BIRKENSTOCK is a global footwear brand that stands for quality, function and all-round well-being. The historic roots of this long-standing family-run company can be traced back to the year 1774. Nowadays, the product portfolio comprises sandals and closed shoes, accessories, natural cosmetics as well as beds and sleep systems. With more than 5,500 employees, BIRKENSTOCK is the German shoe industry’s largest employer. BIRKENSTOCK has sixteen locations in Germany, with privately owned distribution companies in Europe, Asia and the USA.
For our division Innovation, Professional, Orthopedics , at our location in Cologne , we are looking for a

Development Manager (m/f/d) Innovation Footwear


Be a pioneer of tomorrow’s technical footwear solutions and manage new technical solutions all the way through ideation, planning, prototyping, 3D construction, mold making, preproduction, and bulk-ready process
You focus especially on mold making and PU-related projects and tightly steer internal and external tool-making partners (own mold shop, external tool-engineering offices, external mold makers)
You focus on the establishment of new (out of the box) constructions and components specialized in Professional Footwear, Orthopedic Products and Shoes
You manage component developments with material suppliers from testing the sample material to production feasibility
You take on responsibility for your projects and activate all relevant and needed resources of the organization to achieve the defined goals by using your project management skills
Your curiosity about products, technical developments and production methods on the market enriches the innovation team and opens up new possibilities to create new products


Successfully completed vocational training or degree (or both) in a technical field e.g., shoe or industrial manufacturing
Min. 5 years of working experience in the shoe, orthopedic or professional industry (or related)
Knowledge about biomechanics, orthopedic needs, footwear functionality production technologies
Know-how of footwear manufacturing methods, construction and materials
Basic knowledge about orthopedic and biomechanic principles
Skills in data management software (e.g., SAP) and project management
Fit in MS Office
Fluent in English, German is an advantage
Very good communication and networking skills
Willingness to travel


BIRKENSTOCK offers you all the advantages of a successful, fast growing, global company: dynamic work environment, considerable design freedom, authentic and open corporate culture and excellent development opportunities.
Sounds exciting? It is. We are looking forward to receiving your online application, stating your salary expectations! If you have any further questions, please contact Chloé Gouysse +49 175 209 46 88
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