Career chances on the sports industry
Apart from overviews about our own job offers, this blog will keep you updated about sport jobs all around Europe.
Whenever there’s noteworthy positions coming up or sport companies offering special training, you’ll find out about it here.

The different types of product managers in the sports industry

Get an idea about the different requirements for the position of a product manager in the sports industry

When it comes to product management, the job title is actually very vague. Most of the times, you'll find a job posting  looking for a „Product Manager“, senior or junior. If you're lucky, it is expanded by an additional keyword.  While Marketing positions often give away their specific role in the title - like SEO Manager, Social Media Manager, E-Mail-Marketing specialist, etc. - the product manager role is often just named as that, a Product Manager.

When looking through the different job ads on Sportyjob though, you’ll realize quickly that the requirements and tasks vary a lot. A consequence from the different profiles that a product manager can fulfill. There’s often more to this role and choosing a product management position that fits your skills, interest and character often needs a detailed look in the job description.

To make your job search easier, we've analyzed our job postings and created an overview about the different types of product managers that companies have been looking for in 2018. So what kind of product managers in the sports industry do exist? 

But first: What is a product manager in general?

[caption id="attachment_35313" align="alignleft" width="120"]Profiles of Product Managers in the sports industry Click to view our infographic on the different roles of a product manager[/caption]

In the sports industry, product owners or managers aim for success for products or product lines released in the domain of a brand. They develop strategies to please the customer’s needs in order to optimize a product or its communication and conversion. They create roadmaps, analyze and predict the market, set the communication in between the different related teams (engineers, marketers, designers), stakeholders and executives.The role often comes with great responsibility, decision-making and a good knowledge of ones market.

In detail, the position and its responsibilities vary a lot according to company sizes and goals. Here’s some examples of product managers that you’ll find in the sports business.

 

The Product Developer

This product manager is driving the process from briefing, over concepting, developing and finally, producing new products for a sports company. In the sport’s goods market, the position often just focuses on a certain product group of a brand. For example did Timberland (VF) look for a „Global Product Developer SMU Footwear“ in October who oversees the development of accurate prototypes. SMU Footwear stands for Special Make-Up, an edition of a shoe made of special material. Especially for experienced candidates who have worked in other industries before, this role is a lateral entrants magnet, as long as you have some product knowledge.

Even if it might seem so, the product developer does not design the product, but he oversees and manages the development. His/her responsibility of  is the translation of customer's needs  and afterwards putting it into the form of specific product requirements, communication between the different teams to produce molds, develop or find out new materials to use, the way to advertise the product, etc.

Which skills do you need

A product developer should always have great concepting and communication skills as they need to document and define the development. Writing specific spec’s for engineers and manufacturers, as well as reporting to stakeholders are a constant part of the job.

Furthermore, they should acquire great decision making skills and prioritize, rank, and/or reject features, enhancement requests, etc.

Also, an eye for detail great understanding of material, fabrics and technical aspects of a product come in handy.

Product Manager Conversion Specialists

There’s product managers that tasks mostly focus on improving the conversion of already existing products. In conclusion, this strategic role needs a good understanding of analytical tools and data, as well as key metrics. Instead of developing products or improving them, these product owners are working on optimizing the conversion across all channels, landing pages, funnels, customer’s experience and even pricing.

Further examples are Workflow Product Managers who track a customer’s workflow to improve the functions of a website or app and the interaction with the user.

Which skills do you need

This kind of product manager is very data-driven. They should bring an understanding for different monitoring tools, like Google Analytics or KissMetrics, depending on the tool the sports brand is using. A former knowledge of E-Commerce and Online Marketing can be a big plus.

Digital Product Manager

Instead of handling the management of analogue products, the digital counter part of this position handles digital products. In the sports business, these are mainly hired for online platforms. He or she evolves the online and/or mobile experience for the best user experience. In their recent job ads, VF looks for a Digital Product Owner who is developing innovative ways to deepen customer engagement and profitability through the use of digital channels. 

