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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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THOMAS DUTSCHKE,

Shift Leader

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THOMAS DUTSCHKE,
Shift Leader

I’m a shift leader in the Foot Form-Sole department at the Görlitz location. In order to ensure error-free production I need to know the special processes behind the production of BIRKENSTOCK footbeds precisely. I’m the first point of contact for production employees if they have questions about individual work steps. To ensure seamless processes during my shift I also carry out staff scheduling and inspect our production equipment.  

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: I work for a financially sound company that produces excellent products. I am also able to offer my own ideas and am in contact with many different people.

My favorite model: I’m particularly fond of the Pasadena low shoe. It has a timeless look. But it also has an edgy style thanks to the blue, white and red versions.

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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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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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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.

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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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Dawid Baszak,

Deputy Shift Manager

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Dawid Baszak,
Deputy Shift Manager

As a deputy shift manager within the EVA Presses department at the Görlitz production plant, I have to know the workings of our production machinery like the back of my hand. Because when there’s a problem in the production process, things have to happen quickly, otherwise production will come to a standstill. My responsibilities also include shift planning. For this, I have to stay abreast not only of our production capacity utilization, but also of our stringent quality standards.










Why I like working at BIRKENSTOCK:
I like working for a company with such a long tradition and with products that focus on health and comfort. I also like the way we all work together. I talk to a lot of my coworkers on a daily basis and I’m happy to be able to help them.

My favorite model:
For me, the EVA Arizona in Scuba Blue is simply the perfect all-rounder. In the summer in particular, it can be worn on all kinds of occasions and is pleasantly light. This sandal even makes you look really stylish on the beach.

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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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Sascha Gilles,

Regional Sales Manager Southern Europe

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Sascha Gilles,
Regional Sales Manager Southern Europe

I oversee the company’s sales activities in Southern Europe. My responsibilities include boosting the company’s market presence in the various countries by organizing events involving retailers or by maintaining contact with key customers. To improve the sales process in general, it’s also very important that we meet the needs of the various stores and types of buyer as best we can. More than anything else, this means getting the products into the right sales channel at just the right time in each market. To achieve this, I coordinate the necessary processes with Production, Logistics, and our customers.










My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: You automatically develop a sense of commitment based on the great responsibility assigned to you, and you then grow with your responsibilities. With the company currently undergoing such rapid development, I find the work environment very exciting.

My favorite model: The suede Zürich. This shoe has a very particular look. For me, its timeless design makes it both classic and modern. In addition, suede and the color taupe are currently all the rage.

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Kai Abraham,

Team Leader

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Kai Abraham,
Team Leader

Working at the headquarters in Rahms, I lead the Finance & Administration department for our foreign distribution companies. Over the last two years, I helped with the organization of international branches. From establishing distribution companies to the transition to daily business, I am in close contact with internal and external partners in the local markets.  

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: My daily work constantly offers new tasks. So one day is never like the others. I also really enjoy the general nature of my area of activity.  

My favorite model: Is the Bartlett sneaker in green. It’s a really sporty leisure shoe. But it’s also chic and elegant, and I can wear it to work.