Senior Designer FTW Materials Creative Direction (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization: 


Design and leading other in innovating executions of Footwear and/or Apparel Materials. Focused on being an expert and industry leading specialist. 


Key responsibilities:  


Creative Direction 

Continuously aware of and guides expertise/specialization on information needed to design athlete and brand relevant product.  Should include all possible sources to gain this information: 

  • Trade fairs, cultural events, and sporting events, athlete insights 
  • Trade publications, general interest press, trend services, fashion and sportswear magazines and websites 
  • Store checks, market visits, and team travel as provided 
  • Industry news in Material innovation and manufacturing 


Is a key stake holder in driving Creative Direction seasonal and long-term design direction within the following topics: 

  • Apparel, Accessories, and Footwear Materials
  • Knits, Wovens, Leathers/Synthetic Leather, Nonwovens, Finishes, and Trims
  • Incorporating Graphics/Print, Color, and Branding Direction
  • Application onto Footwear and Apparel Silhouettes (Accessories if relevant).


Is a key stake holder in driving aforementioned design direction by, but not limited to: 

  • Contribute in trend forecasting material content relevant to our consumer and brand 
  • Contribute in providing technical advanced Material ideation and concepts using functional insights and a strong aesthetic eye 


Works closely with various internal and external partners. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Collaboration and critiquing within Creative Direction’s Color, Material, and Graphics teams 
  • Collaboration and clear communication required with suppliers and development 
  • Collaboration and information sharing with cross-functional partners 
  • Leads as a conduit to all cross-functional partners
  • Works closely with Business Units to collect input and feedback 
  • Communication and collaboration with Advanced Design and Futures to share concepts and ideation 
  • Works closely with Advanced Creation and Development to assist in development of process, manufacturing, and costing 
  • Assists in communicating inspiration and storytelling to Design and Marketing 
  • Works closely with Testing to ensure quality 
  • Acts as a brand ambassador between all functions looking for opportunities to connect direction, product, and people 
  • Sets a leading example within the team and mentors others 
  • Viewed within the team as an expert in their field 


Builds top-line strategy into material concepts. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Leads as a specialist expert in creating holistic overviews, rollouts, and commercialization of material with cross-functional partners 
  • Continually innovates material concepts to create generations of technology 
  • Inform horizontal material concepts across brand 


Material Execution 

Manages in designing, innovating, and developing Footwear and/or Apparel Material for Creative Direction with input from cross-functional partners. This includes but is not limited to: 

  • Seasonal prep and research stated above 
  • Design technical and innovative materials with attention to look, feel, and function 
  • Create material innovations with consideration of sustainability and efficiencies  
  • Creates design presentations; both physical and digital 
  • Exploratory process to reach final solution 
  • Creates Material drawings and tech packs 
  • Has experienced knowledge and a higher understanding of product, construction, and the business 
  • Travel worldwide for development trips


Cross-functional partners. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Future
  • Advanced Concepts
  • Advanced Creation
  • Strategy
  • Brand Horizontal Concepts
  • BUs
  • Creative Direction Color, Graphics / Print & Pattern, and Brand Design



Knowledge, skills and abilities 


Ability and desire to manager others, which includes but is not limited to: 

  • Influencing and leading a team 
  • Productive critiquing and mentoring 
  • Creating a more efficient, creative, and positive working environment 
  • A strong working knowledge of product construction and production 
  • A detailed understanding of the creation process 

Computer Skills 

  • Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop 
  • Power Point/Key Note 
  • Apple Mac Operating system 
  • 3D not required, but beneficial 
  • Ability to understand design concepts and think conceptually 
  • Ability to create designs that innovate function for the athlete’s needs 
  • Ability to operate in a fast pace, ever changing work environment 
  • Works well in a team environment. This position requires employee to engage with many stakeholders, as well as manage various information and relationships 
  • Ability and desire to push themselves, others, and the brand forward 
  • Ability to influence and collaborate with key internal and external business partners 
  • Understanding of brand history and current positioning 
  • Understanding of the adidas inline creation process 
  • Understanding of marketplace (footwear and apparel) in all formats (streetwear/fashion) for our consumer 
  • Understanding of brand and their needs 
  • Strong presentation skills 
  • Strong ability to creatively problem solve


Desire to comprehensively understand technical facets of material. Including but not limited to: 

  • Technical terminology 
  • Machinery 
  • Manufacturing 
  • Costing 
  • Construction 
  • Development process 
  • Testing


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:  


  • Preferably a BSc or MSc in Textiles, Textile Design, Textile Management, or Bachelor Degree in similar design fields 
  • Direct experience in textile, footwear, fashion or and design relevant environment 
  • Thorough knowledge of art and design with clear understanding of visual design or any design related environment  
  • 6 years relevant work experience 
  • Prior management experience  
  • Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree 

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 Designer FTW Materials Creative Direction (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  328388
Date:  Jun 10, 2021