Manager Digital Development Apparel Graphics f. Sportswear & Training (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

Implement company’s strategic business and systems direction into digital through product creation and technical infrastructure for apparel 3D within adidas.


Manage the product operations process for assigned styles from seasonal kick off through to commercialization. Collaborate with internal teams and suppliers to provide effective transition from brief/design through to development “buy-ready” commercialisation, on time, within the agreed margin parameter and at the required quality standards.


Manage product operations process for selected digital ranges at adidas transition into 100% digital creation end2end. Drive process, methodologies and technical information in collaboration with Marketing, Design MDA and T1 to ensure the completion of sampling and production of apparel through Digital software.



Key Responsibilities

  • Achieve Buy ready’s according to milestones on time to achieve KPIs
  • Engineering design concepts into the format of Clo file content of patterns and fit, garment workmanship and print or AOP execution for T1. To increase the speed and efficiency of processes by eliminating non-value adding steps and try to execute “Right the First Time”
  • Support the apparel team with technical solutions by analyzing designs for manufacturability, production and material properties, offering economic and efficient solutions to achieve cost targets.
  • Collaborate with Sourcing to enable them to execute product demands and ensure construction meets adidas quality standards through 2D and/or 3D technical packs.
  • Mentor new employees in technical product development by teaching them about adidas specific technical standards, processes and systems related to the Tech Pack creation
  • Able to evaluate work processes and calendars for future improvements in close communication with Product Development, Pattern, MDI, Marketing, Design & T1.
  • Ensure target price and product designs are aligned through predictive costing. Review, validate and approve T1 costing information throughout the entire creation process. Ensure compliance to agreed standards. Negotiate with T1 as needed.
  • Ensure that all materials and accessories as well as prototypes are tested and adhere to adidas quality, safety and A01 standards. Manage quality exceptions with senior management as needed
  • Ensure full conformity to published policies to ensure a final legal AD for final product.
  • Researches innovation from market or supply chain as far as garment construction, pattern/fit, embellishment, trims. Work cross functionally with BOPS teams, Sourcing and T1/T2 to implement into product creation


Key Relationships

  • Product Operations – Development, Materials, Costing. Pattern Maker, Testing, quality
  • Digital Creators
  • Marketing and Design
  • T1 -Merchandising and Patternmaking
  • LO/OC Merchandising, Technical Services and Costing


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced IT skills Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop (MS packages) and ability to work with Product Data Management Systems
  • Proficient knowledge of pattern creation and grading, the pattern/CAD creation software
  • Advanced competence of virtual creation / 3D preferably CLO. With Strong visual skills and the ability to transfer into a readable digital file that a factory can produce a garment from.
  • Strong Knowledge of material construction and related testing
  • Confident in all aspects of production, garment construction and manufacturing
  • Ability to work independently under minimal guidance on several projects simultaneously while adhering to a specified deadline
  • Ability to effectively present information and trainings in one-on-one and large group situations to vendors, designers, and other employees of the organization
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed (One overseas trip per season on average)


Requisite Education and Qualifications

  • College or University degree in Technical Design, Clothing technology, Clothing technology /Manufacturing or comparable education
  • Minimum 2-4 years of work experience in Garment Industry 
  • Experience with the entire product lifecycle process (project scope and time planning, development steps, production/execution of entire collections / ranges)
  • Professional and proficient English, verbal and written

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Job Title:  Manager Digital Development Apparel Graphics f. Sportswear & Training (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  449692
Date:  Jul 1, 2022