Manager Sustainability Concepts App (m/f/d)




adidas Innovation is tasked with generating industry changing Concepts that provide long-term value to the adidas brand. As a part of this team the Sustainability Concepts team is  tasked with orchestrating Footwear and Apparel concepts that look to enhance the health of the people as well as the health of the planet. The purpose of the role is to creatively orchestrate Apparel concepts using a collaborative approach and a goal oriented mindset successfully generating Apparel Concepts and Platforms that build Brand value




  • Manage innovation concepts from initial conception through to delivery to the adidas brand
  • Collaborate with, and coordinate, cross-functional Innovation project teams of designers, sports scientists, engineers, manufacturing technologists and sourcing to ensure consistency of purpose based on consumer insights for Innovation/Brand concept work
  • Help formulate innovation opportunity spaces by connecting insight from sports culture, macro trend foresight, athlete insight and emerging technology
  • To be attentive to, and focus, the Apparel Innovation Team’s resources and deliverables according to Brand and Innovation strategy.
  • To help translate research and consumer insights from initial ideas into credible solutions, realizing tangible functional Apparel concepts with a projection for scaling and horizontal implementation
  • Collaborate with downstream business and operational stakeholders to integrate concepts into the brand
  • To nurture the culture of the Innovation Team by being an example of positive attitude, setting an exemplary standard of engagement and passion, and demonstrating a strong innovation mindset.


  • Innovation Design, Engineering, Technology, Foresight and Athlete Science Teams
  • Innovation Sourcing, Advanced Creation, Legal, Brand Strategy, BU Teams,
  • External Suppliers, Consultants and Partners



  • Ability to effectively collaborate with all levels within the organization by building relationships with colleagues, partners and customers.
  • The ability to seek out and gain genuine and relevant consumer insights.
  • The ability to interpret Consumer Insights and translate them into emotionally connected 10X Footwear Brand Platform opportunities.
  • Creative, technical problem-solving mindset.
  • Systematic, organized approach to project planning, documentation and organization.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priority projects proactively and independently.
  • Identify and partner with industry-leading organizations to extend the capability of the team
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal and external resources to drive successful outcomes for innovation projects, platform and initiatives.
  • The ability to confidently present information in an inspiring and influential manner to large groups of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds.
  • Sporting goods industry expertise and consumer trend knowledge (plus)
  • Some functional/technical expertise in footwear product.
  • Demonstrate traits of self-reliance, pro-activity, ownership and urgency.
  • Travel as needed with team members and colleagues to the USA as well as travel to solve design and development problems at factories and Asia development centres
  • Fluent in English (German is a plus)



  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in an Engineering, Sport Performance, Product Development or a relevant discipline.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for degree.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive experience in innovative Product / Apparel/ Footwear / Advanced Product
  • Proficient Computer skills on Mac or PC.



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Job Title:  Manager Sustainability Concepts App (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Research & Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  381548
Date:  Nov 19, 2021