Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation :
This role contributes to adidas’ mission to be the best sports company in the world by leading the execution and evaluation of performance product tests with devices as well as performance measurements with athletes in the lab and in the field, and translating the results into recommendations for new product developments and validation.
In addition, this role drives internal and external research to ensure best in class testing procedures and world class biomechanical and physiology knowledge.
Key Responsibilities :
Concept Testing (operational)
Plan and execute all kinds of physical performance oriented product tests (using appropriate equipment) and human performance tests (in a sport science lab environment and in the field) within the given timelines and according to the latest testing standards
Plan and execute studies in the specific environments leveraging sensors and other aspects of our lab-2-field initiatives
Evaluate, track and analyse test results and write scientific reports, summaries and presentations. Communicate results through comprehensive presentations or other means to the BU cross functional partners (in APP and FTW respectively)
Translate and implement test results into recommendations for product and concept development
Ensure proper data management and storage in the respective systems (i.e. TRO & aTP) on time and in accurate format
Intitiate continuous development of the testing process through the development of new test methods or equipment to assess new technologies
Collaborate with Concept Excellence team members to leverage knowledge from other Advanced Concepts and categoriy specific work and explore and define specific research projects
Mentor team members and cross functional partners to develop specific performance and research understanding
Participate in the evaluation of Advanced Concepts projects aligned with Gear-Up 2.0 plan and ensure transfer of all relevant concept performance information abnd learnings to BU-teams prior and during transistion / handover to increase for success
Concept Testing (tactical)
Develop a strategic research and testing plan aligned with Gear-Up 2.0 plans and ambitions
Drive continuous research and exploration using broad and deep sport science knowledge
Leverage existing and build a strong network creating new partnerships and forging new ways of working with key internal and external partners
Initiate and drive new research and consulting projects with world class universities, start-ups and consulting groups to deliver best in class testing and products
Create expert knowledge of biomechanics and / or physiology within key business partners to support performance driven products
Execute and drive key initiatives and projects for product innovation and improvement
Act as Testing Ambassador by proactively meeting with key stakeholders to understand long-term performance needs, elevate testing with valued presence and expertise and strengthen collaboration and support beyond creation calendars
Consult x-functional teams on performance related issues and communicate product opportunities and business risks
Participate in and contribute to consumer centric testing projects and open source meetings to identify athlete needs related to best product performance
Drive testing enhancements through research / exploration linked to business needs
Provide input and contribute to defining the future direction of performance testing during line reviews to ensure success integration of new products in targeted seasons
Prepare concept and results-based reports and presentations, communicating to technical and non-technical audiences
Resolve or escalate project issues / risks based on expertise
Drive training and education with key stakeholders for what biomechanics, physiology and performance testing are and what features they offer for the Gear-Up 2.0
Strategize on ways to improve performance testing of product through organizational and process viewpoints
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :
Ability to think on a tactical and operational level at the same time
Strong biomechanical and / or physiology knowledge and how that relates to product performance and development
Strong problem-solving skills
Curiosity for science and technology with a passion for making insights in
Strong networking abilities
Ability to understand scientific and complex information and synthesize comprehensible insights to various skillsets
Good communication, organizational and presentation skills
Computer literacy (word, excel, powerpoint) with the ability to analyse and understand large datasets, programming skills preferred
Demonstrate the ability to work independently and within a team atmosphere
Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications :
PhD or Master’s degree in biomechanics, physiology, (bio)mechanical engineering, or equivalent
Minimum 5 years of progressive working experience (2 with PhD)
At adidas we have a winning culture. But to win, physical power is not enough. Just like athletes our employees need mental strength in their game.
We foster the athlete s mindset through a set of behaviors that we want to enable and develop in our people and that are at the core of our unique company culture the 3Cs : CONFIDENCE, COLLABORATION and CREATIVITY.
CONFIDENCE allows athletes to make quick decisions on the field, to reach higher. For us at adidas confidence means acknowledging that we don’t have all the answers.
But we are willing to take risks, we try new things. And if we fail, then this is part of our learning it helps us improve.
COLLABORATION . Every elite athlete relies on partners : coaches, teammates, and nutritionists. We, too, know that we are stronger together.
Winning as one team takes open and candid dialogue, inclusiveness and trust in each other’s abilities and talents.
Being the best sports company in the world takes CREATIVITY . No great athlete succeeds by copying their predecessors’ training plans and strategies.
We have to be open to new ideas, explore, gain an edge and stand out. Only then can we succeed.
adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.