Their exact performance in the position depends and can be located in each of the described roles above, but often includes technical aspects.

Which skills do you need

In addition to the essentials of every product manager, the digital role requires an understanding of the digital landscape, as well as technical aspects of e-commerce.

Outdoor jobs for adventurous people at Sportyjob

You love the mountains, the sea, the snow, adventures, adrenalin, nature and challenges? Then you are the perfect candidate for one of our outdoor jobs at great companies like Napajari, The North Face and Mammut!

Outdoor & Adventure Jobs at Sports Companies

Of course, the sports- and outdoor business go hand in hand. That's why Sportyjob is cooperating with plenty of companies that match your passion. We'd like to introduce you to a few possible employers! A fantastic outdoor organisation is the Freeride World Tour. Being part of the FTW means living the dream! In their sports jobs you organize exciting events all around the globe. Also, you get to meet the pro-riders and watch them rip.  The best part: the FTW encourages their employees to actively shred daily (freeski or snowboard). If your heart beats for wintersports, you should take the chance when it comes up. At the moment they might not actively search for someone, but are hiring regularly throughout the year. Potential candidates should be willing to put their heart in their career and travel a lot.-> All jobs at the Freeride World TourLooking for a new professional adventure? Then Mammut Sports Group might be a good shot. Jobs at Mammut require a lot of passion for mountaineering - since the people behind this company love mountain climbing, trekking and hiking themselves and expect their employees to do the same. Something you'll find in the quality and progress of their outdoor collections. If you are passionate about developing the products you use yourself and make them even better, you'll find the right position here. Use your active experience in internships and full time positions in patern apparel and design - together with a team that sticks together and climbs together.-> Free positions at MammutHave you heard of the VF Corporation? In fact, they are one of the leading companies of the sports business, uniting various well-known active lifestyle brands. What's interesting: A big part of VF is their action & outdoor branch with outdoor wear and backpack producers like Napajari, Smartwool, Eagle Creek, The North Face and Timberland. Discover their various job offers in their stores, hubs and even swiss headquarter:-> All recent outdoor jobs at VF and their action brands.

Needless to say, these three just represent the outdoor sports employers. Further brands like Bergfreunde, Blue Ice and outdoorer can be found in our hiring company overview. The number next to a logo tells you the number of available jobs. Is there none, you can still scan the employer's profile for useful information and contacts for a initial application. Salute the Mountains!

Retail Outdoor Jobs

You're willing to share your experience with advice on the best gear for hiking, trekking, camping and co? A job at an outdoor store would fit your perfectly! Choose your right career path depending on your level of experience and your degree: Sales Consultant or Assistant is the closest way to work with customers and consult them about products without having to study or futher experience. (That is, if you're actively mountaineering yourself).  Often outdoor shops have different contract solutions: Whether it's a full-time position or a part-time one next to family or your studies, see which schedule fits you best.With a business degree or long-time experience in retail, you might want to apply as a Shop or Store Manager instead. The tasks around this position include decisions on product range, shop design, team leading, setting up social media channels, ... - everything around the strategic work of a store.Two popular distribitors for outdoor and action gear are, for example, Decathlon or Intersport.Hint: If you're passionate about outdoor sports yourself, it's important to work for a company that you can trust with clear conscience. Especially at an all-round distributor, you might find yourself in a situation when you have to sell a product that you'd never use yourself. In the end, this results in frustration for either your client, your employer or you (or all together).Just imagine the satisfaction working for an outdoor brand that you love - feels great, doesn't it?

Adventurous jobs outside

Standing behind the counter or sitting in front of a computer is not what you're thinking of as "outdoor jobs"?  Then it's time for a little action in your profession. Being outside is what makes a lot of these jobs so appealing. Depending on your own passion and sportiness, the outdoor branch presents plenty of career opportunities. Tour guides in the mountains during summer or winter, snowboard-, ski- or surf instructor or even as a park ranger. Your interests decide.Well, let's face it. There's not much job openings in our outdoor and sports job board that fit the requirements above. The reason is simply that tour operators, wintersport- and surfschools are most of the times very small teams or even independent people  who aren't looking for staff outside of their personal reach. We recommend contacting them directly, online or through phone, if there's an outdoor player that you'd love to work with.

