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 16 locations in Germany, with privately owned distribution companies in Europe, Asia and the USA.


For our Quality Management Team in Cologne we are looking for a


Product Safety Manager (m/f/d)



  • “Safety First" is your motto and thanks to your comprehensive expertise, our material and product safety achieves top marks.
  • Your main focus lies on taking responsibility for our testing concept for legal compliance with chemical requirements regarding harmful substances, for which you further continuously develop testing and monitoring systems.
  • Material and product risks are close to your heart, and you can assess them precisely and coordinate the appropriate measures.
  • You will also competently and reliably clarify any legal issues regarding the safe marketing of our products in cooperation with our legal department.
  • Acting as a central interface, you advise our production sites on test results and the usability of materials, and, furthermore, support specialty departments such as purchasing and product development in quality issues.
  • Communication is one of your great strengths and you use this when representing "your" cause, e.g., in technical committees and working groups.



  • Degree in a chemical or technical field of study (e.g., food chemistry, clothing technology)
  • Professional experience in a laboratory, testing institute or in the consumer goods industry, ideally in the field of footwear and clothing
  • Knowledge of common analytical methods and standards
  • Experience in product safety and corresponding know-how of legislation and legal assessment of consumer goods (e.g., REACH, consumer goods law)
  • Fit in MS Office
  • Good English language skills, German skills are an advantage
  • Solution-oriented and communicative team player with a self-reliant and reliable way of working



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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