Manager Materials Engineering PFRP NextStep - temp until 31.08.28 (m/f/d)

Manager Materials Engineering



Do you have the ambition to go ‘all in’ and apply your skills towards innovating high-performance sports product?  Can you drive cross functional projects by employing excellent organisational skills and attention to detail?   Do you want to help shape the future of sport by helping to shape the way we make product? Are you interested in providing the consumers of the future a new way to experience the adidas brand through your technical expertise?  Have you ever dreamed about applying your potential to create high level sport products for yourself, for your friends, or the world’s top athletes?


The adidas INNOVATION team is currently looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals wanting to join us as we revolutionise the industry. Through an exciting new brand initiative we want to hire the best talents to join our high performing team in our effort to disrupt the way we manufacture, develop and communicate our product. The adidas INNOVATION team is a collaborative group of dedicated teams focused on footwear, apparel, hardware and manufacturing projects, driven to create the best for the athlete. As a INNOVATION team member you will become an active player in the adidas brand and will experience a unique opportunity to apply your competence towards advanced company projects.





Rubbers are used for outsoles in many of our products such as hiking and climbing shoes. The material has a big impact on our carbon footprint. So far there is no scaled –up alternative which is full-filling adidas high quality standards. In this role you will be the main contact point between the research partners, and adidas stakeholders and drive the transfer from research results to new product concepts.





  • Evaluate materials and components created with new processes and production technologies within a funded research project
  • Support internal technical teams with analysis aimed at creating a detailed knowledge base of properties essential for functional performance
  • Align research and development efforts with product or component requirements, ensuring new materials meet functional performance targets
  • Perform failure analysis and root cause analysis on materials, components and processes leading to product failures
  • Use materials science expertise to ensure smooth integration of new materials from prototyping phases into full-scale production
  • Interaction and management of project from adidas point of view




  • Educate and train colleagues by sharing knowledge on an on-going basis
  • Prepare concept and results-based reports and presentations, sharing them with the funding body of the research project
  • Stay connected to relevant current and upcoming research, technologies, methods, and industry trends.  Build an effective information network
  • Identify and partner with industry-leading organizations to extend the capability of the team
  • Consider legal implications of innovative concepts, working with the legal team to protect product, technology, innovation, process, and design





  • Curiosity for science and engineering along with a passion for making insights in the field of sport
  • Curiosity for linking business needs with sustainability challenges
  • Ideally experience in working in publicly funded research projects
  • Fluent English
  • Communicate and negotiate skilfully
  • Cooperate well, develop and maintain relationships
  • Work independently as well as part of a team
  • Plan working time efficiently, balancing short term tasks with long term goals
  • Strong analytical skills, solution driven and result oriented
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally




  • University degree in a relevant engineering field, like elastomers and/or green chemistry.
  • 3 years of working experiences - advantageous is working with elastomers or footwear



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 Materials Engineering PFRP NextStep - temp until 31.08.28 (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Temp
Number:  509547
Date:  May 19, 2024