Prototype Engineer

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

At a Glance:

This role will lead prototyping, sampling and “Monster” creation within the Zurich office to help with early wear testing and analysis, to kick start the development of our industry-leading shoes and bottom units. This person will be responsible for translating tech packs, technical drawings and sketches into shell patterns and components, ready for assembly and also for transferring information to Asia counterparts for further work. This will include both innovation concepts and new ideas, as well as early prototypes for our world class athletes. This role will also own the OnMakerSpace and will help us develop this space into a world-class footwear innovation lab. 

Your Team:

On’s Innovation team is responsible for On’s future innovation, out-of-the-box thinking and the outstanding athlete-informed technology that differentiates On footwear from all other footwear product in the market. By joining the On Innovation Team, you will have the opportunity to be part of an agile and interdisciplinary team of experts in the areas of engineering and sports science.

Your Mission:

  • Work closely with the cross functional teams within innovation and Design to deliver prototypes and test samples
  • Oversee fabrication and assembly of materials and components using almost any type of machinery and hand tool, including (but not limited to!) machines for cutting, injecting, sanding, buffing, sewing, welding, pressing, additive manufacturing and lasting.
  • Mentor & guide teammates and share knowledge related to sample making and the challenges which can arise when going from 2D to prototype
  • Work closely with Asia-based colleagues and counterparts (T1s) to make sure that information is passed on accurately and completely
  • Build on On’s MakerSpace into a cutting-edge rapid-prototyping innovation lab
  • Maintain all materials and supplies needed for creation of footwear samples
  • Perform minor maintenance and repair on shop machinery and equipment
  • Plan and recommend machines to keep the OnMakerSpace with the latest sampling technologies
  • Take on development projects in collaboration with both the HQ and VN teams

Your Story:

  • 8+ years of footwear factory experience, sample room or production
  • Demonstrated expertise in various footwear manufacturing processes, especially on the upper
  • Strong knowledge of machines, including use & safety
  • Ability to identify design issues and offer solutions to improve prototypes
  • Strong knowledge in pattern-making, cutting & stitching
  • Excellent communication skills and comfort adapting communication style between cross-functional partners at all levels
  • Ability to work independently under a deadline on several projects simultaneously requiring both innovative ideas and engineering problem-solving
  • Ability to lift up to 40kg and comfortable working with industrial machinery
  • Fluent in English (spoken & written) a must, German and/or French a plus

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.