Senior Manager Materials Engineering SPI Footwear


  • Pro-actively develop and validate new Footwear materials and processes, with special focus on the implementation of sustainable materials innovation, which support the brand strategy on sustainability and enable commercial success. Drive materials concept innovation in the respective focus area.
  • Act as the expert of technical innovation from sourcing side and ensure comprehensive transition of material and process application towards a commercial readiness level. 
  • Provide technical expertise to support new material developments, material level testing, full performance validation, process optimization, and infrastructure for relevant sustainable footwear technologies on a global level.



  • Manage Materials Innovation projects from exploration to validation and provide material suggestions for FW products in alignment with adidas brand strategy and roadmap. 
  • Drive the Bottom Platforms innovation roadmap in alignment with HQ and Sourcing counterparts, efficiently delivering new horizontal bottom solutions for new concepts .
  • Establish effective relationships with HQ Innovation, AC Materials, as well as Sourcing Chemical Engineering teams to identify new material standards and requirements.
  • Manage and provide innovation project tracking and regular reporting of status updates to internal stakeholders.  
  • Build credibility through high quality execution & follow-through.
  • Stay up-to-date with relevant market developments & trends & encourage others to do the same.
  • Collaborate with Materials Technology Incubation team to identify new machinery requirements and provide analytic data and proof for a potential concept roll out.   
  • Communicate and established relationships and contacts between relevant T2 and T3, especially for newly onboarding suppliers.  
  • Turn ideas into action & ensure proper scrutiny & validation of new concepts.
  • Work closely with T2/T3’s on their internal QA requirements in order to drive upscaling capabilities while providing the right level of product consistency.
  • Provide necessary documentation such as material specifications and technical guideline and specify/define raw material as well component quality standards and new test requirements if applicable.
  • Work with Costing in a collaborative manner to develop and/or optimize method of costing the defined technology.  



  • Brand Innovation Engineering Team
  • Brand Technology Innovation Team
  • HQ Advanced Creation Materials 
  • Cross functional Sourcing teams (CE, ME, Quality, PCT) 
  • Sustainability Sourcing Team
  • Brand Product creation Teams (Design, Marketing, Brand Operations)
  • LO Costing
  • LO Quality
  • Tier 1 Supply Partners Management Team
  • Tier 2 & Tier 3 Supplier Management Team
  • HR / Finance / IT / Legal



  • University Degree, preferably Materials engineering, Polymer engineering,  or Chemical engineering
  • 4-6 years’ experience in footwear Industry 
  • Additional experience and knowledge on Footwear Bottom materials 
  • Good project management and organizational skills 
  • Ability to create, plan and deliver presentations
  • Fluent spoken and written English 
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel & PowerPoint

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Job Title:  Senior Manager Materials Engineering SPI Footwear

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Ho Chi Minh City
TEAM:  Sourcing
State:  65
Country/Region:  VN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  446244
Date:  Jun 22, 2022