In short

We’re looking for a Pattern Engineer to join our Innovation design team. You will be part of the prototypers team that performs scientific and technological investigations directed towards the acquisition of new knowledge. Your experience in pattern making, sewing and building prototypes will be a key component to our process of building and testing world class product for our elite athletes.  You'll effectively define and communicate product details, features, construction requirements, and critical equipment and design criteria to our design, development and production partners as new techniques and processes are explored and transition from concept innovation to commercialisation. You'll provide breakthrough ideas in collaboration with our Innovation partners. You'll translate design inspirations into a 3-dimensional product, through collaboration with core innovation teams. You’ll be immersed in a culture of hands-on problem-solving, and surrounded by a community of independent thinkers and autonomous doers. 

Your Mission

  • You'll work on projects from innovation to inline product with a focus on prototyping, engineering and problem solving for new concepts using the following skills: Ideation & Visioning, Research/Engineering, Project Management 
  • You'll collaborate with the Innovation design team to lead, assess and prioritise franchise level concepts. You'll provide breakthrough ideas in collaboration with our Innovation partners and challenge the status quo
  • You'll translate design inspirations into a 3-dimensional testable prototype
  • You'll create superior level concepts primarily for Footwear but stretch into apparel and accessories 
  • You will fabricate and assemble new R&D; concepts utilising all resources and equipment on hand within the our Innovation prototyping Center, not specifically inclusive of the following; Laser, Embroidery, Stitching, Assembly, Digital Printing, Digital cutting, 3-D printing, Milling and customised tools
  • You'll anticipate innovation needs, solve for new, unique situations and plan resource requirements
  • Through research, you'll find new ways to craft footwear, pushing the boundaries of manufacturing and tools influences process changes for better product.
  • You'll provide feedback on but not limited to: material choices, methods, file types, adhesion alternatives, etc.
  • You'll work with multi-disciplinary teams including all of product creation and manufacturing pillars
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Your story

  • 5 + years of relevant work experience in pattern making/sample prototyping within the sporting goods, with a focus on footwear, apparel, or product industry
  • Bachelor or master’s degree in footwear/product/industrial or engineering
  • You’re able to develop innovation projects turning concept ideation into reality by working in, or with, cross functional teams to include product creation, manufacturing, and 3rd party vendors
  • You know how to lead multiple projects at one time and prioritise  work according to potential impact
  • You meet sophisticated challenges with imaginative, pioneering approaches supported by feasible solutions
  • You're able to deliver high-level presentations regarding product details, features, construction requirements to innovation leadership
  • You contribute to a team culture in which the On Spirits are lived daily supporting the creation of a highly motivated and diverse team with a can-do attitude
  • You are fluent in English, other languages are a plus
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About the Team

The in-house prototypers team is a small team nested within the larger Innovation vertical. We manage the newly established prototyping facilities in Zürich and enable everyone within R&D to explore On’s monster-making philosophy. It’s our purpose to disrupt the footwear market with innovative, highly functional designs. Understanding the consumer’s needs, we translate them into efficient and successful products that are both functional and design-driven. We deliver performance without compromising on style, working at the intersection of design, innovation, product management, development and testing.

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Exploration – it’s literally our day job. We dive into the ideas of tomorrow head-first and see what we surface with. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don’t. But it’s always a rush when we discover something new.

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We touch every product that's being made because we bring the connection to the human being. So while everyone's excited about products, materials and colors, we go and say, “okay, so what does this actually do for the human?”
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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.