Manager, Footwear Developer

As part of Product Operations team, you will need to display an entrepreneurial spirit balanced with an impressive attention to detail.   You are asked to extend to unfamiliar areas and consistently look for a superior way to design and create the products for athletes of the fitness generation.


The Manager, Footwear Development will initiate and manage product initiatives which drive brand competitiveness through product and technology leadership.  This individual will be responsible for effective execution and co-ordination of projects and activities within the Classics team’s objectives with a primary focus on engineering and development of best in class footwear products.

Key Responsibilities

Project Management:

Manage the project loads and process of multiple quarters simultaneously

Identify potential problems early and establish clear plans to correct

Plan and co-ordinate short, mid and long-term projects and development plans

Develop creative and practical solutions to deliver products with speed

Optimize engineering constructions and materials to maximize fit, function, and comfort, while minimizing cost

Effectively manage systems, including PDM, to track product lifecycle and deliver to market on or ahead of schedule.

Effectively manage costs to achieve margin targets and deliver profitability.

Successfully commercialize product lines for on time manufacturing

Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions.  Ability to apply technical knowledge to product development. Ability to demonstrate a sense of style, creativity and color to work with designer in accomplishing a point of view.

Ability to effectively interact with different departments, Liaison Offices and with manufacturing partners via phone, written communication and in person.

Ability to analyze complex problems and to provide customized solutions

Ability to create plans and deliver presentations.

Effective communication and negotiation skills


Communicate both up and down within the organization in a manner that allows complete alignment and execution of Product creation process goals and objectives

Establish alliances with key manufacturers, research facilities, and development partners

Communicate product briefs to the appropriate teams, including Far East (FE) Development Centers and/or outside consultants and contractors

Drive the category product review meetings focusing on product enhancement

Clear communication of Development package to FE (key product attributes, consumer benefits)

Work with Research to identify Fit & Wear testing needs early to allow for proper wear testing

Work with the FE to proactively schedule commercialization Tech meetings and samples for wear testing

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Has a feel for styling, product cosmetics and who the target consumer is, in turn, helping to drive the direction of the overall product direction (Product Eye)

Work well in teams, in the effective management of efforts to support product goals (Research, Engineering, Design) ·
Strong interpersonal and communication skills for both local and global discussions regarding product engineering and project management

Ability to work with all levels of management and have good judgement in the application of established problem solving to complex issues related to define manufacturing criteria.

Ability to understand Reebok business objectives and make decisions to meet them

Must have the ability to interpret data results and make decisions about how to progress concepts to confirmation.

Must be capable of understanding costs of manufacturing and componentry from various methods (including all types of molding, stitching, and assembly techniques) 


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

Four-year college or university degree.

3-5 years related work experience in the athletic footwear industry, specializing in product development or operations, design and/or marketing. 

2+ years’ experience in project management with both internal and external teams·
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Industrial Design, Manufacturing or a related field preferred

International travel required as requested

Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree.

Passion and interest in lifestyle fashion and fitness related activities

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Manager, Footwear Developer

Brand:  Reebok
Location:  Boston
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  MA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  211773