Manager Product Engineer Advanced Concepts Footwear

Guangzhou | Greater China | Sourcing


  • Be the sourcing interface for the Advanced Concept Development teams and manage the product creation process throughout defined innovation stages.
  • Drive product validation from a product engineering POV (with extensions in applied fields of process, materials, technologies), providing insights and recommendations along all product iterations and towards proof of technology readiness.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Establish effective relationships with Advance Concept HQ teams (HZ, PDX, BF) and support AC innovation roadmap on the sourcing side.
  • High collaboration expected with other cross functional teams, support workshops and training sessions with internal and external stakeholder while preparing product and documentation of the latest innovation level.
  • Lead to drive the development of AC products and technologies within defined timelines, in accordance with the design and technical requirements while maintaining an emphasis on product performance, quality, integrity.
  • Take an active role in the costing process by working in collaboration with LO and T1/T2 costing on evaluating applicable cost scenarios towards reaching technology cost targets and targeted margins/FOBs on all products.
  • Implement adidas product creation principles of “simplify, standardize, modularize and enable automation” in all advanced concepts.
  • Provide AC projects tracking and provide regular status updates to line manager and other relevant internal stakeholders.
  • Work closely with selected T1, T2, T3 suppliers to identify commercial obstacles and provide solutions in early development stage to optimize value/cost viability ratios through product engineering and efficient manufacturing techniques.
  • Apply highest level of intellectual property protection to all AC Innovations by working closely with HQ’s and HK legal team. Establish, review and foster E2E data and product security
  • Provide comprehensive documentation such as project transfer package, SOP’s, QA plan, best practice for project handover stage and support the implementation at relevant tiers.
  • Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with HQ / LO and other key parties as listed below. Encourage performance culture and 3C behaviors internally and externally.

Key Relationships: 

  • Advance Concept HQ teams (Design, Mkt, Dev.), Advance Creation
  • AC Costing, Footwear Sourcing
  • Future, Sourcing team
  • Material Engineering, Sourcing Incubation team
  • Development & Commercialization Teams, Footwear Sourcing
  • Product Creation Teams, Brand Operations
  • PCT / ME, Footwear Sourcing
  • T1 and T2 business partners
  • Material, Machinery, Chemical & Technology vendors
  • Innovation Management, Advance Creation


  • University or College Degree, preferably Project Management or Industrial Engineering background.
  • 5-6 years of relevant work experience in the footwear industry in technical and/or product creation functions.
  • Good understanding of footwear manufacturing including pattern engineering, CAD, mould making, material processing, testing, QA/QC etc.
  • Good understanding of costing and design for manufacturing/profitability principles.
  • Strong ability to create, plan and deliver presentations with good skills.
  • Fluent spoken and written in English, Chinese a plus for China-based position.
  • Strong communication skills to work under a diverse culture.
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office, Project Management, basic operations of Adobe Illustrator, Rhino.


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The Facts

Jobtitle Manager Product Engineer Advanced Concepts Footwear
Team Sourcing
Brand adidas
City Guangzhou
Location Greater China
Number 199460
Position Type Full time
Date Jul-25, 2019
Relocation no

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