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 13 locations in Germany, with company headquarters in Neustadt (Wied) and privately owned distribution companies in Europe, Asia and the USA.


For our division Quality Management, at our location in Köln we are looking for a


Director (m/f/d) Quality Management


  • You review, plan, implement and steer our company-wide product quality management system (across the fields of in-house production, contract manufacturing, raw materials, components and finished goods) and lead your team of around 15 people.
  • In detail, you are responsible for the end-to-end processes regarding quality management policies and material standards in addition to product declaration requirements and lab management.
  • Furthermore, you collaborate closely with our factories, product creation, sourcing and engineering along the whole product development process and manage the bulk-ready process as approvals.
  • Of course, you as well select and manage suppliers, inspect raw materials and finished goods, and monitor plus assess quality related risk.
  • Last but not least, you are able to efficiently plan and monitor QM cost centers (e. g. lab, staff and travel budget).



  • University degree in engineering/applied sciences/quality management
  • Long years of working experience in various QM related positions – ideally in the shoe, apparel or sporting goods industry
  • Skilled in project & process management and supplier management
  • Profound knowledge of quality standards and certification
  • Fluent in English and ideally German
  • Strategic as well as detail-oriented mind-set and pragmatism
  • Excellent interdisciplinary and international communication and moderation skills
  • Strong decision-making ability



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 question, please contact Marc Endert +49 2683 9359 1656.

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