Senior 3D Designer Innovation (m/f/d)

Focus Area of Contribution & Strategic Relevance:

Digital Creation E2E is a strategic board program under the digital umbrella building the must-have adidas creation infrastructure of the future. Focus is to digitize the end-to-end creation-to-shelf value chain, covering marketing, creation, sourcing (supplier integration) and sell-in.

It is an integral part of adidas strategy “Own the game” with the clear focus to drive engagement, speed, and efficiencies.



Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

This is a key in-house position for an organized, passionate and goal-oriented future technology thought leader who is able to serve as an innovator for designers’ technological needs along IT and Digital Creation E2E

  • Support on the strategy for developing innovative & sustainable design technology solutions along clearly defined priorities and business needs
  • Research technology and start-up landscape as requested, x-industries to provide innovative solutions and impulses that will benefits Digital Creation E2E processes along consumer engagement, closer to market & digital collaboration
  • Advise the business functions on prioritization and the measurable outcomes of projects for Digital Creation E2E
  • Support DC E2E Design Operations Team with the implementation process of new tools and technologies
  • Ensure fit of new technologies/tools/solutions within existing & future process/system landscape in close alignment with Digital Creation Architect, as the demands of the business change


Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide innovative technologies to facilitate creativity in the adoption of new design methods and processes incl. briefing in new technologies & testing for suitability of business use
  • Research and drive development of further product and process innovation areas & techniques as requested with positive impact on business results, support the consolidation and reporting on a quarterly basis and integration within DC E2E epic planning.
  • Work proactively with the Design Operations and MVP leads on current process & tool gaps, escalating to Director Prototype Creator to create execution priority list.
  • Support iterative user involvement across adidas, during tool development to ensure seamless implementation.
  • Ensure usability and implementation of newly developed technologies and tools through E2E integrated & comprehensive testing across process & system landscape in close alignment with key stakeholders along ramp up and maturity
  • Act as ambassador for the adoption of DC E2E tools within design and across all divisions to ensure sustainability to deliver DC E2E targets within the business timelines needed
  • Manage relationship with tool vendors (e.g. CLO 3D, The Foundry, Blender, 4D Pipeline, Accenture, Rhinoceros, and others) to foster joint innovations e.g., API negotiations, license fees etc.
  • Support the execution of tool and vendor assessments & contests for profound decision making with regards to new tools, together with designated product owners and in close alignment with Digital Director Architect and relevant stakeholders in IT


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Soft skills:

  • Creative and solution oriented mind-set with an E2E perspective within complex and dynamic project set-up
  • Strong planning and analytical skills
  • Decisive, taking ownership and leadership appearance
  • Excellent communication, presentation, influencing and story-telling skills
  • Experience in working with creative design teams across both Apparel & Footwear
  • Experience in working with IT in a highly technological, innovative environment



Hard skills:

  • Strong business acumen in design tools, technology and IT
  • Profound relevant Digital Creation knowledge in a variety of tools and experience with key vendors (e.g. CLO 3D, The Foundry, Blender, 4D Pipeline, Accenture, Rhinoceros, and others)
  • Expertise in comprehensive tool testing and collaboration with IT
  • Organizational skills to manage agile tool development
  • Proven track record of successfully managing portfolio of ongoing tool developments within dynamic set up, clearly demonstrating achievements against the business needs
  • Advanced understanding of business processes, methodologies, and principles within adidas Apparel and Footwear


People management skills:

  • Track record of steering and effectively influencing business and IT needs
  • Foster close collaboration with and beyond team in which 3Cs (creativity, collaboration & confidence) are lived daily demonstrating an innovative and can-do attitude
  • Ambassadorship for Digital Creation E2E and its technologies and tools across


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Between 4 - 6 years of relevant work experience in digital transformation environment with focus on tool innovation
  • Within which 1-2 years proven track record of experience in digital transformation focusing on innovative 3D Design tool development for Digital Creation E2E within Apparel and Footwear industries
  • Profound experience in working in agile set-up and relevant mind-set
  • Advanced tool development, prototyping and testing skills
  • University degree





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Job Title:  Senior 3D Designer Innovation (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  326492
Date:  Jun 10, 2021