Sport Job Day: Your career compass for the french sports industry

Sport Job Day: Our recruitment event on the 13th of June in Paris
Where will your degree or apprenticeship take you? The Sport Job Day is your chance to define your next steps. Take part on the 13th of June in Paris and present yourself to recruiters from the french sports business.

Introducing the Sport Job Day

The Sport Job Day is a recruitment event for young adults, graduates and apprentices, with an active lifestyle and the desire to start a career in sports. On the 13th of June 2018, companies & young career interested come together in Stade Jean Bouin in Paris to connect and get to know each other.For the last decade, the sports sector has been one of the biggest growing employers in Europe, offering more than 200.000 jobs in France alone. A development resulting in the creation of entry positions for school & university graduates - and enough reason to dedicate a whole recruitment event to the sports sector alone. Not only will interested graduates have the chance to inform themselves about employment possibilities and professions, but directly participate in workshops & interviews with recruiters.

The programme

Similar to a job ferry, sports brands present themselves in set-up booths, giving insights into their work environment, as well as employment and training opportunities. Team members from Human Recources will be there to answer all your questions - and for you to gain valuable contacts.In 10 minute Speed Dating Interviews, applicants and companies immerse in an straight-to-the-point dialogue to learn more about each others character & qualities - a short, but effective way to figure out if it's a match.It's a place to learn: In conferences, professionals lecture about related topics, for example new professions in the sports sector or give advice on how to conquer the international sports job market. Participate actively in workshops with headhunters and recruiters to improve your future applications and interviews. 

The Sport Job Day at a glance:

 

The details

  • When: 13.06.2018
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00 h
  • Where: Stade Jean Bouin – Paris
An event for french-speaking
  • students
  • apprentices
  • young & active entry level candidates
The programme
  • Speed Job Dating: present yourself in 10 minutes
  • Workshops: Learn how to apply through recruiters from the sports industry
  • Exploration: of the sports business, employment and training possibilities

How to take part

All you need is a CV and self-confidence on the day of the event! If you'd like to participate in the Speed Dating, please apply in advance: Register for the Sport Job Day After registering, you'll be able to fill in your CV - we will look through the data to pick companies which fit your profile. In the next weeks, you will get updates on the schedule of the Sport Job Day, more infos to participating companies and about your interview slot.The participation is, of course, completely free.

For Employers

For sports companies interested in being a part of the Sport Job Day, please find the possible ways to participate on our event website.
Find out more about the Sport Job Day on the website by the two organisers Union Sport Cycle & Sportyjob: Sportjobday.com

Innovation, Interaction, Immersion: The future of retail in Salomon’s concept stores

While the online market is growing and growing, stationary stores often need to fight to stay alive. The new concept stores of Salomon, however, are not only survivors, but evolutionary winners. Instead of relying on pure Sales, the Concept Store focuses on creating a digital play and home zone for customers and employees alike, merging the boundaries between online and offline shopping.

Their next store in Paris will open in only a couple of weeks, bringing the new concept to France. For this, Salomon is hiring 5 Sales Associates, a position which involves more than the name gives away.

Gather, share, progress, play, live: The digitized store

Salomon refreshes retail with an innovative step: Their stores are fully digitized, seamlessly connecting online and offline. Hard selling takes a big step back and opens the stage for an emotional in-store encountering instead. It’s a destination to get informed, feel and become a part of a community - gather, share, progress, play, live.
With sales being secondary, customers can inform themselves in details about their sport’s gear. Information they’d normally gather online are available on digital screens, further deepened by the professional knowledge of the schooled sales associates - the advantages of both channels combined.With big TV screens playing running, hiking and winter sports clips, boot fitting areas and product showcases, store visitors and sales consultants have the chance to connect and interact. All the time immersed in the french alps.

