Product Developer Footwear Innovation (m/f/d) // Advanced Creation

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:


We’ll never launch a product unless we consider it perfect. Our product development teams create every shirt, every shoe and every piece of equipment for thousands of athletes and fashion lovers as if it was one of a kind. And it truly is, as they weave their passion into every single product. But translating designs, drawings and renderings into real products requires a lot of decision making.

As Product Developer Footwear - Innovation you will work ahead of the Inline product creation calendar (~ 22-46 months out) to (1) effectively manage the transition of future-led revolutionary innovations to commercial readiness ahead of competition and/or (2) to drive evolutionary innovations, based on consumer and category needs to commercial readiness, e.g., to ensure ongoing freshness and innovation updates (on product/process/profitability) between big revolutionary product introductions. You will work in cross-functional project teams with team members of different Brand teams (Future, Design, Marketing, and Creative Direction) and – depending on innovation project and staffing – with horizontal Advanced Operations experts as well as external partners.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the inception of new and/or innovative designs, components, processes, materials, and concepts into a manufacturable and marketable finished product
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional team members of different Brand teams (Design, Marketing & Creative Direction)
  • Support the definition and enhancement of test parameters / standards required to evaluate and measure the performance & functionality of the concepts
  • Ensure that all materials, components as well as finished goods are tested and adhere to adidas performance/quality standards (material, component, FGT, Fit&Wear/Biomechanical, safety, A01 requirements). Escalate quality exceptions with senior management as needed
  • Collaborate with horizontal Advanced Ops and other vertical advanced teams to share knowledge
  • Manage tech pack handover to supply base to ensure that all information provided is complete. Drive product revision rounds with cross-functional team after supply base feedback and ensure overall tasks and timelines are adhered to.
  • For FUTURE led innovations:
    • Validate innovation readiness level for revolutionary innovations and support the definition of the hand over criteria
    • Manage transition of FUTURE led innovations to commercial readiness ahead of competition
    • Provide dedicated development capacity and technical capabilities (e.g., CAD, sampling)
    • Identify and propose creation options to manage cost towards aspired level
    • Identify, assess, select, and develop most suitable suppliers (in cooperation with Sourcing)
    • Ensure scalability (e.g., machine capacity) and coordinate supplier ramp-up
  • For Product Operations led innovations:
    • Research, develop and commercialize Product Operations led innovations which ensure ongoing freshness between big FUTURE led product introductions
    • Apply legal requirements, i.e. IP rights or NDA, are established
    • Continuously improve on cost, quality, speed, and sustainability
    • Ensure scalability (e.g., machine capacity) and coordinate supplier ramp-up
    • Take-up supplier ideas and funnel into overall innovation process (involve Future as required)


Key Relationships:

  • Innovation (Marketing & Design)
  • BU Marketing & Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Brand Strategy
  • Horizontal Concept
  • Advanced Creation Materials
  • Advanced Creation Technologies
  • Advanced Creation Testing
  • Advanced Creation Innovation Management
  • Innovation
  • Inline Development
  • Supply partners
  • Costing Department
  • Sourcing
  • External Suppliers
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Legal


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to show a creative mindset
  • Project management skills
  • Communication and negotiation skills
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken), German is an advantage
  • Travel, domestic and international as required by business needs
  • Engineering and technical experience
  • Knowledge of wear and physical product testing
  • Product creation understanding and knowledge of key creation processes (e.g. constructions, patterns, technology, manufacturing, materials etc.)
  • IT skills (MS office) and ability to work with Product Data Management (PDM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) Systems
  • Understanding of costing principles
  • Proven record of accomplishment in the field of apparel/ footwear development
  • Exposure to the latest in materials, components, processes, and concepts
  • Experience in project-based work


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four-year college or university degree with emphasis on engineering and/or manufacturing and/or apparel/ footwear technology
  • Minimum 3+ years of progressive work experience in the athletic apparel/ footwear industry, specializing in product development


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:  Product Developer Footwear Innovation (m/f/d) // Advanced Creation

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  509164
Date:  Apr 18, 2024