In short

As an Apparel & Accessories Testing Lead, you will play a key role in building and coaching a team, testing and validating new creations. We welcome fresh ideas, review them as a team, decide together and give you ownership to implement them. This role will be based in our Creation Department in Zürich.

Your Mission

  • Build, maintain and coach a team of talents with various experience levels.

  • Refine Apparel & Accessories testing related to fit, comfort, performance and quality.

  • Drive continuous improvement & standardization of test evaluation & communication.

  • Drive efficiency of processes across Apparel & Accessories and align with Footwear.

  • Drive size and quality increase of our tester pool together with Footwear Leads.

  • Drive implementation of corrective action plans upon test fails or warranty claims.

  • Enable testing activity whenever required based on product briefs and calendars.

  • Drive projects providing input for Sports Science and specific product innovations.

  • Help improve our Testing systems and databases and optimize flow into testing reports.

  • Support the team as needed on cross-functional projects within the organisation.

  • Connect with business partners to understand and drive the strategy whenever needed, step-in for your team as testing specialist drive tester and team engagement in our community.

  • 70/30% - Leadership/Hands-on testing

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Your story

  • College or university degree in Sports Science

  • 5+ years of experience in testing for apparel, working closely with development and material team or 5+ years of relevant experience in development/material and pattern-making

  • 3+ years of experience in leading a team

  • Excellent organisation, networking and presentation skills

  • Ability to motivate your team and request excellence

  • Ability to zoom-out or deep-dive as needed to find solutions

  • Self-starter with can-do attitude and the ability to work with a high degree of flexibility

  • Passionate about sports

  • Willing to travel domestically and internationally

  • Sound material and pattern knowledge

  • Systems and IT affinity

  • Fluent English (written and spoken)

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About the Team

We’re responsible for testing innovative creations before they come to market. We team-up with Development, Marketing and Design to turn product dreams into reality. We are the voice of our consumers and want to exceed their performance and quality expectations. Premium is our basic requirement. Only executions passing highest internal and external quality standards and country laws will be released.

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Performance is in our DNA. We channel the Athlete mindset to create for anyone who loves to move – precision-first products that deliver on quality, form and function to help our fans push limits and look good doing it.

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Apparel Developer

We always look for better decisions, we always listen to people and listen to different colleagues. We listen, we digest, and we find the most suitable one for all the team and everybody benefits. That process makes us really innovative.
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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.