Become one of 5 Salomon Sales Associates in Paris

With the upcoming store opening in Paris, Salomon is offering a big opportunity to join their brand and explore the new concept: „We are building a strong team with different profiles and expertise (VM, MKG, Digital, Operations, Footwear). We are currently recruiting 5 sales associates willing to jump into this exiting project.” (Michael, Store Manager)Each of the positions itself is unique: As the store is separated into different sport’s destinations, every future talent is trained in a different field. Your passion evolves your career path in either (trail) running, outdoor or winter sports. This passion is also what expands the limits of your position to more than a job: You’ll be an Ambassador of the sports and Salomon’s maxim „Time to play“.  It’s your connection to a sports loving community, to become a part of and interact with.
“We’re looking to attract the passionate outdoor-oriented people who use our products in the mountains and their outdoor pursuits at their home ground. Also, this location draws many tourists annually. We’re aiming to attract these consumers as well – in some cases they will have the first contact with the brand through this flagship store.” (Michael, Store Manager)
Are you passionate to join the Salomon Concept Store? Find the full job description with the possibility to apply here: Conseillers de vente (H/F) chez Salomon 

All about Salomon

The brand is one of the world’s leading creators of mountain gear. Honoring their roots, the headquarter is located in Annecy, in the French Alps, where they were founded in 1947 by Francois Salomon. Being the inventor of the modern ski binding, up until day Salomon is forerunner in the innovation of winter sports products.Since 2005, Salomon is a part of the finnish sporting goods group Amer Sports which is a sporting goods company with internationally recognised brands including Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Mavic, Suunto and Precor. The company’s technically-advanced sports equipment, footwear and apparel improve performance and increase the enjoyment of sports and outdoor activitiesSelling their products through own concept stores, factory outlets and online shops , their sporting goods are available in 34 countries. 2016 Amer Sports employed more than 8.500 people throughout the whole world, about 3.200 of them in Europe.

Is a career in Sales and Marketing right for you? An exploration of the two fields

Sales & Marketing are a big part of every bigger company, they even decide on the success of a business. Because of that the sports industry offers plenty of careers in Sales and Marketing. However, even though they collaborate, the two are far away from being the same - or even one field. If you feel that your Sales experience is enough to work in Marketing or the other way round or you feel like „you are good in selling“, so either career should be fine - you better know what you actually apply for!Originally, Marketing developed in Sales, but turned to a new approach. In small companies one person often handles both - the reason is simply that, at first glimpse, both focus on clients and offer a possibility to increase Sales. But that’s a very superficial conclusion which doesn’t hold up to a conscious look. A big part of the sports industry trends to separate both departments for the biggest possible success. Here’s why:

The impact of Marketing and Sales in a Sports Company

In one of our earlier Blogs in 2013, we wrote that the „main subject of sport jobs in marketing is planning and execution of advertising-activities with the aim to sell products“. Wait, sounds like Sales after all! Well, we have to admit that this definition is a little outdated. Nevertheless, it’s an idea which is still stuck in many minds - something to get rid of to truly understand the varying characters of the two fields.Marketing is a strategical approach completely focused on the client. Through analysis, Marketing Manager define the peer group, its wants and needs. Understanding those helps the company to bend or turn to a direction which satisfies the segment long-term and thus, binding it to the brand. It might even define the complete identity and strategy of a company to fulfill the requirements (for products, the brand, customer service, logistics, communication, etc) of its clients continuously.Sales is a tactical approach completely focused on selling products. It’s the approach to convince clients on buying the existing products in stock to make the maximum profit. It focuses on the recent products and a turnover rate of maximum volume in a short-term. A good Sales employee needs to prove a client that the product is what will satisfy his needs - not the other way round.

