in an agile environment.


  • 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 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.