Senior Manager - Materials Engineering


Area:                                Brand adidas
Department:                            Innovation
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Subsidiary/country:                        Headquarters/Germany
Location:                            Portland
GSMS Grade:                            M3
Number of Personnel Managed:                 
Cost Center/Budget and/or Revenue Responsibility:    

Are you a high-performing Engineer who wants to go ‘all in’ and apply your skills towards innovating high-performance sports product?  Do you want to help shape the future of sport by helping to shape the way we make product? Are you interested in providing the consumers of the future a new way to experience the adidas brand through your technical expertise?  Does applying the latest material and process innovations on a fast time to market excite you?  Have you ever dreamed about applying cutting edge engineering to create high level sport products for yourself, for your friends, or the world’s top athletes? 

The adidas FUTURE team is currently looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic engineers wanting to join us as we revolutionise the industry. Through an exciting new brand initiative we want to hire the best talents to join our high performing team in our effort to disrupt the way we manufacture, develop and communicate our product. The adidas FUTURE team is a collaborative group of dedicated teams focused on footwear, apparel, hardware and manufacturing projects, driven to create the best for the athlete. As a FUTURE team member you will become an active player in the adidas brand and will experience a unique opportunity to apply your engineering competences towards advanced company projects.


Provide and be the access point to expert materials engineering knowledge critical to successful product and process innovations.


•    Drive internal and external projects aimed at optimizing chemical processes to achieve material goals for performance and durability
•    Use expertise in materials science to develop and implement protocol for efficiently evaluating and documenting properties essential for functional performance
•    Drive external and internal projects to identify and implement new chemical systems and processes that will enable greater design and engineering freedom
•    Develop initiatives to improve in-house capabilities for evaluating unexpected failures at the material, component, and product level
•    Lead initiatives to assess and manage the effects of scaling material processes from prototyping to production level
•    Initiate projects with material suppliers and researchers to develop new compounds that facilitate innovative products


•    Educate and train colleagues by sharing knowledge on an on-going basis
•    Prepare concept and results-based reports and presentations, communicating to technical and non-technical audiences
•    Stay connected to relevant current and upcoming research, technologies, methods, and industry trends.  Build an effective information network
•    Identify and partner with industry-leading organizations to extend the capability of the team
•    Consider legal implications of innovative concepts, working with the legal team to protect product, technology, innovation, process, and design


•    Curiosity for science and engineering along with a passion for making insights in the field of sport
•    University degree in a relevant field
•    6 years of working experiences
•    Fluent English (required), German (advantageous)
•    Communicate and negotiate effectively
•    Cooperate well, develop and maintain relationships
•    Work independently as well as part of a team
•    Plan working time efficiently, balancing short term tasks with long term goals
•    Strong analytical skills, solution driven and result oriented
•    Ability to travel domestically and internationally

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 - Materials Engineering

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Engineering
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  372915
Date:  Nov 12, 2021