Senior Specialist Product Testing (Apparel)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


This role contributes to adidas’ mission to be the best sports company in the world by gathering and evaluating perception feedback from consumers (fit, comfort, quality, performance) and translating it into recommendations for product development. This role works divisional for assigned business units.


Key Responsibilities:


Product Testing

  • Represent Testing in seasonal briefings with Marketing and Development
  • Allocate appropriate level of perception tests (e.g. fit, wear, dynamic evaluation tests, high speed filming) based on intended use and consumer profile with counterparts from Development
  • Execute tasks within given capacity by workload tool
  • Assign appropriate quesitionaire modules in partnership with external IT provider
  • Plan and execute perception tests according to adidas’ Testing standards within timelines
  • Analyze perception test results based on consumer feedback and product condition and assess risk level of claims and defective returns
  • Write test reports with recommendations to Development and document those in the respective systems
  • Decide if product can move forward in creation process based on executed perception tests
  • Share and discuss test results with Development, Marketing and Design in Performance Line Review Meetings
  • Review, discuss and decide on execution of outline test requests
  • Provide input for test standards and procedures to Standards and Compliance experts
  • Deliver seasonal summary reports upon request
  • Support global initiatives that are connected to Product Testing



Tester Pool 

  • Pro-actively recruit new product testers through events and networking
  • Review online applications for product testers and select suitable profiles
  • Set up and maintain product testers in central system


Sample Management 

  • (System-)order, unpack, prepare and ship product samples for testing purposes
  • Organize short- and long-term storage of product samples according to policy


Device Management

  • Maintain Testing facilities and devises


Key Relationships:


  • Development
  • Marketing
  • Design
  • Advanced Creation – Testing
  • Target consumers, coaches and equipment managers
  • 3rd party testing facilities and consultants


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Passion for sports in general and in-depth knowledge of the responsible sport categories
  • Keen to learn about product creation and development (e.g. materials, components, modifications, technologies, assembly)
  • Ability to work both individually and supportively, with a high degree of flexibility and a collaborative mindset
  • Ability to openly communicate and collaborate with cross-functional teams at like and slightly above levels of the organization
  • Advanced communication and presentation skills
  • Advanced user level of Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access
  • Data analysis skills of advantage
  • Language: fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Ability to travel domestically and globally


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • College or university degree in Sports Science or related field
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant working experience
  • Experience in footwear, apparel or accessories & gear business preferred

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 Specialist Product Testing (Apparel)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  224412