One doesn’t work without the other

We said before that Sales is focused on the „now“, which is just a part of the truth. Of course, operational it is, strategically though, the department also works on the development of new clients and new markets - in the future. That’s where the two come together. You might even say that Sales are the result from good Marketing: It is responsible for providing necessary information and tools to help the turnover rate grow - by giving details on new ways to reach (new and more) customers, simply a Market Research. 

Interested in a job in Sales or Marketing in the sports business?

Now that you found out about both fields and their differences, you might want to right away jump into your new career in the sports industry. So here's our most recent job offers from both departments:

Sport Jobs in Sales

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Sport Jobs in Marketing

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Surf Jobs: Combining your passion with your professional life

Everyone who is addicted to surfing will sooner or later think about working in the surf industry. Whether it's the chance for living close to the sea with more quality time in the water or the urgent need to bring in your passion and knowledge to improve your favorite products and brands, your soul screams for a surf career job! Even though the market is limited and the jobs are high on demand, we might just have the right position for you.

Amongst a multitude of other sport jobs, we love to find and publish surf related jobs. The reason is simple, that our Team loves surfing. Lennart, one of our CEO's is owner and co-owner of two Surfcamps, and I for myself worked two years in a surfcamp and started to freelance in Content Marketing to be close to the ocean more often. So, we know exactly how it feels to be landlocked. Sitting in an office, too far away from decent waves, waiting for the next surftrip to come.

Thankfully, there's a lot of chances to combine your passion with your professional life - one of them actually being NOT working in the surf industry.

Surf Jobs in the boardsports industry

In Australia, it is common to go surfing in your lunch break or even pausing work when there are good conditions: Companies like Billabong give their employees the chance. Sounds like a dream, right?Well, let's be realistic: This isn't the case everywhere. Working in the boardsports industry can mean spending your time in the office, even when it's pumping outside. It is a job and it will demand the same amount of working hours than any other career. Employments in companies of the boardsports industry, for instance at Quiksilver, Patagonia, Volcom, SurfStitch and many more, mean you breathe, live and love surfing. But on a professional level.What does it mean to work in the surf industry? You think that it means spending a lot of time surfing. The society thinks that you are actually just relaxing in the sun, being on holidays all year long. What you really do though, is work. On a desk. On a regular schedule.A job in a surf-related businesses asks you to bring in your passion and expert knowledge into product development, online marketing, event management and so on. It means being concerned with surfing the most part of the day, but just not in the water.If you want to make an impact on the industry, further develop your favorite wetsuit, board or wax - this is the places where you want to work.Check our company profiles with recent job ads of the following surf related companies:

Working in a surfcamp

Corporate work is just not your thing? You'd prefer getting out of your 9 to 5 job? Working in a surfcamp or surfschool might be your dream position. They are located at the ocean, on an island, far away, in the sun - in paradise. Surfcamp Jobs in Bali, Europe and everywhere else offer work as Cooks, Housekeepers, Receptionists, Managers, Animator and - of course - surf coaches. Some of them need a special training, others are a great option to get away in your mid term (calling Teamers here!).They can be great fun, meeting new people every day, spending a lot of time outside, being creative and socialising. Especially teamer jobs often only require a couple of hours per day to work and having the rest of the time off to surf yourself.The full time jobs though are calling for endurance and responsibility - it means working in tourism. Your working hours can switch every week, you might end up working 6-7 days a week, from 08:00 in the morning to 02:00 at night (becaue the check-in has a delayed flight). You always have to keep your spirit up, because you are almost always surrounded by guests. As a surfcoach, you could end up standing on the beach for 8 hours through without surfing a single wave yourself. Surfcamp jobs are real work, guys.And when you think you're tired of it - well, believe me - you'll get your reward. You'll have a couple of hours off, with the sun above you, a set coming up and the perfect wave to surf. In a line-up full of friends. You'll have a BBQ on the beach, with someone bringing a guitar and a Cajon. You will meet people who share their personal stories with you, touching your heart. You'll see stoked surf students coming back from their lessons with the biggest grin, when they stood their first wave. And it will be worth every little second of struggle and effort.Even if they don't list job offers right now, use the contact information on our surfcamp profiles to send out a initiative request - most of the times, these small businesses are happy for help. Keep in mind though, the part time jobs like animator could mean working only for a room, food and surfing material:

A job close to the ocean in a non-surfing-related field

If you want to change the industry, meet more like-minded people, bring in your knowledge and passion of water sports, then the upper two career paths might suit you more. But if you are looking for a change which brings you closer to the ocean and giving you the chance to surf more, then a job outside of the sports industry is also a great chance.  

