Apparel Costing Manager


Drive the overall optimization of product value (engineered cost) and profitability.


Key Responsibilities

  • Be a key contributor to Creation Centre growth and profitability by gaining a full understanding of its business potential, anticipating requirements and proposing cost-based solutions to achieve Brand adidas objectives
  • In collaboration with Sourcing, Global Planning and Development, contribute to allocation strategies to ensure margin maximization in investigating potential of new sources and trade agreements for assigned global Business Unit
  • Ensure availability of costing performance results for global Business Unit at each key milestone for quantitative assessment to facilitate product value/margin/FOB discussion with cross-functional teams, recommend tactical actions/adjustment in season
  • Act as a consultant partner within the respective Creation Centre team:
  • Provide on demand day to day costing support within the respective Creation Centre
  • Provide technical costing expertise to engineer product to cost and enable design to profitability
  • Strategically manage globally assigned cost drivers and develop an E2E costing framework to enable saving opportunities and ensure cost optimization by creating a fact based and predictable costing environment
  • Develop costing tools and deliver training programs to Marketing, Design and Development to optimize product value and align target and cost and throughout the product creation process
  • Support the definition and the monitoring of product costing performance and costing process performance at the key development stages by setting the framework, the KPIs and the communication process
  • Support development or enhancement of systems and process to ensure costing requirements are met and to improve costing performance


Key Relationships

  • Design, Marketing and Brand Operations – Development, Materials, Pattern Maker
  • LO/OC Merchandising, Technical Services and Costing
  • T1


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of material construction
  • Strong understanding of cost drivers
  • Strong knowledge of production garment construction and manufacturing
  • Expert knowledge of cost driver management within a supplier and the entire supply chain
  • Good understanding of end2end costing/sourcing process
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Understanding of the respective vision and strategy for the brands. Ability to communicate to LO/OC/T1 the vision and strategy as well as success criteria needed from sourcing and T1 teams
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Strong IT skills (MS Office) and ability to work with Product Data Management Systems
  • Domestic and International Travel as required



  1. Four-year college or university degree in clothing technology and/or manufacturing or comparable education
  2. Minimum 3-5 years of costing work experience in garment/textile industry 

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Job Title:  Apparel Costing Manager

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Carlsbad
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  CA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  497465
Date:  May 10, 2023