Senior Development Manager FW - Advanced Concepts BKLYN

Brooklyn | United States | Product Development


Work ahead of the Inline product creation calendar (~ 22-46 months out) to (1) effectively drive the transition of future-led revolutionary innovations to commercial readiness ahead of competition and/or (2) to drive evolutionary innovations, based on consumer and category needs to commercial readiness, e.g., to ensure ongoing freshness and innovation updates (on product/process/profitability) between big revolutionary product introductions. Work in cross-functional project teams with team members of different Brand teams (Future, Design, Marketing, and Creative Direction) and – depending on innovation project and staffing – with horizontal Advanced Operations experts as well as external partners.

Key Responsibilities

Advanced Concepts Development:

  • Lead and drive the inception of new and/or innovative  designs, components, processes, materials, and concepts into a manufacturable and marketable finished product
  • Work collaboratively with cross-functional team members of different Brand teams (Design, Marketing & Creative Direction) and – if necessary – lead horizontal Advanced Operations experts per defined project
  • Guide the definition and enhancement of test parameters / standards required to evaluate and measure the performance & functionality of the concepts
  • Ensure that all materials, components as well as finished goods are tested and adhere to adidas performance/quality standards (material, component, FGT, Fit&Wear/Biomechanical, safety, A01 requirements). Where applicable, escalate and manage quality exceptions with senior management as needed, ensuring a suitable resolution is agreed
  • Collaborate with horizontal Advanced Ops and other vertical advanced teams to share knowledge and define adaptation potential across the Brand for new technologies and support inline implementation
  • Understand key cost drivers and establish a transparent cost structure for new technologies and processes in collaboration with costing and supply base
  • Manage tech pack handover to supply base to ensure that all information provided is complete. Drive product revision rounds with cross-functional team and provide technical support as required after supply base feedback
  • Ensure tasks and  timelines are adhered to and provide project status updates to Innovation Manager
  • For FUTURE led  innovations
    • Validate innovation readiness level for revolutionary innovations and support the definition of the hand over criteria
    • Manage transition of FUTURE led innovations to commercial readiness ahead of competition and provide additional support to the team for more complex projects
    • Takeover responsibility for commercial FUTURE led innovations at the Leadership Transition Point (LTP) from FUTURE  and drive innovation until commercialization by checking the fit for purpose, the feasibility, the scalability in terms of machine investments and by managing cost engineering
    • Provide dedicated development capacity and technical capabilities (e.g., CAD, sampling)
    • Provide cost engineering expertise
    • Identify and propose creation options to manage cost towards aspired level
    • Identify, assess, select, and develop most suitable suppliers (in cooperation with Sourcing)
    • Ensure scalability (e.g., machine capacity) and coordinate supplier ramp-up
  • For Product Operations led  innovations
    • Research, develop and commercialize Product Operations led innovations which ensure ongoing freshness between big FUTURE led product introductions
    • Ensure legal requirements, i.e. IP rights or NDA, are established
    • Transfer product expertise across categories
    • Continuously improve on cost, quality, speed, and sustainability
    • Ensure scalability (e.g., machine capacity) and coordinate supplier ramp-up
    • Take-up supplier ideas and funnel into overall innovation process (involve Future as required)

Key Relationships

  • Advanced Concepts Marketing & Design
  • BU Marketing & Design
  • Creative Direction
  • Brand Strategy
  • Horizontal Concept
  • Advanced Creation Materials
  • Advanced Creation Technologies
  • Advanced Creation Testing
  • Advanced Creation Innovation Management
  • Future
  • Inline Development
  • Supply partners
  • Costing Department
  • Sourcing
  • External Suppliers
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Legal

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to cope with change, make decisions and act comfortably with risk and uncertainty
  • Ability to show entrepreneurial mindset and creative thinking
  • Strong project management skills and ability to effectively work in cross-functional team setups
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • Strategic acting
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken), German an advantage
  • Travel, domestic and international as required by business needs
  • Ability to work independently under minimal guidance on several projects simultaneously
  • Engineering and technical expertise/experience
  • Knowledge of wear and physical product testing 
  • Strong E2E product creation understanding and profound knowledge of key  creation processes (e.g. constructions, patterns, technology, manufacturing, materials  etc.)
  • Strong IT skills (MS office) and ability to work with Product Data Management (PDM) and Computer Aided Design (CAD) Systems
  • Strong understanding of costing principles and ability to negotiate as required


  1. Four-year college or university degree with emphasis on engineering and/or manufacturing and/or footwear technology
  2. Minimum 8+ years of progressive work experience in the athletic footwear industry, specializing in product development
  3. Proven record of accomplishment in the field of footwear development
  4. Exposure to the latest in materials, components, processes, and concepts
  5. Experience in project-based work
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The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Development Manager FW - Advanced Concepts BKLYN
Team Product Development
Brand adidas
Location Brooklyn
Country United States
Number 192637
Position Type Full time
Date Mar-14, 2019
Relocation no

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