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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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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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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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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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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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Inga Grimme,

Store Manager Hamburg

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Inga Grimme,
Store Manager Hamburg

I am a BIRKENSTOCK store manager and I oversee the day-to-day activities at the store in Hamburg. My responsibilities include giving our customers in-depth advice so that they leave the store with the best possible fit and just the right shoe. I am also responsible for managing the employees and motivating them by means of staff appraisals, and for optimum staff scheduling. I am always here for the staff if they wish to talk about something and it’s very important to me that there’s a pleasant atmosphere within the team. Because that’s something our customers pick up on, too. I also see to it that the store looks appealing and that the products are perfectly presented in the selling space.










My advantage at BIRKENSTOCK: I like working at BIRKENSTOCK because I grew up with the brand and can very much relate to it. When selling our products, I’m always delighted when I’m able to convince others of the excellent comfort of our shoes.

My favorite model: Definitely the Arizona! There are some other models I like, too, of course, but the Arizona is definitely way out in front. It’s available in so many different colors that you can never have enough of them. My latest buy was the BIRKENSTOCK x Colette Arizona Polka Dots Blue – I absolutely love it!

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Sascha Gilles,

Regional Sales Manager Southern Europe

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Sascha Gilles,
Regional Sales Manager Southern Europe

I oversee the company’s sales activities in Southern Europe. My responsibilities include boosting the company’s market presence in the various countries by organizing events involving retailers or by maintaining contact with key customers. 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 responsibility 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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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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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.