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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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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.