Health & fitness apps: How the Start-Up xendera found a niche and conquered the market

One look in your app store, an online mag or social media: Wherever you go, you won’t be able to NOT notice them. Health and Fitness Apps - they are booming. The promise of training any time, tracking your results and sharing them - just the presentable ones, of course - are a recipe for success. They are a tool to get people motivated to stay or become fit and healthy.Most of them share the same ingredients: Choose one sport (running, functional training, yoga), combine it with possible tracks / workouts and reward people’s endurance and improvement. Nowadays, the top opponent’s prove their standing: runtastic, now owned by adidas, Freeletics, MyFitnessPal and MapMyRun both owned by under armor - just to name a few. With these leaders and a big amount of new apps coming through every day, there’s seldomnly a remarkable innovation in between.One of the exceptions is the french App xendera.Launched in April 2016, it finally reached the number 1 position of downloads in the Health Category in France on the 10th of July 2017. Even in a market which is overrun by fitness apps of any kind, xendera found a niche to conquer it. 
Their goal to get people moving is similar, the difference is their concept though. Instead of creating a community which motivates each other, xendera uses real rewards for fitness achievements. So how is it working?

The concept of Xendera

To make long story short: xendera’s unique model rewards various workouts with vouchers. Partnering with brands from the health & sports sector, the users receive a coupon for their favorite products. For this, they just need to track their activities over some time (you'll see why it might need more than one workout in our example). 
In advance, users choose their favorite brands. This way, when successfully achieving a fitness milestone, they only receive rewards they really like.So, what exactly do you need to do to achieve an coupon? We take Skullcandy as an example: To earn a 25% discount on the whole online shop, a user needs to run 25km in total. This might take some time, depending on your level of fitness, but it's a nice way to spice up your workout with an extra goal over the week or month.
„Our mission is to promote impactful fitness, aggregate health data and provide the best technology platform to integrate active lifestyles with conscious consumer behavior. Thus providing a truly unique experience at the intersections of life and fitness.“
Furthermore, the app can be combined with other fitness apps and a tracking device - like an add-on, so users can still workout with their regular training sessions. Their partnership with brands and other apps is probably one reason for their popularity. Instead of developing a complete new system, they use the existing ones and improve them - a strategy for successful start-ups in every sector.

Become one of the team and help xendera level-up

It's no suprise that a growing business has a growing team. That’s why, xendera offers 4 job vacancies for their headquarter in Biarritz, France Still, working at xendera means working in a small and passionate team which all support the expansion of the app. Sitting around and waiting for the clock to pass until you go home is not an option, you will need a hands-on mentality and be motivated to improve xendera every day. Sounds exactly like your way of working? Then check these 4 exciting career opportunities:
  • B2B Business Developper for Germany and the UK Evolving xendera by developing further cooperations with other brands - that’s what an B2B Business Developer is responsible for. xendera is looking for two confident team members with strong motivation to help xendera grow even more. If you are interested, they are hiring one B2B Business Developer for Germany and one specialist for the UK. By the way, what we liked best about the job offer was probably this hint at the end of it: "Secret talents accepted" - Show them what you got!
  • Growth Hacker Ever heard of a Growth Hacker? For us at Sportyjob, this was the first time. You’d probably expect an IT job here, truth is though, a Growth Hacker is a Marketing Specialist. Use the different Marketing Channels to help xendera grow. Your main tasks surround Content Marketing, by creating blogs, press releases and more to push the app. We’d take the job straight away for the title!
  • Traineeship: Community Management / Brand Content This offer concerns all students who want to get insights by getting active, not only by watching. It’s your chance to gain experience in an exciting start-up atmosphere and help a young company by growing. As a Trainee in Community Management & Brand Content in a small team, you’ll be responsible from day one for your own projects and tasks in the community management of xendera. A hands-on mentality and a lot of curiosity are definitely needed.

