This week we are starting something new and focusing on Footwear Jobs. Doing what you love and getting paid to do it can’t be beat. Yes, there are some drawbacks to working in footwear. For instance, if you thought you spent a lot on sneakers now, just wait until you spend 8-10 hours a day, 40-50 hours a week, with the temptation right in front of you. Or wait until you get a discount on a regular basis, no need for someone to slide you the friends and family discount. Or perhaps you’re a really hard worker and find a job doing something you love and work around the clock, never disconnecting and giving yourself time to relax. Those are all like possibilities with a job in sneakers.
However, there are few things as rewarding as being excited about your profession on a daily basis. That said, we’re going to use this new weekly Footwear Jobs This Week column to highlight positions that are available throughout the sneaker industry, around the world.
Manager Digital Merchandising – Foot Locker
Location: Recklinghausen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Digital Merchandising is the organizing and management of products on the web, app or mobile web. This job likely includes strategizing when and how products release, working with a sales team to determine the allocation of products and working with marketing to ensure the products are seen by consumers.
Associate Product Manager – adidas
Location: Portland, Oregon, USA
This data entry role is a great entry point into The Three Stripes. You’d be assisting the Product Manager (or PLM, Product Line Manager) with getting products on the web, app, and wherever else is needed for launch. This is a great place to learn about the process of getting products in front of consumers to purchase.
Graphic Design Intern – Eastbay
Location: Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
An internship is a great way to gain experience in a particular area of interest that can lead to other career opportunities. A graphic design intern could work on anything from the Eastbay Catalog to site assets or promotional banners.
Brand Director – Influencer Marketing – Nike
Location: Beaverton, Oregon, USA
Think you know who can make a customer pull the trigger on the latest and greatest products through the content they create? This job could be for you. Maintain and develop relationships with entertainers and influencers, create plans to launch new products, and work with film, music and television talent in this role at Nike.
Director of Digital Marketing – Champs Sports
Location: Bradenton, Florida, USA
This role with Champs Sports would lead all digital marketing initiatives including SEO, SEM, email marketing, digital partnerships, retargeting and marketing automation. If you’ve got the experience, why not apply?
Come back next week for more new opportunities to find a job you love in sneakers.
Nick Engvall is a sneaker enthusiast with over 15 years of experience in the footwear business. He has written for publications such as Complex, Sole Collector, and Sneaker News, helped companies like Eastbay, Finish Line, Foot Locker, StockX, and Stadium Goods better connect with their consumers, has an addiction to burritos and Sour Patch Kids, and owns way too many shoes for his own good.