BIRKENSTOCK is a global lifestyle 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 15 locations in Germany, with privately owned distribution companies in Europe, Asia and the USA.


To strengthen our Finance team at our location in Cologne, we are looking for a


Head of Product Controlling (m/f/d)


  • In short: You take charge of our controlling and set us up for success! We can rely on your expertise and support regarding all product-related departments (Sourcing & Purchasing, Product Creation, Quality Management).
  • You delve deep into the life cycle of our products and are responsible for the financial monitoring and optimization of the value chain.
  • In the same analytic vein, you manage the annual strategic target and scorecard processes responsibly and ensure transparency in our global procurement activities.
  • Your ability to analyze complex situations allows you to identify relevant KPIs, you monitor the development of purchasing prices, prepare budgets, forecasts, and variance analyzes.
  • You use the insights you gain to derive recommendations for actions, to support the implementation and follow-up of defined measures, and to establish an informative reporting for the relevant stakeholders.
  • To make it future proof you closely collaborate on the implementation of SAP S/4HANA.
  • Drawing on your excellent communication and people skills, you support our Chief Product Officer and establish a three-person team which will directly report to the Director of Global Finance.



  • Successfully completed studies in economics or industrial engineering
  • Track record of professional experience in comparable positions with product relevance, ideally in an international manufacturing company
  • First management experience is a plus
  • Very good knowledge of MS Office, SAP R/3 (MM, CO, FI) and BI solutions; preferably also of SAP S/4HANA
  • Great German and English, both written and spoken
  • Confident appearance and strong communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial thinking and acting coupled with a hands-on mentality
  • Ability to combine the "world of numbers" with the "reality of the daily business”



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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