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The BIRKENSTOCK family – good, together.

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Working at BIRKENSTOCK is a job like no other. There’s good reason to work here. We make the world just a little bit better – with sustainable products that allow people to feel good. And we’re constantly growing. Everyone individually and the company as a whole.
And there’s a lot to be done. What do you see yourself doing here?

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DORIS GRÜNDER,

Team Leader

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DORIS GRÜNDER,
Team Leader

I work at the Bernstadt location in the Linings, Punching and Stamping department. This is where all of the necessary information is stamped on the footbed so our customers can find exactly the right shoe for them. As team leader, I coordinate the work processes of 33 employees and I constantly need to find quick solutions to ensure that the production process is seamless. This makes it possible to produce our shoes as fast as possible, which ultimately benefits our customers. 

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: I’ve worked at a well-known German company for more than 25 years. I’m always happy to see people on the street wearing our excellent products. But what I find really nice is that I can always offer my own ideas for improving daily work. I did this recently during the reorganization of our product area into production lines. 

My favorite model: Is the Dorothy sandal in black. It’s a light summer shoe that you can also wear when you go out. I also like the Sofia model. I find the soft footbed incorporated in the sole particularly comfortable.

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Carla Heitz,

Head of Business Development

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Carla Heitz,
Head of Business Development

I am head of Business Development at Birkenstock Digital in Munich. My team and I are responsible for ensuring that our customers around the world can buy our entire product range from our online shop. This involves our working closely with the digital teams in New York and Tokyo. In addition to this being highly enjoyable, we are able to learn a great deal from one another and therefore to help each other improve.










My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: Our work is very agile and global, and we are continuously realizing exciting projects. No two days are the same. I also think the brand is great – it’s made for both young and old, and is worn everywhere, from Sydney and Hong Kong to Vancouver. I had my first Birkenstocks at the age of four.

My favorite model: It's the Madrid, because it comes in a variety of materials and colors, such as the conventional look in leather or the Shiny Snake design made of Birko-Flor. This gives me just the right shoe for every outfit.

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Malgorzata Krasicka,

Process & Data Management

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Malgorzata Krasicka,
Process & Data Management

I work in the Process and Data Management department at the production plant in Görlitz. I assist the production areas with their day-to-day work with SAP. For example, I make sure the master data is entered correctly and I correct mistakes that might happen when goods movements are logged. Our data analysis helps us improve the production workflows. Due to the company’s growth, the processes and the data are increasing, too. And those have not only to be combined correctly but also monitored precisely.










My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK:Our department hasn’t been around for all that long so the workflows aren’t too rigid yet. I see this as quite a challenge because it means I can play my part in implementing new processes and developing new solutions together with my team. This motivates me again and again and it allows me to gather a great deal of valuable experience.

My favorite model:The classic Arizona. This elegant sandal goes with any outfit and it comes in all sorts of different combinations, so there’s something suitable for every occasion. In summer, I especially like to wear the trendy metallic version. And in winter, my preference is the Arizona with a lambskin footbed together with a pair of our BIRKENSTOCK socks.

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Klaus Noll,

Director Technology

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Klaus Noll,
Director Technology

I am responsible for the entire production division’s investment budget. It’s primarily a question of planning and realizing investments correctly so that the technical production infrastructure doesn’t become outdated. My knowledge of mechanical engineering means I can assess the benefits that innovations in the field of automation technology can offer the company. I am assisted with this by my team, which consists of engineers and technicians. Thanks to ongoing exchange with the technical service staff at our sites, I am also always in the know regarding our current equipment needs. This allows me to ideally pave the way for the necessary modernizations and make us competitive.










My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: I like working for a medium-sized enterprise that produces brand name products which are very popular and in great demand all over the world. My international area of responsibility offers me a great deal of freedom and creative free rein. I also get a lot of satisfaction out of my constructive interactions with my team and my other colleagues.

My favorite model: It's the Arizona with an oiled leather upper. As the surface is untreated, each shoe develops its own characteristic look over time. I have been wearing this model for quite some time now, as it’s so comfy – and I am now totally trendy as a result, too.

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Harm Brinkhoff,

Senior Product Manager Classic

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Harm Brinkhoff,
Senior Product Manager Classic

I am Senior Product Manager Classic at the BIRKENSTOCK office in Cologne. My most import role is to lead the design and product development efforts for the BIRKENSTOCK Classic line for women and men. Thus I am responsible for strategically expanding the product range. This means I have to develop various offerings for our customers in suitable price categories and designs. New models have to be appealing for our distribution points, the loyal customers as well as the new ones.










