Manager Concept Testing – Running (m/f/d)

Date posted:
Company: Adidas
Location: Herzogenaurach (BY), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:

This role contributes to adidas’ mission to be the best sports company in the world by leading the execution and evaluation of performance product tests with devices as well as performance measurements with athletes in the lab and in the field, and translating the results into recommendations for new product developments and validation. In addition, this role drives internal and external research to ensure best in class testing procedures and world class biomechanical and physiology knowledge.

Key Responsibilities:

Concept Testing (operational)

  • Plan and execute all kinds of physical performance oriented product tests (using appropriate equipment) and human performance tests (in a sport science lab environment and in the field) within the given timelines and according to the latest testing standards
  • Plan and execute studies in the specific environments leveraging sensors and other aspects of our lab-2-field initiatives 
  • Evaluate, track and analyse test results and write scientific reports, summaries and presentations. Communicate results through comprehensive presentations or other means to the BU cross functional partners (in APP and FTW respectively)
  • Translate and implement test results into recommendations for product and concept development 
  • Ensure proper data management and storage in the respective systems (i.e. TRO & aTP) on time and in accurate format
  • Intitiate continuous development of the testing process through the development of new test methods or equipment to assess new technologies 
  • Collaborate with Concept Excellence team members to leverage knowledge from other Advanced Concepts and categoriy specific work and explore and define  specific research projects
  • Mentor team members and cross functional partners to develop  specific performance and research understanding 
  • Participate in the evaluation of Advanced Concepts  projects aligned with Gear-Up 2.0 plan and ensure transfer of all relevant concept performance information abnd learnings to BU-teams prior and during transistion/handover to increase for success 

Concept Testing (tactical)

  • Develop a strategic research and testing plan aligned with Gear-Up 2.0 plans and ambitions
  • Drive continuous research and exploration using broad and deep sport science knowledge 
  • Leverage existing and build a strong network creating new partnerships and forging new ways of working with key internal and external partners
  • Initiate and drive new research and consulting projects with world class universities, start-ups and consulting groups to deliver best in class testing and products  
  • Create expert knowledge of biomechanics and/or physiology within key business partners to support performance driven products
  • Execute and drive key initiatives and projects for product innovation and improvement
  • Act as Testing Ambassador by proactively meeting with key stakeholders to understand long-term performance needs, elevate testing with valued presence and expertise and strengthen collaboration and support beyond creation calendars  
  • Consult x-functional teams on performance related issues and communicate product opportunities and business risks
  • Participate in and contribute to consumer centric testing projects and open source meetings to identify athlete needs related to best  product performance
  • Drive testing enhancements through research/exploration linked to business needs
  • Provide input and contribute to defining the future direction of  performance testing during line reviews to ensure success integration of new products in targeted seasons
  • Prepare concept and results-based reports and presentations, communicating to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Resolve or escalate project issues/risks based on expertise
  • Drive training and education with key stakeholders for what biomechanics, physiology and performance testing are and what features they offer for the Gear-Up 2.0
  • Strategize on ways to improve performance testing of product through organizational and process viewpoints

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Ability to think on a tactical and operational level at the same time
  • Strong biomechanical and/or physiology knowledge and how that relates to product performance and development
  • Strong problem-solving skills
  • Curiosity for science and technology with a passion for making insights in 
  • Strong networking abilities
  • Ability to understand scientific and complex information and synthesize comprehensible insights to various skillsets
  • Good communication, organizational and presentation skills
  • Computer literacy (word, excel, powerpoint) with the ability to analyse and understand large datasets, programming skills preferred
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and within a team atmosphere

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  • PhD or Master’s degree in biomechanics, physiology, (bio)mechanical engineering, or equivalent 
  • Minimum 5 years of progressive working experience (2 with PhD)