Senior Specialist Concept Excellence

Portland | United States | Product Development

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation

  • This role contributes to adidas’ mission to be the best sports company in the world by executing and evaluating physical product tests with devices as well as performance tests with athletes. The results from these tests are then translated into recommendations for concept development and validation. This role works cross divisional for defined Advanced Concepts teams and business units.

Key Responsibilities

Concept Testing

  • Execute all kinds of physical performance oriented product tests (using appropriate equipment) and human performance tests (in a sport science lab environment) within the given timelines and according to the latest testing standards
  • Evaluate, track and analyse test results and write scientific reports, summaries and presentations
  • Translate test results into recommendations for product and concept development
  • Communicate test results through comprehensive presentations or other means to respective cross functional partners
  • Ensure proper data management and storage in the respective systems (i.e. TRO & aTP) on time and in accurate format
  • Support the development for new test methods and equipment for assessment of new technologies
  • Support other Concept Excellence team members within defined research projects

Lab Management

  • Organize short- and long-term storage of product samples according to policy
  • Maintain and define test equipment to support Testing 4.0 initiaves

Key Relationships

  • Advanced Creation Testing and other Advanced Creation functions (Materials, Technologies, Innovation Management)
  • Advanced Concepts teams (pre-season)
  • Future (Engineering and Sports Science), Athlete Service Lab (ASL)
  • Product Operations and Business Units (in-season)
  • External labs/partners
  • Key equipment suppliers

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Sport specific understanding, passion for sport
  • Understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and understanding of biomechanical analysis tools and techniques.
  • Strong technical engagement in manufacturing, development (product/material) associated with sports
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and within a team atmosphere
  • Strong interpersonal, organization and communication skills
  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and IT affinity, ability to synthesize data
  • Fluent in English

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  1. College/University degree in Sport Science, Engineering or equivalent
  2. Minimum 2 years of progressive working experience   


  1. 3.5 year apprenticeship as Laboratory Assistant or equivalent technical eduction
  2. Minimum 6 years of work experience
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adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At adidas, every day is a chance to flip the script. An invitation to take everything we know and re-invent it. Do it better. Never settling for good enough. Every day we get up, invent, adapt, improvise, find new ways to collaborate, and do the unexpected. We’re creators, makers and doers. Helping athletes make a difference, not just in their games, but in their lives and in their world. It’s an obsession.

We’ve been doing this for more than 65 years. With an unmatched history and tradition of creating iconic products, consumer connections and experiences, we’ve been defining sport culture since the beginning. And we’re never done. Come be a part of shaping the future together with us.

The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Specialist Concept Excellence
Team Product Development
Brand adidas
Location Portland
Country United States
Number 194105
Position Type Full time
Date Apr-12, 2019
Relocation no

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