Manager Textile Technologies – Tailor Fiber Placement (m/f/d)

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

Purpose:

This role is responsible for tailor fiber placement (TFP) programming related product creation and providing effective transition of TFP designs from prototyping to production. Maintaining strong relationships with the machine vendors and internal and external customers related to TFP and other technical textile technologies enables this role to stay ahead on complex and innovative designs and technologies in regards of the product creation process.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Proactively research new technologies and materials to drive innovation and communicate with involved stakeholders on new potential development options
  • Ensure that new TFP projects are engineered to cost, profitability targets, visual & functional demands, meet quality and test requirements.
  • Prototyping and implementation of new & innovative TFP designs, components, creation methods, yarns and concepts into a manufacturable and marketable finished product
  • Ensure that all TFP components are fully tested to ensure adherence to adidas quality and legal standards
  • Take ownership for the entire TFP programming related development process for assigned products or concepts with an emphasis on quality knit product development and timely completion of tasks in accordance with the applicable operating calendar
  • Document achievements, trials, research and be able to train or educate others as required in a peer to peer or training workshop type environment
  • Be able to create programs as well as use of the TFP or related textile manufacturing machines on a high level to enable concept or inline product creation needs
  • Translate designs into TFP/Knit/other programs utilizing yarns, machine and post processing knowledge to achieve the functional or visual goal requested
  • Be able to translate complex textile manufacturing related matters into simple understandable explanations to enable efficient team decision making
  • Collaborate with TFP manufacturer to stay updated, further develop or optimize and improve efficiencies or productivity gains for this technology
  • Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with product owning business units and involved other organizations within the company (i.e. Materials, Design, Innovation, Sourcing or external T2 Suppliers)
  • Support and guide Designers, Developers and other involved project team members in the product creation teams in all aspects of technical TFP development or techniques
  • Use state of the art communication tools to interact and collaborate with other stakeholders or peers to achieve set goals.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Extensive experience with TFP & weft knitting technologies preferred
  • Extensive experience with programming TFP and or other textile manufacturing machine software
  • Broad knowledge about fibers and yarns
  • Manage and prioritize projects in an effective, timely and technical goal oriented manner
  • Technical training in footwear or apparel engineering and product development; industry experience
  • State of the art computer literacy (Digital communication and documentation)
  • Presentation skills
  • Fluent English language skills, German beneficial
  • Exposure to the latest in materials, components, processes and concepts
  • Ability to travel to production sources and the terrain of testing

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. University degree in textile technologies or equivalent
  2. Proven record of accomplishment in the field of footwear/apparel development preferred
  3. Minimum 5 years of related work experience in the TFP or textile manufacturing industry specialized in programming and operating textile manufacturing machines
  4. TFP, Knit, other machine manufacturer training certificates preferred