Manager Development & Tooling Footwear - Statement/Luxury (m/f/d)


Management of the footwear product development process for category in support of adidas’ Business Units (Marketing). Provide effective transition of footwear designs from the prototyping stage through commercialization and into production. Manage essential technical information which is required for the footwear development process.  Support an effective transition of footwear designs from prototyping into production by steering, monitoring and guiding the creation of technical information in collaboration with key relationships, key Tier 1 supply partners and when applicable sourcing teams. 


Key Responsibilities

Product Development

  • Take accountability for the entire development management process for assigned category, with an emphasis on quality product engineering and timely completion of all tasks in accordance with the corporate operating calendar 
  • Ensure that new projects are engineered in accordance with cost targets and secure initial FOB cost quotes and follow-up price adjustments
  • Support the Development Management team on all mould making and injection part developments
  • Prototyping, engineering and implementation of new & innovative footwear designs, components, processes, materials and concepts into a manufacturable and marketable finished product 
  • Ensure that all materials, processes, prototypes and development samples are fully tested to ensure adherence to adidas’s quality standards 
  • Engineer workable prototypes which address desired function, cosmetics, market appeal and manufacturability 
  • Frequent travel to Liaison offices in Asia and Europe to support follow-up activities necessary in the product creation process 
  • Numerous organizational tasks and communications responsibilities including Sample Request Form completion; use Product Data Management System (PDM) e.g. create and update Bill of Materials; Management of Colourway Activation process; e-mail, phone & fax communication world-wide and all related organizational requirements 
  • Work closely with Business Units, Materials Research, Product Testing, and offshore Development in managing designated projects to a successful product introduction
  • Work with Marketing, Development, Design and Advanced Development developing and commercializing finished product which supports the Business Units’ strategy for seasonal product introductions
  • Use the competence and experience in engineering and simulating to drive engineering related projects aimed to team needs in order to avoid failure, increase performance of components and products. Identify and clarify product parameters that effect performance. Engineer new innovated components for performance functionality. Evaluate concept and design options for functionality beyond visual aesthetics.


  • Support the conversion of design information into a confirmed set of technical data required for the prototyping of uppers, technical components and bottom components.
  • Do this by either organizing or supervising the creation of technical information in collaboration with Tier 1 resources and if applicable adidas employees at the operational centers.
  • Act as a consultant to the cross functional Product Teams by analyzing designs for manufacturability, production efficiencies, potential functional or quality issues and costing issues and offer alternative, economic and efficient solutions.
  • Conduct tear down meetings at all key development milestones (i.e., with Product testing, Project Managers) to ensure that each shoe is engineered and constructed to meet adidas quality standards, functional requirements and potential cost opportunities are identified.
  • Help to mentor new employees in technical product development by teaching them about adidas specific technical standards, processes and systems related to the Tech Package creation.
  • Offer technical solutions to the product team taking into consideration functional requirements of products, adidas quality standards, target costs and manufacturing constraints.
  • Increase the speed and efficiency of processes by eliminating non value adding steps and try to execute “Right the First Time”.
  • Document the lifecycle stages of CAD data for uppers and tooling’s throughout the development process.
  • Continuously increase your knowledge regarding latest technological trends in CAD systems and processes and Footwear manufacturing.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to understand 2D images in 3D
  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power-Point / e-mail management)
  • Presentation skills
  • Fluent English; German an advantage 
  • Ideally would be a technical training in footwear engineering and product development and also knowledge of sourcing
  • Knowledge about mold making and shoe making process preferred


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:  

  1. Four-year college or university degree or comparable education in mechanical engineering, mould making or a related field
  2. At least 3 years related work experience in the footwear industry, specializing in product engineering, design and / or marketing. Proven record of accomplishment in the field of footwear engineering. 
  3. Progressive work experience in CAD. Rhino preferred, other 2D-3D CAD applications, Crispin for Pattern engineering.
  4. Project management experience
  5. Strong experience in using and understanding CAE & CAD tools
  6. Experience in product development, ideally in related industry

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Job Title:  Manager Development & Tooling Footwear - Statement/Luxury (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  345268
Date:  Aug 28, 2021