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 4,300 employees, BIRKENSTOCK is the German shoe industry’s largest employer. BIRKENSTOCK has 16 locations in Germany, with privately owned distribution companies in Europe, Asia and the USA.

For our division Product Creation at our location in Cologne we are looking for a


Product Development Manager (m/f/d)

limited to 2 years



  • You create product concepts, always with a special focus on technical feasibility, quality, cost efficiency and customer requests
  • You implement innovation and newness into feasible concepts and push interfaces for new ways of working. And you do this in very close alignment with our teams for material development, purchasing, engineering and innovation
  • As (product) project manager you oversee the prototyping and sampling on the technical side of the organization and monitor the progress
  • For our Product Line Management and design you function as reality checker, consultant and sparring partner – right from the start of a new seasonal product project
  • Lastly, you enable and manage a strong internal network to work effectively across functions and departments



  • Degree / training in production / development process and/or design (ideally in the shoe industry)
  • First experience in shoe production, shoe development or design
  • Work experience in molding and sole construction; functional know-how in shoe construction, orthopedics or biomechanics is beneficial
  • Experience in project management
  • Fit in MS Office
  • Fluent in business English is a must, German a plus
  • Hands-on-mentality and pragmatic realism
  • Very good standing; unafraid to be critical or play the squeaky wheel
  • Passion for (technical) details
  • Strong drive for implementation as well as delivery on time and in full



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!

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