In short

As a Footwear Materials Coordinator, you will drive performance materials to the next level of technology in line with ON’s materiality vision. You will focus on the material development, technicalities and production capabilities, aligning to short/medium term goals as well the longer term material strategy. You will be based Hanoi (or Vietnam North) and support the Zurich HQ teams in the execution of materials on footwear from development stage through to production. You will report into the Head of Footwear Sourcing Asia as well as having constant communication with the Asia Development teams.

Your Mission

  • Manage end-to-end material sourcing based on On’s sourcing strategy. Identify, develop and  manage material suppliers and technical material support to analyze lead time and process (e.g. sourcing policies, quality standards and best target prices) in accordance to HQ material direction, HQ briefs and On’s Product Development Center and its factories.

  • Manage relationship with supplier top management team, Influence the management culture and drive performance.

  • Evaluate and aim for material-specific targets in regards to the On sustainability roadmap as well as identify opportunities for gains in material performance, sustainability and efficiency.

  • Support Toolbox initiatives: Select, review and update the core and seasonal material toolboxes as well as the IT based PLM system. Support the Material libraries management in ON’s Vietnam locations. 

  • Liaise and align with laboratory on physical testing criteria and standards. Oversee that all materials are tested and approved by QA while problem solving and advising on material improvements through understanding of yarns, material structures and polymers.

  • Build and foster strong relationships and communicative channels with material suppliers and chemical vendors. Track and manage strategic suppliers based on individual vendor profiles: Strategic and In-Line.

  • Engage with Planning and factories to communicate seasonal material forecasts to suppliers and liaise with Design, Product Development, (HQ & ASIA) Product Management, Innovation, and Sustainability teams, on sample specifications and delivery.

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Your story

  • You've got a degree in Footwear Textile Sciences, Textile Engineering/Technology, but you're not ready to stop learning just yet.

  • A real expert in your field, you’ve worked in global footwear industry, or relevant industry, for at least 5 years, within Asia suppliers.

  • Affinity for Footwear design and technology, particularly in the technical performance category, with an eye for aesthetics and key awareness of technical materials both within the industry and analogous industries. 

  • A true team player, you understand and respect the importance of collaboration and compromise.

  • Able to balance creativity with organisation and discipline in a fast-paced environment. Good command of English communication. Mandarin is a plus.

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About the Team

The Materials team at On are both creative and technical - we translate design visions into performance materials through technical knowledge and experience, but equally come to the table with newness from outside suppliers when the time is right.

As the glue that binds design, development and product management together - we’re a new team that’s gaining momentum. Materials are getting recognition for how integral they are in product creation, so we need proactive, entrepreneurial people to hit the ground running.

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What we offer

On is a place that is centered around growth and progress. We offer an environment designed to give people the tools to develop holistically – to stay active, to learn, explore and innovate. Our distinctive approach combines a supportive, team-oriented atmosphere, with access to personal self-care for both physical and mental well-being, so each person is led by purpose.

On is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a work environment that is fair and inclusive, where all decisions related to recruitment, advancement, and retention are free of discrimination.

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What to expect

We want to set everyone up for success, so here’s the lowdown on how we hire. Our process is a two-way street – bringing you into our culture, while helping us learn how you think.

Our full process can last about eight weeks from application to offer, because we care about getting it right. These steps explain how we usually do things.

Before you get started, feel free to consider if you want to work with us. Strange question? Well, we give people a lot of space to navigate their day-to-day and that style isn't for everyone. We want you to be passionate about what you do and be sure this is the right fit. Because when skills and passion combine – it creates that 'Wow' moment.