Technical Manager Textile Technologies (m/f/d) – Advanced Creation

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

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation: 

This role is responsible for textile technology related product creation and providing effective transition of designs from prototyping to production. Maintaining strong relationships with the machine vendors and internal and external customers in the field of 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 textile projects are engineered to cost, profitability targets, visual & functional demands, meet quality and test requirements. 

  • Prototyping and implementation of new & innovative textile designs, components, creation methods, yarns and concepts into a manufacturable and marketable finished product 

  • Ensure that all textile components are fully tested to ensure adherence to adidas quality and legal standards 

  • Take ownership for the entire textile technology related development process for assigned products or concepts with an emphasis on quality 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 related textile manufacturing machines on a high level to enable concept or inline product creation needs 

  • Translate designs into specific 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 technology 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 textile development or techniques 

  • Use state of the art communication tools to interact and collaborate with other stakeholders or peers to achieve set goals. 

Key Relationships:  

  • Design, Inline Development, Pattern Engineering, Innovation Department, Materials Development, Supply, Quality, Costing, Product Creation Department, Logistics, Sourcing Organization, Marketing, T2, T3, etc. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • Extensive experience with textile technologies (e.g. TFP, Embroidery, Weft knitting technologies preferred) 

  • Extensive experience with programming textile technologymanufacturing 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:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in textile technologies or equivalent  

  • Proven record of accomplishment in the field of footwear/apparel development preferred 

  • 7 years minimum related work experience in the TFP, Embroidery, Weft knitting or other related textile manufacturing industry specialized in programming and operating textile manufacturing machines 

  • TFP, Embroidery, Weft knit or other machine manufacturer training certificates preferred