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 Product Development division, at our location in Cologne, we are looking for a 


(Junior) Product Development Manager (m/f/d) (temporary - 2 years contract)

Your Tasks:

  • … are to set us apart from everyone else:
  • You develop innovative and attractive product concepts aimed at the consumer wishes, always with technical feasibility, quality and cost efficiency in mind.
  • Alongside your own ideas, you enable your colleagues to shine with theirs, consult and reality check with the Product Line Manager and drive as well as monitor technological progress.
  • You manage the prototyping and sampling through the technical part of the organization, implement new innovations and concepts to drive your team to see new ways of doing things (together with the material development, purchasing, engineering and innovation team).
  • In everything you do, you know that communication is key and thus make sure everything runs smoothly across all departments.



Your Profile:

  • University degree / vocational training in product development, production, manufacturing or similar 
  • First working experience with different materials and product development processes, know-how with a “Product Lifecycle Management System” is advantageous 
  • Fit in MS Office
  • Team player, able to build strong inter- and outer-departmental relationships 
  • Curious, creative, pragmatic and innovative thinker
  • Fluent in German and English


We offer

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.