(Senior) Material Specialist Footwear

Date posted:
Company: On
Location: Zürich (ZH), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

At a Glance:

As a Senior Footwear Materials Specialist, you will drive performance materials to the next level of technology in line with the company vision. The role will focus on the material creation, and development and technicality of high performance products. You will report to the Footwear Material Team Lead and support in the execution of the global material strategy. You will manage projects from creation through to realization while collaborating with cross-functional partners – Design/Development/Product Marketing.

Your Team:

The Footwear Materials team is responsible for creating innovative products for On. We have a lot of responsibility to try and meet the needs and demands of runners, hikers and anyone seeking performance everyday. We research, design, develop and test lots of ideas scientifically. Only products that pass our rigorous tests ever go to market.

Your Mission:

  • Support the creation and sourcing of technical, high-performance materials in accordance with the design brief in collaboration with cross-functional design partners. 
  • Ensure material availability according to calendar timelines, sourcing policies, quality standards and best target prices.
  • Evaluate and aim for material-specific targets in regards to the On sustainability roadmap.
  • Identify opportunities for innovation in material performance, sustainability and efficiency for On products.
  • Lead all material and component specifications for product creation, colour application through utilisation of Adobe Illustrator and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) systems.   
  • Oversee the material lifecycle ensuring all materials are tested and approved while problem solving and advising on improvements through fundamental understanding of yarns, material structures and polymers.
  • Build and foster strong relationships and communicative channels with T2 Material Suppliers and T1 Factory teams.
  • Set up and continuously improve the material library and tools for the product creation teams.
  • Liaise and collaborate with local and international teams (EUR/ NAM / ASIA) – Design, Product Development, Product Management, Innovation, Sustainability and Testing teams.

Your Story:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (minimum) in Footwear Textile Sciences, Textile Engineering/Technology from a global leading university or related field.
  • 4+ years of global experience in Performance Footwear industry (or equivalent) with Asia supplier/factory experience as a fundamental part of previous role. 
  • Extensive experience travelling globally (non-covid times) on a regular basis to T2 Material Suppliers and T1 product factories to create, develop and source materials.
  • Well-rounded experience in project management from creative direction through to production.
  • Affinity for Footwear design and technology, in the technical performance category, with an eye for aesthetics and key awareness of trends both within the industry and analogous industries. 
  • Proven track record of implementing innovation though performance materials with ability to think and act strategically.
  • Highly attentive to detail and has the ability to build, organize, and create effective presentations and strategy documents.
  • Excellent understanding of the industry’s processes with ability to work autonomously parallel to cross-functional collaboration.
  • Collaborative spirit with diverse stakeholders as well as superior communication skills (verbal and written English).
  • Able to balance creativity with organisation and discipline in a fast-paced environment.
  • Talent to deal with change and bring entrepreneurial spirit when facing unexpected challenges.

What we offer:

We offer a dynamic, challenging and sportive environment that has been ranked as the ‘fastest growing sports company’ of its time. With offices across the globe, we are an international team who is hungry to innovate and build something incredible. We foster an active environment where each individual thrives for excellence and can achieve their full potential. This is where your work matters, you’re hands-on and your team members are amongst the very best in their respective disciplines and fields. 

If you are driven to bring On to the next level, curious about the opportunity and want to be part of our growing team send us your application, and join the ONiverse!



On is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a work environment that is fair and inclusive, where all decisions related to recruitment, advancement, and retention are free of discrimination.