Zalando expands tech operations to Dublin - Taoiseach officially opens new fashion insights centre in Silicon Docks. Hub will include deep data science & engineering research. Zalando is aiming for the best talent in tech in Dublin
Dublin, April 22nd, 2015 - Zalando SE, Europe’s leading online fashion platform for men, women and children, today announced the opening of its new Zalando Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin. Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D. was joined by the Tánaiste Joan Burton T.D. and Robert Gentz, Founder and co-CEO of Zalando at the official opening of the new Insights Centre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks.
Zalando is locating in Ireland to meet the growing demand for top quality candidates in the field of research and development, big data analysis, data science and engineering. The company plans to create up to 200 jobs in Dublin over the next 3 years. The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.
Headquartered in Berlin, Zalando was founded in 2008 by David Schneider and Robert Gentz and today has a presence in 15 European countries selling fashion clothing, sports gear and shoes, to close to 15 million active customers. After just over six years of operation its business has grown to €2.2 billion in revenue in 2014, with an EBIT margin of 2.8%.
Speaking at the official opening, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said, “Ireland is establishing a reputation as the Internet capital of Europe and this is further strengthened by Zalando's decision to locate here, with the creation of up to 200 jobs. Thanks to our talented workforce, Dublin's Silicon Docks is home to some of the biggest Internet companies in the world. The Government will continue to ensure that companies like Zalando see Ireland as an attractive location for business through the determined implementation of the Action Plan for Jobs, as we aim for full employment by 2018."
“We will offer graduates and experienced people the opportunity to work on exciting engineering and data science challenges, said Eric Bowman, VP Engineering at Zalando. “We're looking for the best engineers and data scientists in Dublin, Europe and the world, people who thrive on solving hard problems and delivering impact. We want independent thinkers, brilliant executioners, people who love a challenge, working on deep problems and working with the smartest people, while creating a great team culture.”