Manager Tooling Advance Concepts Footwear



Manage totally new bottom/upper tooling developments following the highest quality and industrial standards and drive tooling optimization towards commercial concept proof.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Ensure that latest CAD/tooling technology is used to develop and commercialize advance concept by applying highest quality engineering level.
    • Provide pro-active & innovative solutions in collaboration with HQ throughout all innovation stages.
  • Manage the communication of CAD/tooling information from AC HQ team to technical departments of multiple factories and selected T2’s.
  • Built close relationship with bottom mold shops, injectors and particle foam suppliers and establish a most effective communication channel.
  • Map expectations and capability requirements to relevant T2 partners and provide necessary insights and training to raise support level.
  • Manage Advance Concept tooling projects that:
    • incorporate latest, innovative technological developments
    • adheres to agreed-on Advance-specific development/
    • commercialization timelines
  • Meets adidas quality standards as well as cost, efficiency, sustainability objectives
  • Capture and create PCT & HQ AC technical/design guidelines and ensure continuous upgrades of technical information. Manage communication and     roll-out within relevant adidas CAD/tooling teams, mold shops, suppliers. 
  • Maintain an efficient tracking system of AC CAD/Tooling work and level load workload to respective T2 partners accordingly. Manage a IP protected, central filing system for all technical drawings and relevant graded patterns.
  • Work closely with PCT and engineering teams to run necessary mold simulations
  • Prepare and Lead all CAD/ Mold/ Material/ QA onboarding meetings and enable flawless project transition throughout innovation cycle. 
  • Be aware of adidas brand mission and customer focus; knowledge of adidas history and understand the technical direction of the innovation product range.
  • Ensures health and safety requirements are met and SOE rules are implemented.


Key Relationships: 


  • Advance Concept/ Advance Creation HQ teams
  • AC Costing, Footwear Sourcing
  • Future, Sourcing team
  • Material Engineering, Sourcing Incubation team
  • Molding, Injection, Foaming vendors
  • PCT / ME, Footwear Sourcing
  • Development & Commercialization Teams, Footwear Sourcing
  • Machinery, Chemical & Technology vendors
  • T1 and T2 business partners





  • Diploma or degree in a post-secondary discipline focusing on CAD/tooling and/or product engineering.
  • 5 years working experience in a technical engineering/CAD/ mould making capability with a good knowledge of material science, injection plastics for consumer goods.   Knowledge on shoemaking a plus
  • Strong knowledge of CAD/CAM processes and applications, in depth understanding and ability to apply related software (e.g Rhino, simulation software e.g FEA).
  • Good project management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to create, plan and deliver presentations
  • Fluent spoken and written English and Chinese .
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel & PowerPoint.


Location:  Guangzhou
Country:  Greater China
Team:  Sourcing
Brand:  adidas
Position Type:  Full time
Number:  199461