My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: The position I currently hold gives me the ideal chance to combine my professional background as an industrial footwear designer, orthopedic device specialist and product manager in the fast fashion sector. Therefore I have the right feeling within the product development process to perfectly balance the aspects of design and functionality. In this way I can help many people to achieve their personal well-being through my daily work.

My favorite model: Zurich! The ideal combination between the open and the closed sandal.

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Daniel Gaida,

Working Student Event Marketing

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Daniel Gaida,
Working Student Event Marketing

I am a working student in the Event Marketing department. I assist my department with all the tasks that need to be seen to, from event planning to implementation, to make sure that everything runs smoothly and the events are a success. For the big events, I often handle specific areas, while in the case of smaller events, I am sometimes allowed to realize them essentially on my own after consultation. The highlight for me so far was our appearance at Paris Fashion Week. I was responsible for planning the logistics processes, coordinating the service providers, and managing the collection stocks in Paris. 

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK:I was incorporated into the team’s activities fully right from the start. On my second day, I found myself working at a trade fair already and I was allowed to handle many things independently even during my mandatory internship for my study course. I get to go to a lot of places and have the opportunity to be involved in interesting events. 

My favorite model: The premium model Arizona Leathersole in anthracite. The footbed of this sandal is covered in leather, too, so the sandals look extra stylish, feel especially comfortable and also fit my favorite color.

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Satoshi Kurita,

Product Development & Engineering

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Satoshi Kurita,
Product Development & Engineering

I’m a Technical Developer, ensuring that our design ideas become real shoes. On the path from prototype to fully developed product, there are a lot of aspects that have to be balanced. So I have to understand the requirements of both sides, both production and design, and follow the entire development process. For the development of prototypes in our growing line of closed shoes, I work especially closely with my colleagues and the manufacturers in Portugal.

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: I’m originally from Japan, but I moved to Germany to become a master orthopedic shoemaker. Since finishing my shoe design studies at Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion and the master craftsman examination in Germany, BIRKENSTOCK has consistently provided me with exciting tasks that require a technical solution.

My favorite model: At the moment is the Estevan, a closed shoe. After recently completing development of this shoe, I now wear it all the time – it’s absolutely comfortable! 

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Jana Majewski,

Dual Education Student

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Jana Majewski,
Dual Education Student

I am taking a dual studies course with BIRKENSTOCK with the focus on logistics management. My first work placement is therefore directly at the logistics plant in Vettelschoß, where I am gaining an insight into the various processes during my first practical training period. This gives me a better understanding of the actual day-to-day work behind all the technical terms. I will steadily work my way around all the different stations of a logistics department before I get my bachelor’s degree. This will give me the full picture of everything from incoming goods and export to supply chain planning. The practical insights complement the business administration courses at the European University of Applied Sciences in Brühl nicely. For me, this is the perfect way to start my career!

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK:
I felt comfortable here right from the start. Throughout the company, I encounter people who are open to talking and I feel right at home here. So I enjoy going to work, even though I have to get up very early in the morning.

My favorite model:
The Gizeh in brown natural leather. It’s simply a great, airy summer shoe that you can slip on quickly.

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Johannes Pflamminger,

Web Analyst & Search Engine Advertising Manager

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Johannes Pflamminger,
Web Analyst & Search Engine Advertising Manager

I am a Web analyst and search engine advertising manager at Birkenstock digital. Working in our Munich office, I analyze visits to the online shop pages in more than 20 countries. This allows me to determine how satisfied the customers are with our shop. I am also always looking for ways to improve it. What’s especially important here is the main way in which the customers end up on the website and the items or content that they are most interested in. There are different preferences here in each of the various countries, and we obviously try to reflect these as best we can in what we offer. As any changes we make affect user behavior almost in real time, precise coordination ahead of the changes with a large number of other divisions within the company is crucial.










My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: I like working at BIRKENSTOCK because I can very much relate to what the brand stands for. Natural materials and a healthy lifestyle are things that matter to me. I also have nice colleagues who contribute the expertise they have gathered during their various career steps to our joint projects. And even with this wealth of experience, there is nonetheless a definite start-up spirit at work.

My favorite model: I already owned a pair of classic Arizonas when I joined BIRKENSTOCK. Since then, I’ve bought other models, too – in light brown natural leather, in blue Birko-Flor, and a very stylish bright orange pair made of EVA. And the best thing is that I can wear these shoes to work every day.