Senior Manager Laboratory Standards (temp until Sep 30, 2022) (m/f/d) - Advanced Creation


This role contributes to adidas’ mission to be the best sports company in the world by ensuring industry leading lab testing standards, processes and systems are implemented and maintained on a global level for all divisions to support an end-to-end quality approach for all product types from creation to production.


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Drive in collaboration with the Lab & Compliance excellence team x-divisional lab testing standards setting and harmonization covering all divisions and product types when it comes to material/component and product lab testing
  • Drive in collaboration with Lab & Compliance excellence the evolvement of existing physical standards/methods across divisions and ensure testing requirements are in line with future business and consumer requirements taking in consideration e.g., new technologies and consumer feedback
  • Create synergies and alignments across divisions where appropriate
  • Define and maintain a material and product lab testing database and structure for system implementation (e.g., adidas Testing Portal)
  • Drive “testing on purpose” – a fact-based complexity (quantity) reduction in testing using e.g., Consumer feedback, DR-& Claim data in collaboration with other Advanced Creation Testing &Quality functions
  • Evolve and maintain relationships with external testing locations and institutes
  • Decide on limited release and support factory disclaimer for material and products
  • Collaborate with Laboratory Excellence team on research and assessment of equipment as well as the creation and evaluation of new or existing test standards
  • Maintain and update adidas Testing Portal according to user feedbacks and business needs
  • Key contact for division specific system related questions and follow-up


People and Process Management

  • Lead & actively manage a cross-divisional team of product & material standard experts
  • Allocate/delegate the different projects, assign individual responsibility
  • Educate team members for high quality awareness to meet end consumer needs
  • Lead the team through effective motivation, training, coaching and development of direct reports
  • Provide direction to team members as needed on day-to-day issues
  • Ensure E2E quality governance in terms of physical testing in close cooperation with lab execution, Advanced Creation functions, POPS Divisions and Sourcing
  • Implement and drive smooth process(es) for the roll-out of standards, procedures and testing matrices to all stakeholders as well as a transparent system-based tracking to enable prioritization
  • Ensure an efficient internal communication and working process
  • Lead by example to ensure close collaboration within AC-T&Q


Key relationships:

  • Advanced Creation functions, Adidas Innovation
  • POPS BU’s and divisions
  • External Partners (i.e. T1, T2, T3, labs, Testing institutes)
  • Sourcing, Adidas China
  • IT, PMO


Knowledge, skills and experience:

  • Strong communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Expert knowledge of material / product testing
  • Understanding of manufacturing processes (T1/T2)
  • Excellent understanding of system- and process logic
  • Strong interpersonal skills, great ability to influence and collaborate  
  • Advanced Computer literacy and excellent analytical skills
  • Fluent in English, ideally advanced German
  • Ability to work independently and thinking further about improvements



  • 4- year College/University degree with focus on Textile or Footwear engineering or equivalent background
  • Min. 7-8 years of progressive working experience in Apparel/Footwear industry (laboratory or manufacturing)
  • Min. 3 years of experience leading a team



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 Manager Laboratory Standards (temp until Sep 30, 2022) (m/f/d) - Advanced Creation

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Limited Duration
Number:  444695
Date:  Jun 4, 2022