Timberland: Going beyond the border of Sustainability & Responsibility

Timberland is an outdoor brand, one of the most well-known worldwide to say the least. One of the reason, apart from quality products, is their serious commitment for environmental and social causes. Right now, Timberland is looking for a Sustainability and Responsibility Manager, a moment for us to take a look into their S&R agenda. So how exactly does Timberland improve their three main pillars outdoors, product and community? How do they go beyond the borders of regular engagement?

The long-term plan: Timberland’s 2020 agenda

Already years ao, the company changed their production to be more sustainable, making a statement towards treating the environment with respect. In 2016, when launching their responsibility website, Timberland also announced further steps in improving their strategy. The sports brand set ambitious goals until 2020 regarding their products and the environment:
  • All of the used cotton for their apparal collections are supposed to come from US-american eco-friendly cultivation,
  • Every procued shoe shall contain recycled, organic or renewable (ROR) materials
  • All products shal be PVC and PFC free
  • Timberland wants to reduce their energy consumption by 10% in total and obtain 50% by regenerative energy sources
  • Plant 10 million trees

Social engagement: A focus on community work

Of course, social responsibility has kind of become courteous in worldwide industries, after scandals of brands capitalizing workers in third world countries. It’s obvious that claiming to aim for responsibility, Timberland of course helps raising awareness and supports save working environments by collaborating mostly with fair suppliers. What makes the difference though, is Timberland’s special focus on local communities – an individual approach on the social subject.
  • My PlayGreen© is a support program which establishes outdoor spaces in urban areas, building community gardens and parks. In 5 big cities around Europe, they want to offer the residents a possibility to access nature and fresh air. Something that is rare in areas with populousness. After London in the last year, on the 19th of July 2017 the program started building in Mailand. Following after will be Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
  • Path of Service©: To support different community projects, Timberland’s employees engage in community services all over the world. Until now, they already participated 1.000.0000 hours in their communities – supported by their employer and the team of global stewards. By the way, the Path of Service celebrates its 25th birthday this year – in a special way: On 25 days, employees can take time off of work and take their time to volunteer to support their communities. They even connected them with possibile projects by setting up a Volunteer Fair.

Joining the team: Timberland is hiring a Sustainability & Responsibility Manager

In this position, the manager is responsible for integrating the S&R strategy throughout the company, delivering information to employees and customers. As a spokes person for Timberland’s values, you represent the sports brand on conferences and workshops over Europe. 
Work closely with the different departments, from HR, over Marketing, Production and Supply Management to achieve te 2020 goals. Manage the community and environmental projects, engage and inspire the employees in participating in Timberland’s Path of Service, different commuter programs, etc. If you feel inspired to help Timberland achieve their 2020 agenda, apply for the job here.Further sport jobs by Timberland can be found on their company page here.A perfect supply chain or production in regards of nature is almost impossible to achieve, but Timberland’s vision aims on a very close solution. Their achievement sets high goals for the whole industry, a development we could already witness at adidas (Producs from Recycled Materials, their „Run for the Oceans“  and more), Patagonia and The North Face, too. With more brands following, this hopefully defines new standards for production and engagement worldwide. If you want to find out more about Responsibility and Sustainability at Timberland, check their goals and progress at their website "Responbility at Timberland".

Your entry in the sports industry: Free internships all around Europe

While studying there will be the moment when you want to show what you have learned. Theory is certainly something good, but especially in a sports related field the urge to try your skills is very high. An internship is your entry into the sports sector. Your ability to look at different companies and departments and find out what interests you and where your strengths lie. A sports management program opens the door for almost all jobs in sports, from marketing, event management, human recourses to product management and co. If you are one of thoses who already chose a focus in your studies, you can straight away put it into practice and gain needed experience.

