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 Global Sourcing and Purchasing, at our location in Köln we are looking for a


Tannery Specialist


• You establish, initiate and analyse a contract tannery concept, work up a Birkenstock tanning recipe, evaluate contract tanneries and implement quality standards.

• In your new position you also analyse the raw material market, develop the suppliers‘ quality, evaluate new partners and establish standardised leather guidelines.

• Furthermore, you participate actively in creating the leather-procurement strategy, and manage the onboarding of new and existing partners.

• Last but not least you are responsible not only for trouble-shooting but for the claim management of suppliers.



• Completed studies or finished apprenticeship in leather business

• Several years of work experience in tannery or leather business

• Functional know-how within the shoe business appreciated

• Commercial background helpful

• Skilled in MS Office

• Strong English communication skills are a must, German is a plus

• Solution-driven, independent and stress resistant teamplayer with organisational skills

• Willingness to travel



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.