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 Product Management, at our location in Köln we are looking for a


Designer (m/w/d) Next Generation


  • Birkenstock’s success is based on one simple foundation: the footbed.
    With this footing (pun intended) in mind, we are still committed to organic
    and deliberate growth in both our products and our brand. As quality and
    functionality always come first, trends, fashion and zeitgeist come second.
    Of course, we are always interested in new developments that are in line
    with our philosophy, but we don’t rush things. If you think that’s a good
    approach to business and design, you’re the perfect fit to be a part of our
    design team.
  • In your day to day work, you develop creative concepts and design packs
    (from ideation to detailing), closely accompany the implementation,
    develop prototypes and enable sustainable brand development.
  • You will focus your work on making our collections more relevant for the so
    called Next Gen consumer who mainly shops in an athletic/sports lifestyle
  • Last but not least, you are a valuable contact person and sparring partner
    for the various internal and external interfaces (such as Product Line
    Management, Development, Markets, external design partners), exchange
    and develop ideas, optimise and ensure that our products continue to be
    successful as well as appreciated.



  • Degree in (Industrial) Design, Fashion or the Arts with many years of
    relevant working experience
  • Specialised in shoe construction and design
  • Experienced in the sports lifestyle/sneaker design business
  • Fluent in English
  • Strategic mind-set with strong focus on sustainable brand experience
  • Excellent presentation and communicaiton skills
  • Critical and innovative thinking, persuasive, resilient and diplomatic





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 Katharina Ostermann  +49 2683 9359 1639.

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