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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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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question of planning and realizing investments correctly so that the technical production infrastructure doesn’t become outdated.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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.