Developer Materials Footwear – Statement/Luxury (m/f/d)

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

Purpose:

Ensure the availability of materials, which support the strategic marketing & design direction to enable commercial success. Finds or develops the right materials according to calendar timelines, target prices, sourcing policy, and quality standards.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Under the guidance of the Senior Manager Materials Development be the key contact and consultant for all material related questions for all internal interfaces
  • Contribute to all cross-functional discussions related to materials topics, actively participate in the material selection process and support material consolidation to improve material efficiency
  • Build and maintain a close relationship with interfaces such as Design, Product Development, Material Sourcing, Quality and Suppliers
  • Ensure availability of correct materials data in PDM (technical data, cost, toolbox, lifecycle)
  • Give input for suitable sources for new material developments (aligned with material sourcing strategy) and guide suppliers to translate the design vision into new, innovative material which meet commercial needs of the brand
  • Under the guidance of the Senior Manager Materials Development, kick-off and monitor all material developments (work together with suppliers, Sourcing, Quality and Development) 
  • Ensure that all selected materials are being tested and approved by Footwear Quality in accordance with applicable calendar timelines
  • Cooperate with cross-functional team to create a focused material toolbox and coach the cross-functional team on how to improve material efficiencies
  • Set up and maintain the materials library and work on continuously improving the setup and tools for the product creation teams  
  • Support Innovation projects and ensure their successful technical implementation and documentation in alignment with the MDI innovation Managers

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Good communication skills, especially when interacting with different levels of business
  • Ability to anticipate problems, offers solutions, and address issues with materials in order to meet the Design team’s aesthetic goals and financial targets
  • Ability to cope with change
  • Ability to accept and meet critical deadlines with good planning and organization skills
  • Fluent English (verbal and written)
  • Strong IT skills (e-mail, MS office)

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Four-year college or university degree in textile engineering or comparable degree/education
  2. 1-2 years of relevant work experience in the fabric production industry (knowledge of manufacturing process, fabrics, mechanical and chemical treatments)