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 4,300 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 Design Team at our location in Cologne, we are looking for a




  • Your desire to design perfection rivals ours and you consistently and productively challenge the status quo, strive for new and exciting looks and solutions, with innovative ideas which merge our brand‘s fundamental functionality with the zeitgeist.
  • The information highway is your second home and you always keep up to date with consumer trends and research on our competitors, giving us valuable input.
  • You work holistically and interdisciplinary: From functional innovation to ideation/design concept, concept detailing, concept finalization and color design. From heel to tow, from the footbed to arches, from sketch to finished design. You are full-on involved in the design processes, utilize all functionalities of CAD, and work closely with the Product Line Management.
  • Your succinct understanding of the market requirements enables you to accompany the creation and fine-tuning of concept briefings.
  • In the same vein, you closely coordinate your work with the development department, internally and externally, and with your excellent presentation skill ensure that every person in the process understands your design and the necessary processes.



  • Education and/or studies in the creative field (industrial, fashion or shoe design)
  • Min. 5 years working experience
  • Know-how of footwear manufacturing methods, construction, and shoe design
  • Skills in graphic programs (Illustrator, Photoshop, etc) to a high standard, experience with 3D tools is an advantage
  • Fit in MS Office
  • Fluent in English, German is an advantage
  • Very good communication and presentation 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, including your earliest starting date and your annual salary expectation. If you have any further question, please contact Simone Hack (+49 221 310 835 231).