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DateWednesday, April 29, 2015
AuthorLeonid Botnarenko

Zalando Opens Data Engineering Centre in Dublin

Fashion Platform Expands Tech Operations to Dublin Saying it Will Create up to 200 Jobs



Robert Gentz, Founder of online Zalando fashion platform for men, women and children, has announced the opening of its new Insights Centre in DublinZalando SE (@Zalando), Europe's leading online fashion platform for men, women and children, has announced the opening of its new Insights Centre in Dublin's Silicon Docks. The company plans to create up to 200 jobs in Dublin over the next 3 years in the field of research and development, big data analysis, data science and engineering.



Zalando's was founded in 2008 by David Schneider and Robert Gentz in Berlin and today has a presence in 15 European countries. 


According to Gentz, Co-Founded Zalando SE, technology is the driving force behind Zalando's success, creating the best online experience possible for 100 million visitors each month. He said: "Understanding our customers, and gaining deep insights into their purchasing patterns and their behaviour online means we can provide them with a personalised and compelling offering. Investing to understand these insights has driven our growth since the earliest days of our company and has been the key to our success"



Zalando aims to become the world's top resource for data and research related to fashion and Gentz believes Zalando is well-positioned to take on this role. Every day they process millions of transactions using sophisticated machine learning, data mining and analytics processes. In the new center, it will take their data operations to the next level in order to better understand the latest fashion trends, provide the highest-quality expert advice and market research, and develop the next generation of fashion search engines.



Believing Dublin to be one of the most dynamic technology hubs in Europe, a magnet for talented software engineers and data professionals eager to work on and solve the most intriguing technical challenges, Gentz added: "The new Zalando Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin will play a major role as we continue to lead online fashion and grow our presence across Europe."



Eric Bowman, VP Engineering at Zalando, commented: "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."


The investment is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland.



Martin Shanahan, CEO IDA said, "Ireland continues to attract the world's leading online companies. Dublin is a serious contender for any online company looking to expand operations in Europe given the large cluster of digital companies operating here. I wish Zalando every success with their new Fashion Insights Centre in Dublin."


Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fine Gael Party Leader, said: "Ireland is establishing a reputation as the Internet capital of Europe and this is further strengthened by Zalando's decision to locate here. 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."


Tánaiste Joan Burton, who joined Taoiseach Enda Kenny, T.D at the official opening of the new Insights Centre, says that Zalando find no shortage of high calibre recruits for the positions in Ireland. "Zalando's decision to locate its Insights Centre in Dublin underscores once again Ireland's attractiveness as a location for inward investment, and Dublin's emergence as a centre of digital excellence. Today we live in a very different world, and the 200 employees who Zalando will hire will work across research and development, big data analysis, data science and engineering to help improve the company's offering for customers."




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