Manager Apparel Technologies - Knit


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Manager Apparel Technologies - Knit, Adidas


Herzogenaurach /Bavaria, Germany







Full-time, Salary Unspecified

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This role is responsible for management of knit-related product creation technologies, and providing effective transition of knit designs from prototyping into production.  Also responsible for collaborating with vendors to explore opportunities related to knitting technologies, as well as management of complex and innovative designs and/or related product development processes.

Key Accountabilities: 

  • Specify new processes or set new standards for knit technologies
  • Drive the inception of new and innovative designs, components, processes, materials and concepts into a manufacturable and marketable finished product
  • Develop guidelines and handbooks on these processes/standards and manage their roll-out and implementation across all functions and business units
  • Proactively research new technologies and materials to drive innovation and communicate to Design , Marketing and the adidas Innovation Team on new potential development options
  • Communicates and coordinates all necessary knit-related information that supports on time activation for all assigned projects.
  • Ensure that new knit projects are engineered to cost and profitability targets.
  • Engineer workable prototypes which address desired attributes
  • Prototyping and implementation of new & innovative knit designs, components, processes, materials and concepts into a manufacturable and marketable finished product
  • Ensure that all knit components are fully tested to ensure adherence to adidas’ quality standards
  • Take ownership for the entire development process for assigned products, with an emphasis on quality product development and timely completion of all tasks in accordance with the applicable operating calendar
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with Business Units, Design, a.i.t., Materials Development and Supply, Quality, Costing, Product Creation Technology, Logistics and Sourcing Organization, managing designated projects to ensure on time activation performance.
  • Organizational tasks and communication responsibilities; use of the computerized Product Data Management System; e-mail and telephone communication world-wide and all related organizational requirements
  • Support and guide Developers in the Development teams in all aspects of knit development.

The Ideal Candidate

Knowledge, capabilities, and Experience: 

  • Extensive experience with knitting technologies (flat, warp, etc)
  • Strong project management skills
  • Technical training in footwear or apparel engineering and product development; industry experience
  • Computer literacy (MS Office)
  • Presentation skills
  • Fluent English language skills
  • Exposure to the latest in materials, components, processes, and concepts
  • Ability to understand 2D images in 3D
  • Ability to frequently travel to production sources and the terrain of testing


  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred
  2. 5 years minimum related work experience in the athletic footwear or apparel industry, specializing in product development, design and / or marketing.
  3. Proven record of accomplishment in the field of footwear development.

Questions from Adidas

  1. Do you have expereince with seamless warpknit?

Language skills

  1. English, Full professional proficiency

About Us

Employing more than 55,000 people in over 160 countries, we produce more than 778 million product units every year and generate sales of € 17 billion (all figures relate to 2015). These numbers alone can easily suggest that our Group is quite a complex organisation. True. But we keep things simple, lean and fast. And we will use this approach now to tell you what our company is all about. Ready ... set, go.

The brands of the adidas Group complement each other in a unique way to help athletes perform better, play better, feel better. Our products break records, set trends, make history. Every day. All over the world. Welcome to the adidas Group.

It is not only about faster shoes and fashion statements. Just as a shoe is more than padding and foam, there is more to us than just the product. Everything we do is bound by one simple thought: we strive to help you perform at your best. Your success is our ambition. Your defeat spurs us on to be better.

Our brands complement each other like the skills of an exceptionally gifted decathlete.

Our consumers’ brand love is based on our employees’ extraordinary passion for a sporting lifestyle. With dedication, commitment and team spirit, we continuously innovate to establish new benchmarks in everything we do. Shaping the sporting goods industry sustainably is more than a job. It’s our impulse, an attitude that is truly dear to our hearts. It drives us.