Somewhere, in one of our workshops right now, the future is taking shape. We are constantly working to redefine the way clothing and footwear transforms the pitch, court or course.
This is what drives us : the feeling of discovery and the urge to innovate. When we create a product that makes our hearts beat faster, we know we™re onto something.
If this sounds inspiring, you might be one of us : Someone who loves to create the present, as well as shape the future.
There™s a reason adidas has been at the forefront of defining sport for more than 60 years : We never stand still. Everyday, we work to improve everything we create.
At adidas, interesting, amazing and inspiring aren™t just ideas. They are what we do every single day.
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
Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications :
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.