Senior Computational Designer - Digital Technologies

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


Drives the development, research and application of critical new innovation technologies into relevant categories as the business requires. This person will focus on footwear technologies related to 3D Printing, Computational Design and Engineering, and 3D modeling. They will act as a bridge between the Innovation teams (including design, sport science, and engineering) and the product development teams throughout the business, ensuring proper use, application and understanding of our most recent technologies.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Creates digital models using Rhino, Grasshopper, and proprietary modeling tools for use in additive manufacturing and visualization.
  • Partners closely with Innovation and Digital Technologies teams to establish norms and standard procedures around the use of new manufacturing technologies (e.g. 3D Printing)
  • Researches, evaluates and benchmarks innovative 3D applications/technologies in their area of responsibility (e.g. footwear) and aligns the related findings with the Digital Technologies Leadership
  • Work alongside IT to communicate user requirements to internal and external software development teams, ensuring tools are accessible and usable by intended audience
  • Develops and maintains documentation of new processes to help provide clear product creation workflows within adidas
  • Create and deliver training and online documentation using Sharepoint, recorded video tutorials, and live training sessions
  • Sets strategy for technical trainings for Project Management, Design, Marketing, Factory Liason Offices and vendors to ensure all involved teams can work effectively with newly implemented and existing applications
  • Provides technology expertise to Technical Manager - Digital Technologies and levels below
  • May manage a small team of Technical Managers and levels below
  • Translates complicated technological facts into business opportunities
  • Continuously develops their expertise by visiting fairs, conferences, and building networks with external technology experts
  • Develops innovative improvement strategies & helps to define process visions supported by 3D technology
  • Uses their product creation knowledge to initiate and drive implementation of business relevant 3D technology and manufacturing innovations
  • Communicates and presents 3D technology opportunities to secure buy in from business stakeholders
  • Supports budget allocation decisions by influencing prioritization of technology innovations according to business benefits
  • Identifies and addresses opportunities for intellectual property safeguarding and supports IP safeguarding implementation
  • Earns reputation and recognition as an expert for relevant 3D applications for footwear within adidas


Key Relationships:


  • Innovation Team
  • Sample Studio and Prototyping
  • Testing and Concept Excellence
  • Design
  • Development
  • Sourcing
  • Global IT
  • External partners (e.g. software vendors)


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Expert software knowledge/skills (Rhino, Grasshopper, other CAD Software, relevant 3D Printing or digital fabrication tools)
  • 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Expertise strongly encouraged
  • Programming Knowledge is a plus (Python, C#)
  • Ability to quickly learn and translate complex technical details into business relevant facts
  • Robust product creation & virtualization process knowledge (footwear knowledge is a plus)
  • Experience taking product from concept to consumer
  • General affinity for IT systems & workflows (Jira or related software a plus)
  • Advanced presentation and graphics skills
  • Fluent English and Clear Communication


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • Advanced University Degree or comparable education in industrial design, mechanical engineering, multimedia art, architecture, product design or simliar
  • Minimum of 6 years related work experience
  • Management skills & experience preferred

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:  Senior Computational Designer - Digital Technologies

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  371193
Date:  Nov 10, 2021