Footwear Textile Innovation Specialist


Zurich, CH
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Manufacturing
  • Post Date: 03/05/2021
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  • Company Address: Pfingstweidstrasse 106, Zurich, 8005

About On

On was founded by Olivier Bernhard, a three-time World Duathlon Champion, and two fellow running enthusiasts, David Allemann and Caspar Coppetti, who sought to build a better running shoe.

Job Description

At a Glance:

Contribute to On's material innovation by applying your footwear material expertise into strategic product development programs. You will get the chance to carry out research and development in materials that fuel the overall material development efforts ultimately driving new material innovations to On products. You will strategically develop materials that support brand direction for key concept products.

Your Team:

On’s Innovation team is responsible for On’s future innovation, out-of-the-box thinking and the outstanding athlete-informed technology that differentiates On footwear from all other footwear product in the market. By joining the On Innovation Team, you will have the opportunity to be part of an agile and interdisciplinary team of experts in the areas of engineering and sports science.

Your Mission:

  • Be part of On’s innovation team and work on Footwear textile innovation to develop the textiles of tomorrow.
  • Explore new textile manufacturing technologies that will improve the comfort and performance of On’s footwear.
  • Work on sustainable solutions to reduce On’s carbon footprint. In collaboration with the sustainability team you will innovate, by injecting immediate implementations into the product as well as reaching high for our ambitious roadmap.
  • Create and manage new and existing collaborations with leading partners and suppliers in specific technologies such a weaving, knitting, material vendors and research institutes to successfully implement technologies into production.
  • Collaborate on new innovative material design solutions in line with On’s design direction
  • Collaborate closely with the Design, Development and Innovation team as well as our founders.

Your Story:

  • BSc/MSc in textile/material engineering/design or polymer science.
  • At least 4 years’ progressive work experience in athletic footwear industry with strong focus on textile development 
  • Good experience with material/textile manufacturing (knitting technologies, weaving etc)
  • Good knowledge with different engineering disciplines (mechanical testing, manufacturing technologies and sourcing)
  • Strong eye for sustainability, material design and aesthetics as well as global trends
  • Proficient with MS Office, Adobe Suite as a plus
  • Fluent in English; any other European language is a plus

What we offer:

We offer a dynamic, challenging and sportive environment that has been ranked as the ‘fastest growing sports company’ of its time. With offices across the globe, we are an international team who is hungry to innovate and build something incredible. We foster an active environment where each individual thrives for excellence and can achieve their full potential. This is where your work matters, you’re hands-on and your team members are amongst the very best in their respective disciplines and fields. 

If you are driven to bring On to the next level, curious about the opportunity and want to be part of our growing team send us your application, and join the ONiverse!

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This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.