Manager Knit Development (parental leave cover until 30.04.2022) (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:


This role is responsible for business service and process related product creation and providing effective transition of knit designs from prototyping to production. Maintaining strong relationships with the internal business units, adidas sourcing organization, vendors and other internal / external customers related to knitting technologies and business processes ensures aligned communication and allocation of products. Part of this role is to stay ahead on complex and innovative knit designs, technologies and work processes in regards of the physical or digital product creation process.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Ensure that new knit projects are engineered to cost, profitability targets, visual & functional demands, meet quality and test requirements.
  • Prototyping and implementation of new & innovative knit designs, components, knitting methods, yarns and concepts into a manufacturable and marketable finished product
  • Ensure that all knit components are fully tested to ensure adherence to Adidas quality and legal standards
  • Take ownership for the assigned business customer service and products or concepts with an emphasis on quality product development and timely completion of tasks in accordance with the applicable operating calendar
  • Document achievements, trials, research and be able to train or educate others as required in a peer to peer or training workshop type environment
  • Translate designs into technical communication packages utilizing yarns, machine and post processing knowledge to achieve the functional or visual goal requested
  • Be able to translate complex knit technical matters into simple understandable explanations to enable efficient and fast decision making for customers
  • Collaborate with knitting suppliers to stay updated, further develop or optimize and improve service or process efficiencies or productivity gains for this technology
  • Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with product owning business units and involved other organizations within the company (i.e. Materials, Design, Innovation, Sourcing or external T2 Suppliers)
  • Support allocation communication alignment for business customers related to knit product
  • Support and guide Designers, Developers and other involved project team members in the product creation teams in all aspects of knit development or techniques
  • Use state of the art communication tools to interact and collaborate with other stakeholders or peers to achieve set goals.
  • As conflicts and escalations arise within knit projects, identify solutions and propose these to the involved business customer
  • Ensure legal guidelines in regards to knit technologies are understood, followed and constantly kept up to date within assigned business customer service area

Key Relationships:


  • Design, Inline Development, Pattern Engineering, Innovation Department, Materials Development, Supply, Quality, Costing, Product Creation Department, Logistics, Sourcing Organization, Marketing, T2 , T3, etc.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Extensive experience to work on several projects simultaneously
  • Proactive (engaging & impact oriented) mindset, ability to think end to end
  • Experience to manage complex projects on a global level
  • Extensive experience with business or customer service
  • Strong management and prioritization of projects in an effective, timely and technical goal-oriented manner
  • Technical training in footwear or apparel engineering and product development; industry experience
  • State of the art computer literacy (Digital communication and documentation)
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Fluent English language skills, German beneficial
  • Exposure to the latest in materials, components, processes and concepts
  • Able to network within company throughout various functions
  • Ability to frequently travel, domestic or international, as required


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • University degree in knitwear design or equivalent
  • Proven record of accomplishment in the field of footwear/apparel development preferred
  • 5 years minimum related work experience in the footwear/apparel industry or knitting related field and/or other footwear/apparel technologies

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 Knit Development (parental leave cover until 30.04.2022) (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Limited Duration
Number:  300191
Date:  Apr 11, 2021