Manager Development Technical Apparel - BU Outdoor (m/f/d)

Herzogenaurach | Germany | Product Development


Manage the product development process for assigned styles from seasonal kick off through to commercialization. Work with the cross functional activity team to understand the consumer and market environment for the focus avtivity. Collaborate with internal teams and suppliers to provide effective transition from brief/design through to development “buy-ready” commercialisation, on time, within the agreed margin parameter and at the required quality standards

Key Accountabilities

  • Work with the cross functional team to understand the consumer and focus activity, and translate findings into performance apparel development, construction and testing requirements.
  • Work as part of a cross-functional team to agree and manage the creation process agreeing alignment sessions and handovers in line with the seasonal calendar.
  • Communicate all necessary development information to Marketing, Design, Suppliers and LO/OC to ensure the effective and efficient creation of outstanding product 
  • Ensure target price and product designs are aligned through predictive costing. Review, validate and approve T1 costing information throughout the entire creation process. Ensure compliance to agreed standards. Negotiate with T1 as needed
  • Manage handover from design to T1 to ensure that all information provided to T1 is complete. Manage T1 feedback to design and marketing and incorporate  where quality or cost can be improved without sacrificing product aesthetics 
  • Ensure timely and accurate data entry by T1 regarding AD/BOM, costing or other data as required at calendar milestones
  • Evaluate all prototypes for compliance with AD, manage fit approval/size specification, approval of color, accessories and materials. Manage comments to T1
  • Ensure that all materials and accessories as well as prototypes are tested and adhere to adidas quality, safety and A01 standards. Manage quality exceptions with senior management as needed
  • If required, review size sets for accuracy of measurements and merchantability of complete size range including logo placement and fit. (LO/OC to approve size sets not requested by CC and to review size sets approved by CC after buy ready release)
  • Review and sign off sealing sample with complete AD including all related documents prior to buy ready dates. Ensure full conformity to published policies to ensure a final legal AD for final product
  • Research innovation from market or supply chain as far as garment construction, pattern/fit, embellishment, trims. Work cross functionally with Advanced teams, Sourcing teams and T1/T2 to implement into product creation

Knowledge, Capabilities and Experience


  • Ability to translate consumer preferences and activity requirements into technical apparel constructions
  • Knowledge of outdoor/ winter performance material construction and related testing
  • Knowledge of wear and physical product testing for outdoor/ winter sports
  • Knowledge of production garment construction and manufacturing, particularly relating to waterproof and insulated garments
  • Ability to fit a garment and comment to T1 on changes required
  • Knowledge of costing and ability to negotiate as required
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills
  • Understanding of the respective vision and strategy for the brands. Ability to communicate to LO/OC/T1 the vision and strategy as well as success criteria needed from sourcing and T1 teams
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Strong IT skills (MS Office) and ability to work with Product Data Management Systems
  • Domestic and International Travel as required


  1. College or University degree in clothing technology and/or manufacturing or comparable education
  2. Minimum 2-3 years of work experience in outdoor/ wintersport garment industry in a development/ creation/ production focused role
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The Facts

Jobtitle Manager Development Technical Apparel - BU Outdoor (m/f/d)
Team Product Development
Brand adidas
City Herzogenaurach
Location Germany
Number 204410
Position Type Full time
Date Oct-25, 2019
Relocation no

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