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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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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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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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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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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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Sascha Gilles,

Regional Manager

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Sascha Gilles,
Regional Manager

I oversee the company’s sales activities in the markets France, Italy, Portugal and Malta. My responsibilities include boosting the company’s market presence in the various countries or 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 tasks and responsibilities 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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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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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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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.