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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!