Manuel Zahn

Company Role:
Team Lead of Team Constellation


What do you do at Omnia Retail?
My team and I handle the planning, implementation, and acceleration of dataflows in our pricing platform. Every day, we process hundreds of millions of data points, such as offers and price recommendations.

What is something people in your industry have to deal with that you want to fix?
Traditionally, in the software industry, we have to manage infrastructure, which distracts from focusing on the actual product. I encourage you to consider serverless architectures, where the cloud provider takes care of the infrastructure, and you can save time and invest it in your core product.

What is your past experience, of working in your position?
I studied computer science and economics at TU Darmstadt. During that time I worked as a research assistant in the Multimedia Communications Lab (KOM) in Darmstadt. There my main focus was researching and lowering the energy consumption in smartphones. I’ve also had a six month internship at NEC Laboratories Europe, where I researched about automated configuration of cloud-based IoT platforms.
Soon I joined Omnia as a working student in 2014 :)

What do you like about working at Omnia Retail so far?
What I like most about Omnia Retail are the awesome people. There is always a friendly and constructive atmosphere which is the baseline for growing.
Due to the large variety of tasks, the everyday work never gets boring.

What are the values that drive you?
Curiosity and Creativity

What are your top favorite books, podcasts, or documentaries?
- Methodisch Inkorrekt (Podcast)
- Geschichten aus der Geschichte (Podcast)
- A Journey Beyond (Documentary)

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?
I’m passionate about cycling. In every season.
I’m a fan of bikepacking. This means bicycle adventures on a Gravel Bike with minimum baggage plus tent. So far I cycled through the Alps, Scandinavia and Spain/France.
Who is in for the next level of adventure?

Let’s end with your favorite quote!
“The Sky's the Limit” by Captain Picard in the final episode of Star Trek TNG