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 5,200 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 Werke ,at our location in St. Katharinen we are looking for a


First Line Manager (m/f/d) - Quality Management



  • Develops, implements, and maintains Quality vision & direction.
  • Generates Quality metrics and leads improvement.
  • Utilizes process audits, CAPA, systems audits, corrective/preventive action to continuously improve product.
  • Responsible for the visibility of and communication about quality metrics plantwide. Generates reports as needed.
  • Leads Quality plant and corporate communications for qualifications, complaints, audits, and onsite visits. Communicates key quality information to appropriate internal personnel.
  • Develops an annual Quality Improvement Plan. Executes and tracks progress toward plan achievement. Reports results and helps lead the management/business review process.
  • Implements, maintains, and audits plant quality systems, processes, procedures in accordance with current Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Develops and maintains test methods to meet inspection needs.
  • Manages daily Quality department activities. This includes the supervision and development of personnel, Quality control, Quality inspection, Lab´s, and traceability records.
  • Plant Measurement Systems Analysis, Quality Assurance training records and lot inspection/approval.
  • Manages customer specifications and ensures updates are made based upon process capability data. Implements and ensures plant adheres to customer specifications. Takes corrective actions for incapable specification internally and with customer. Also manages the deviation process until specifications on issues are resolved.
  • Identifies Quality risks to plant and corporate leadership.
  • Participates in the standardization and development of quality systems.



  • Technical & Quality Degree required. Overall applicable work experience may be considered as value to fit for role.
  • 8-years of experience in Quality Systems required.
  • Must have strong knowledge in statistics and manufacturing systems.
  • Computer systems knowledge: experience with Microsoft products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) preferred.
  • Footwear & Garment industry knowledge and experience is preferred.
  • Certifications Preferred: Auditor, Quality Manager, Quality Engineer, Lead Assessor (ISO), Lean & Six Sigma tools.
  • Experience in supervision of production, staff personnel and lab management are preferred.
  • Green Belt/Black Belt trained and certified preferred.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills required.
  • Ability to analyze, direct, and prioritize required.
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to lead a team.



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 Michelle Klein (+492645 135-140).

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