adidas Design Academy - Apparel Focus (f/m)

Herzogenaurach, Germany

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Want to work with a world leader in the sporting goods & fashion industry?

This could be the start of your exciting 24-month journey!
The adidas Design Academy, focused on Apparel design, includes multiple departmental rotations every 5-6 months, including one assignment abroad. You will also be able to gain cross-functional knowledge in a 4-week rotation with one of our Brand Design, Product Marketing or Development teams.
If you are open for us to send you to work in either our Global HQ in Herzogenaurach, Germany or our North American HQ in Portland, OR, USA, this is your chance!


Your key responsibilities:

Learn about what it takes to lead, drive, and change sport culture

Learn how to take a simple consumer insights and translate it into a compelling design concept

Submit designs and track them during the entire process, from prototype to development stage

Learn how to communicate your designs through highly technical and highly expressive drawings

Learn how to develop a design concept into reality

Learn how garment construction, materials and color can drive design perception and experience

Be ready to ask for and give feedback

Practice formally presenting your designs effectively to small and large groups across the organisation

Understand the role of Design in our business strategies and our organisation

Work together with international teams in design studios in Germany, Shanghai, Tokyo and the US


What you’ll bring to the role:

Simplicity in design



International experience and attitude

Exceptionally high degree of creativity

Passion for athletic, streetwear or fashion apparel

Strong ambition to work for a world leader in the sporting goods industry

Independent and highly innovative thinking

University degree in Industrial/Product Design/Apparel Design (preferable)

If not, convince us with your strong portfolio of why you should be our next future creator

Maximum 2 years of professional experience, through internships, freelance jobs or project work


What we’ll give you:

An international traineeship in a highly creative and diverse Design environment

The chance to be part of the adidas Future Craft movement

Senior Design leaders as mentors for the duration of the program

A chance to work with the best Designers in sport and fashion

Broad experience across various adidas products and categories

The exceptional benefits of working inside a leading global brand

Relocation support


Application Process

Think you should be in the running for the adidas Design Academy?

Please submit your application, including your strong design portfolio (maximum 3MB in size,) until January 15, 2018. Applicants from any global location or citizenship will be considered.
At the end of the application period, the most talented and promising designers will be selected to participate in a challenging Design Task. The top candidates from that Design task will then visit one of our global locations in March or April 2018, taking part in a live creative assessment center judge by our senior Design leaders (all costs will be covered by adidas). After the assessment center, we will determine the most suitable location for you.
This once-in-a-lifetime traineeship program will commence on October 1, 2018.


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