Focusing on the digital experience in the Fashion Store, the new office will be the third of its kind internationally for Zalando.
Sun, sea and cyber is all for the taking in one of Europe’s leading tech hubs, Lisbon. The highly attractive and innovative Portuguese capital is Zalando’s next destination as we open the doors to our third international tech hub, following on from Dublin (April 2015) and Helsinki (August 2015).
Much like our drive for personalization and our bold moves into artificial intelligence (AI) with 2017’s chatbot partnerships, the Lisbon tech hub represents another key step in our fashion platform strategy. Philipp Erler, Zalando SVP Digital Experience: “As well as allowing us to concentrate resources on the development of our Fashion Store – a cornerstone of Zalando’s success – the new hub in Lisbon will contribute to the diversification of our technological footprint, which is continually expanding at a fast pace.”
The new hub in Lisbon will contribute to the diversification of our technological footprint, which is continually expanding at a fast pace.“
ZALANDO SVP DIGITAL EXPERIENCE
Welcome to Lisbon, Zalando. You can start calling it your city.“
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT LISBON'S INVESTMENT AGENCY
In contrast to the focus on data science and engineering in Dublin and engineering and research in Helsinki, the Lisbon hub will complement our existing centers by concentrating on the digital experience. In the first year of operations, we hope to create more than 50 jobs for frontend and backend software engineers, product managers and UX designers, as well as talent from within academic institutions and more. As such, being an active player in the rich tech environment in Lisbon is naturally a priority. Marc Lamik, Head of Partnerships and Innovations: “The city’s tech ecosystem will allow us to attract the talent we need, and we are looking forward to engaging in fruitful exchanges with the local start-up community.”
We have already enjoyed Portugal’s famous hospitality with the welcoming words from Rui Coelho, Executive Director at Lisbon’s investment agency, Invest Lisboa: “For us, Zalando is not just another company – and Lisbon is attracting many of them! – but a perfect fit for the ecosystem we are developing in Lisbon: a mix of technology and creativity, with open arms for start-ups. Welcome to Lisbon, Zalando. You can start calling it your city.”
With summer on the horizon and the beach a stone’s throw away, we’re thrilled to be making ourselves at home.