Senior Manager Materials Innovation Footwear - Polymer (m/f/d)

Herzogenaurach | Germany | Product Development


Pro-actively provide and develop materials, which support the creative materials direction and enable commercial success. Drive materials concept innovation in the respective focus area. Ensure availability of materials portfolio according to calendar timelines, target prices, sourcing policy and quality standards and drive materials efficiencies horizontally.

Key Accountabilities

  • Be the key consultant for material related questions for the respective materials focus area
  • Lead innovation project in corporation with material and material maschinery suppliers
  • Pro-actively initiate and drive innovation projects and material development and ensure their successful technical implementation and documentation
  • Lead all technical discussions related to the repestive material focus area, steer the material innovation and development process and support materials consolidation to improve material efficiency
  • Build and maintain a close relationship with interfaces such as Design, Marketing, vertical materials teams, Material Sourcing, Quality, Suppliers and Futures
  • Ensure availability of correct materials data in the material management system
  • Identify suitable sources for new materials developments (aligned with material sourcing strategy) and guide suppliers to translate the design version into new, innovative materials which meet commercial needs of the brand
  • Initiate and monitor all material developments for the respective material focus area (work together with suppliers, sourcing, quality and be responsible for initial material price negotiations with suppliers during development stage)
  • Ensure that all selected materials are tested and approved by Materials Quality in accordance with applicable calendar timelines
  • Coorporate with Creative Direction and the rest of the horizontal materials team to create a focused material offer that enables commercial success
  • Provide latest information on materials innovation and newsness by gatherin innovative input from relevant fairs, supplier meetings, material shows and competitor analysis
  • Initiate appropriate research and development lab and athlete testing to ensure quality and performance suitabilitys of materials for intended end use
  • Translate technologies initiated by the future team into commercially applicable materials

Knowledge, Capabilities and Experience

  • Advanced communication skills, especially when interacting with different levels of business
  • Ability to create, plan and effectively deliver presentations in formal and informal settings
  • Ability to anticipate problems, offer solutions and address issues with materials in order to meet Design team’s aestheticgoals and financial targets
  • Ability to cope with change
  • Ability to work independently or with limited guidance
  • Ability to accept and meet critical deadlines with good planning and organizational skills
  • Fluent English (verbal and written)
  • Strong IT skills (emails, MS office)


  1. Four year college or university degree in material engineering or comparable degree/education
  2. Minimum of 8 years work experience in the respective material industry (material and material machinery supplier)
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The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Manager Materials Innovation Footwear - Polymer (m/f/d)
Team Product Development
Brand adidas
Location Herzogenaurach
Country Germany
Number 178841
Position Type Full time
Date Apr-02, 2019
Relocation no

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