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Location:  Fürth, Germany     Temporary to 2024

The adidas FUTURE team is currently looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals wanting to join us as we revolutionise the industry towards a more sustainable future. Through an exciting new brand sustainability initiative we want to hire the best talents to join our high performing team in our effort to disrupt the way we manufacture, develop and communicate our product. The adidas FUTURE team is a collaborative group of dedicated teams focused on footwear, apparel, hardware and manufacturing projects, driven to create the best for the athlete and the planet. As a FUTURE team member you will become an active player in the adidas brand and will experience a unique opportunity to apply your competence towards advanced company projects.

Do you have the ambition to go ‘all in’ and apply your skills towards innovating new materials, processes and technologies for sustainable high-performance sports product? Can you drive cross functional projects by employing excellent organisational skills and practically applying materials and textile expertise? Do you want to help shape the future of sport by helping to shape the way we make product? Are you interested in providing the consumers of the future a new way to experience the adidas brand through your technical expertise? Have you ever dreamed about applying your potential to create high level sport products for yourself, for your friends, or the world’s top athletes?

Role Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:
Develop market leading sustainable concepts, components, products and processes, as a part of a team who improve brand competitiveness through product and technology leadership and enable adidas to deliver added value to consumers and athletes.

Key Responsibilities:
• Coordinate multi-disciplinary efforts from creative, legal, strategy, retail, communications, marketing and engineering teams to deliver high-performing materials, processes and technologies for sustainable sports products
• Initiate internal and external projects, applying knowledge of materials and textile processes to enable technologies that provide greater engineering or design freedom
• Maintain project continuity and support as an idea progresses from initial concept stages through transfer to internal teams for commercialization
• Direct innovative projects, set project objectives, define project phases, and use project resources economically to deliver practical results
• Collaborate on sustainable innovation projects with relevant internal stakeholders to evaluate the environmental and consumer impact of innovative technologies and products

Additional Responsibilities:
• Educate and train colleagues by sharing knowledge on an on-going basis
• Prepare concept and results-based reports and presentations, communicating to technical and non-technical audiences
• Stay connected to relevant current and upcoming research, technologies, methods, and industry trends. Build an effective information network
• Identify and partner with industry-leading organizations to extend the capability of the team
• Consider legal implications of innovative concepts, working with the legal team to protect product, technology, innovation, process, and design

Profile:
• Curiosity for science and engineering along with a passion for making insights in the field of sport
• Passion for sustainability and experience in applying materials/textile knowledge to drive the sustainability aspect of projects
• University degree in a relevant engineering/science field
• 6 years of working experiences
• Fluent English (required), German (advantageous)
• Communicate and negotiate effectively
• Cooperate well, develop and maintain relationships
• Work independently as well as part of a team
• Plan working time efficiently, balancing short term tasks with long term goals
• Strong analytical skills, solution driven and result oriented
• Ability to travel domestically and internationally

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