Senior Manager Tooling Footwear (temp until Sep 2023) (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Manage essential technical information which is required for the footwear development process. Support an effective transition of footwear designs from prototyping into production by steering, monitoring and guiding the creation of technical information in collaboration with our LO, key Tier 1 supply partners. Act as a contact person on all technical tooling and pattern topics and provide mentoring to other team members within Advanced Creation and key relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

Technical Management

  • Analyze, create and/or organize the constructions of 2D/3D files and patterns to be used for the technical product description.
  • Support the Advanced Concept Footwear Team by creating and executing designs of evolutionary- and revolutionary concept ideas to manufacturable prototypes using latest adidas 2D/3D software.
  • Provide 2D/3D based on production and material properties, offering economic and efficient solutions to achieve cost targets.
  • Actively participate in product and concept brainstorm sessions and support the working teams with tooling and upper creation.
  • Collaborate with Sourcing to enable them to execute product demands.
  • Collaborate and communicate with Tier 1- and Tier 2 suppliers to enable them to execute product demands.
  • Conduct tear down meetings (i.e. with Product testing, Project Team) to ensure that each shoe is engineered and constructed to meet adidas quality standards.
  • Mentor new employees in technical product development by teaching them about adidas specific technical standards, processes and systems related to the Tech Package creation
  • Offer technical solutions to the team taking into consideration cost and manufacturing constraints.
  • Use the internal Database to keep track of the constructions during the development process.


  • Work together with entire Advanced Creation team in order to prioritize resources.
  • Act as a mentor to all members of the team.
  • Provide input to Director Development FW on areas of concern within team and identify opportunities for improvement.
  • Allocate project work to (LO/T1/T2) team taking into consideration experience, product complexity and workload.
  • Grow into a managerial role by supervising the respective team and taking on additional management responsibility and tasks as agreed upon with the Senior Development Manager.
  • Support the team members on all technical issues.

Key relationships:

  • Advanced Concepts Marketing & Design
  • BU Marketing & Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Brand Strategy
  • Horizontal Concept
  • Advanced Creation Materials
  • Advanced Creation Technologies
  • Advanced Creation Testing
  • Advanced Creation Innovation Management
  • Future
  • Inline Development
  • Supply partners
  • Costing Department
  • Sourcing
  • External Suppliers
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Legal


Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Knowledge about mold making and shoe making process preferred
  • Management or/and coaching skills preferred
  • Excellent MS Office skills
  • Fluent in English; German an advantage.


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four-year college or university degree or comparable education as a technical drafter, Mould Maker, Model Maker or Pattern Engineer.
  • At least 7 years of work experience in the athletic footwear industry, specializing in product development, design and / or marketing.
  • Progressive work experience in CAD. Rhino for tooling and Rhino Jevero for upper preferred, other 2D-3D CAD applications, Crispin for Pattern engineering.


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Job Title:  Senior Manager Tooling Footwear (temp until Sep 2023) (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Limited Duration
Number:  444694
Date:  Jul 4, 2022