Footwear Costing Lead

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

At a Glance:

The Footwear Costing Lead will drive overall costing performance across multiple footwear categories within On’s footwear creation team by executing the seasonal costing process and strategically evolving costing methodologies in support of brand product margin targets. The Costing Lead will be the main driver behind On’s Costing strategy and will be considered a trusted partner by multiple functions that will rely on their expertise. 

Your Team:

We are an innovative, creative and science-driven team working closely to convert cutting-edge ideas into prototypes and exceptional performance products. High quality and performance are top of mind when creating our footwear products. Our team combines the best experts in fields such as Engineering, Development and Product Management to create something extraordinary.

Your Mission:

  • Analyse CBDs and work with Vietnam and Zurich Development teams to communicate model-level pricing tactics and effectively address critical issues to achieve price targets.
  • Analyse cost trends & reduce/mitigate cost increases.
  • Collaborate with partners in  Product Marketing, Design and Development to ensure margin maximisation at the model level.
  • Support development and operations team to enhance systems to ensure costing requirements are met and to improve costing performance.
  • Drive process improvement by ensuring costing processes and results meet business objectives.
  • Coordinate and conduct category costing reviews at critical milestones in the product creation process; ensure alignment between Marketing, Design, Development and Sourcing relative to achieving cost targets.
  • Increase awareness and understanding of cost drivers within the organisation through the education and training of key business counterparts.
  • Initiate analysis and improvement of cost standards & logic to ensure a fact-based costing process is implemented in all development and sourcing regions.
  • Model costing scenarios based on production country labor trends and fluctuating commodity prices to guide On’s costing strategies.

Your Story:

  • 5+ years relevant experience costing within the performance footwear industry 
  • 3+ years of experience in a footwear development or manufacturing role within the performance footwear industry.
  • 3+ years of experience in footwear construction, innovation and/or global business management.
  • 3+ year of experience in working with factories in a production country.
  • Experience and knowledge of costing in a manufacturing environment with a high volume. coupled with a high product mix portfolio, including valuing of materials, labor and overhead cost components.
  • Great communication skills with ability to influence key stakeholders (Marketing, Design, Development etc.) in the decision making process during key milestones of the development process (e.g., partial and final line reviews).
  • Highly analytical skills with strong computer knowledge, especially able to work with multiple excel spreadsheets with a high data density 
  • Strong financial/accounting sense.
  • Exposure to the latest in performance footwear materials, components, processes, and concepts.
  • Experience with cost modelling based on production country labor trends and fluctuating commodity prices.
  • Proficient in excel, PLM systems, and powerpoint/google slides.

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.