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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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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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Christina Kraemer,

Trainee Industrial Clerk

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Christina Kraemer,
Trainee Industrial Clerk

I am a trainee industrial clerk at BIRKENSTOCK. My training gives me the opportunity to take a peek behind the scenes in a number of departments within the company and to then ultimately specialize in the area I enjoy the most. I am therefore getting to know pretty much all of the company’s processes, from materials purchasing and production planning to the marketing and export of our shoes.










My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: It is a global enterprise. As I am personally interested in Japan, I am especially interested in the company’s developments in the Asian markets. Once I have completed my training, I would like to work internationally, contribute my language skills, and interact with customers and coworkers around the world.

My favorite model: Our classic model, the Arizona. I see it as a faithful friend throughout the year, whether you wear it barefoot in summer or together with our woolen socks in winter. I especially like the metallic designs.

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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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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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Daniela Essig,

Project Manager Retail

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Daniela Essig,
Project Manager Retail

As an expansion project manager in the retail area, I oversee the creation of new retail space – from the conclusion of the rental agreement to the opening of the store. In doing so, I plan the expansion of our own stores. But I also oversee the integration of the BIRKENSTOCK store concept in the stores of our franchise partners. Thanks to the strong growth we’ve been experiencing, I frequently visit German and international stores. I’m responsible for coordinating with the architects and carrying out all other duties that arise until the final building inspection is conducted.

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK:
When I started, I was initially responsible for coordinating branch orders. Within a year, however, I was taking on increasingly more responsibility. Then I had the opportunity to switch to project management.

My favorite model:
Is the Bartlett sneaker. It’s both sporty and chic. You can wear it year-round. I like the black or white version of this shoe the best. They’re the most versatile.

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Shelly Glasgow,

Director of Product Merchandising

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Shelly Glasgow,
Director of Product Merchandising

I work in Novato, California, and I just celebrated my 20th anniversary at BIRKENSTOCK USA. I started as a store manager, then became a brand manager and for the past five years I’ve been Director of Product Merchandising. In this position, I’m responsible for ensuring that our products meet the market requirements in the US. At the same time, I have to make sure that our collection always fits well with the brand, that it is in keeping with the latest trends and that it is financially successful as well.

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: Because I know that our products improve the lives of many people over the long term I really enjoy what I do each and every day.

My favorite model: For me, the Arizona is a technical and design marvel. With its simple, clear lines it looks great. And many people will find the unique strap design to be the ideal complement to their style. We offer our customers shoes that both look good and are good for them.

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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.

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Sarid Bara,

Senior Application Specialist SAP

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Sarid Bara,
Senior Application Specialist SAP

I am a senior application specialist SAP BW, at BIRKENSTOCK’s SAP Competence Center. With my business intelligence applications, I help the management to connect and evaluate information from the day-to-day business, to make decisions easier for them. To this end, I develop tailored reporting solutions in consultation with the various departments. The analysis of the data collected in this way allows company processes to be improved.

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK:
Thanks to the company’s international growth, I can build up new IT systems and business processes from scratch. At the same time, our team advises the coworkers in the various departments. This represents a great opportunity for me to develop both personally and professionally.

My favorite model:
The Bartlett in brown suits me best. And you can wear a trendy and casual sneaker on all sorts of occasions.

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Lena Grote,

Junior Product Manager

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Lena Grote,
Junior Product Manager

As a Junior Product Manager in Legwear & Accessories, I ensure the continuous development of the collection in this product area. In addition to socks, the collection also includes, for example, scarves, caps and bags. After the decision regarding the new designs has been made, I see to it that our sales department is provided with the collection and sales patterns. In order to process the subsequent orders, I work closely with our procurement department and the sales force. 

My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: The flat hierarchies ensure a pleasant work atmosphere. If there are questions, everyone is always helpful. Being part of the creation of a collection right from the start is not only enormously interesting, but also a lot of fun! 

My favorite model: at the moment are all of the “Fashion Fade” products in the current autumn/winter collection in the Legwear & Accessories department. In addition to knee-high socks, this also includes ankle warmers, caps and scarves.