Head of Engineering (f/m/d) Sell

Permanent contract, full-time or part-time, Cologne / Darmstadt / Düsseldorf / Remote

Who we are


We operate Kaufland.de: Several thousand sellers and millions of products make us one of the fastest growing online marketplaces. Our work is characterised by a dynamic corporate culture, with a start-up mentality and the opportunities offered by a large corporation in the background. We combine knowledge and many years of experience in e-commerce with flat hierarchies and a highly motivated team. Whether you are an intern or a team lead: We take every idea seriously, because we want to work together in shaping the future of e-commerce!

We love flexibility! We offer you the best environment to work in a flexible and focused way: You decide whether you want to work in our office in Cologne // Darmstadt // Düsseldorf while at the same time having the opportunity to work remotely (Germany). We want to offer you the most attractive workplace in e-commerce and a maximum of flexibility for your personal work-life balance.

Day-by-day, our development team of about 250 experts pursues the goal of creating the best-possible customer shopping experience for the Kaufland.de marketplace. We are here to inspire millions of customers, to help them find, purchase and get the things they love. To enrich the lives of our customers, we collaborate in cross-functional teams, in which product owners, product designers, frontend and backend engineers, data scientists and lean managers join forces. Details regarding the challenges of the respective product areas can be found here: https://kaufland-ecommerce.com/en/team/tech/.As the Head of Engineering for the area Sell you are responsible for all the tools and products our sellers need to be successful in our marketplace. More so - you are building and managing the organization to be successful. You are focussing on the engineering part and join forces with the Head of Product Sell. This position reports to a Director of Product Engineering.

Your tasks – this is what awaits you in detail

  • You are responsible for the success of our area Sell and Fulfillment by Kaufland which currently consists of 4 teams and around 25 engineers
  • You shape the product and engineering vision for the area with the goal to build tooling and products which our sellers love, work for our customers and our business
  • You are setting up the right structure for the area to grow further
  • You are leading your engineers through a team of engineering managers or directly
  • You make sure your area is aligned with the company vision, mission and current objectives and key results
  • You make sure that we leverage (new) technology within our product teams to build products customers love and work for the business
  • You make sure we’re continuously raising the engineering bar with experience and passion for software excellence
  • You are responsible for keeping the right balance of time, budget and quality within the area
  • You develop, monitor and own the relevant KPIs for the area (cost, SLAs, SLIs….)
  • Contribute to our guidelines, policies, standards etc. to improve how we work

Your profile – this is what we expect from you

  • You have built and shaped cross-functional product teams / organizations and bring a vast experience in engineering of scalable web applications and databases in modern environments
  • You are a role model in communication, ownership and execution
  • You plan ahead and start working on making your organization ready for tomorrow - today
  • You don’t shy away from making tough decisions having the bigger picture in mind
  • You are willing to go the extra mile to make your team successful, you give honest feedback, able to discuss, commit and execute
  • You certainly embrace and drive change

What we offer

  • A highly-motivated and qualified team from different fields and numerous nations and the opportunity to further grow your career (Director Product Engineering, VP Engineering…)
  • We are focused on results and provide a maximum of flexibility to achieve them
  • A product which is used by millions of customers and thousands of sellers every month
  • Power meets dynamic - flat hierarchies with encouraged decision making and a start-up mentality meet, and the power of a big corporate group offers you an agile and secure working environment at the same time
  • Free choice of hardware – we provide you with the development environment of your choice
  • Personal & team growth: We love to have flexibility in terms of working location, but we also believe that personal interactions are important. That’s why we organize company events, and cover the costs to bring you there and to other (approved) get-togethers with your peers. The same applies to conferences and other learning opportunities. We want everybody to grow personally and professionally, as a team and as a company
  • Top conditions at the Urban Sports Club for fitness, team sports, yoga and more

Check out our Principles & our blog for even more insights into our company culture!
Why are you the perfect fit for this position? Don't bother with cover letters - we're interested in facts and figures!

As we have very international teams, we would highly appreciate it to receive your CV or profile link in English.
Apply here
Your contact person: Kristina Heymann
Kaufland e-commerce
Kaufland e-commerce Services GmbH

Postal address:
Habsburgerring 2
50674 Köln

We are looking forward to your application!

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