Manager Materials Sustainability Apparel (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:

Manage and drive processes, procedures and communication with regards to the research and implementation of sustainable materials and materials innovation. Research of alternative natural fibers and/or biobased synthetics that can regrow or be refabricated to support us on our way to a lower the carbon footprint.


Key Responsibilities: 


  • Provide input regarding market trends and opportunities for innovative and sustainable materials, and likely activities of key competitors to cross-functional product creation teams.
  • Create a communication strategy to all stakeholders to ensure transparency about projects.
  • Ensure a smooth implementation of new processes (where applicable) by managing roll-out and trainings within the context of the project.
  • Communicate and train cross-functional teams on research and development findings and opportunities.
  • Provide technical and commercial advise and consult the x-functional teams regarding innovative and sustainable materials and processes.
  • Ensure all legal requirements (e. g. for new materials, suppliers, external organizations, etc.) are covered and consult legal department where needed.



  • Steer the prioritization and implementation process with cross-functional product creation teams.
  • Collaborate with the adidas Future team in order to support brand concepts, innovation platforms and the alignment of the roadmaps of Future and material innovation inline.
  • Evaluate new technologies, pull in experts where needed (Social and Environmental Affairs, Global Operations – Sustainability, Future etc.) to identify consumer benefits and relevance for brand concepts. 
  • Act as a material innovation consultant on a global adidas brand level.
  • Lead the research and development efforts for innovative sustainable technologies in close collaboration with sourcing and key suppliers
  • Implement the strategy and initiatives related to the environmental company strategy from an apparel materials perspective by creating business cases / documentation / presentations and managing projects
  • Represent adidas at environmental materials related conferences and manage the relationship with external organizations and business partners
  • Represent the team in x-functional/divisional environmental projects 
  • Act as a consultant in environmental materials topics.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Expertise chemical engineering or natural fiber
  • Good to excellent know-how in textile industry
  • Expert knowledge about manufacturing process, fabrics, mechanical and chemical treatments and the associated cost structure
  • Ability to effectively communicate (both written and verbal) and to lead discussions in small and larger groups  
  • Ability to create, plan and effectively deliver presentations in formal and informal settings
  • Ability to cope with change, make decisions and act comfortably with risk and uncertainty
  • Ability to clearly articulate goals and objectives to direct reports and senior management
  • Ability to travel, domestic and international as required by business needs. 
  • Fluent English (verbal and written)
  • Strong IT skills (MS office)


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Master’s degree or PhD in Sustainable Materials or related Sustainability discipline or comparable degree/education 
  2. Minimum of 8 years work experience in sustainability roles with emphasis on the textiles industry


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Job Title:  Manager Materials Sustainability Apparel (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  358591
Date:  Jun 9, 2022