An internship abroad

An internship abroadLarge sports companies act globally, so that foreign experience can be essential for your future job. Companies like adidas and Quiksilver are represented worldwide, an understanding of the mentality of an international company is therefore of great importance.Above all, an international internship is a great option if you want to expand your new experiences from the job to your life. It offers you an intercultural adventure! Of course, an internship is your entry into a career in the sporting sector, it also gives you professional orientation and professional knowledge. Furthermore, it is also the possibility to confront you with linguistic, communicative, cultural and psychological hurdles - to grow far beyond yourself. Finding the right internship is not easy. Through our work with international sports companies, however, there are always interesting internships from the fields of sports management and marketing across Europe. In our job search, you can explicitly filter internships and display all vacancies. To make it even easier, this blog features some of the great global positions available right now.  

International internships in the Sports Sector

Sport Marketing in Germany at Saucony

At Saucony, Running is the focus: The well-known brand has been creating products for demanding runners for 35 years now. For their headquarters in Munich, they are looking for an intern in marketing. Your insights include event marketing, retail marketing and online marketing - with varied and self-responsible tasks in the different areas.
  • Language: German
  • Requirement: Study of communications or Marketing
  • When: September 2017
All Infos can be found here: Sport Marketing Intern at Saucony

E-Commerce internship in Switzerland at Mammut

Mammut Sports AG is completely devoted to mountain sports - both in the manufacture of climbing and snow sports equipment, as well as passionate in leisure time. Headquartered in Seon, Switzerland, you will be able to climb and play in the mountains on weekends. In the job, they rely on team spirit and openness, which is a great basis for career advancement. Your tasks in e-commerce at Mammut include support for the construction and maintenance of a new platform as well as the online shops. In subprojects, you can show off your own ideas working independently on your own tasks.
  • Language: German and Englis
  • Requirement: Study of Econimics, Media or IT
  • When: As soon as possible
All Infos around the job offer: E-Commerce internship at Mammut

Sport Internship in France at Quiksilver - Concept Design / Modedesign

Working at the sea at one of the most famous action sports brands in the world? Here is your chance! If you want to get out, your french skills are presentable, you are a creative soul, know the Adobe Creative Suite by heart and have a passion for fashion, the internship at Quiksilver is exactly what you are looking for. As an intern at the Design department, you support the Concept Art Director in various projects around the process of developing and designing new fashion items.
  • Languages: English and French
  • Requirements: Design Studies
  • When: From June 2017
The complete job ad can be found here: Assistante Projet Concept Design

Intern in Sponsoring at smi in Germany

You may not have heard from SMI before, as they tend to pull the tracks behind the scenes of sportevents and well-known brands. The agency for sports and entertainment mainly deals with the sponsorship and marketing of brands at sporting events and competitions. They provide advertising areas for the Bundesliga, World Cup & European Championship, the Olympic Games, Boxing Fights, Alpine Skiing World Cup - and the list goes on. Your tasks as an intern include general agent work, as well as project assistence with sponsoring assignments.
  • Language: German and English
  • Requirements: Studies of Economy, Marketing, Event Management or similar
  • When: From August or September 2017
All Infos about the internship can be found here: An intern in sport sponsoring

An internship in the communication department in Paris

Explore the city of love! BernasCOM is a french marketing and PR agency, with a young and sporty Team. Your tasks surround e.g. communication with the press and journalists, writing press releases and helping with the organisation of events.
  • Languages: English and French
  • Requirements: Studies of communication or media
  • When: As soon as possible
All infos can be found here: Stage - Assistant/e de Communication RP Sport

Start your career with adidas: Calling for future talents 2017/18

Are you interested in creating something new? Check out adidads careers
Have you heard of the future talents program from adidas? All over the world adidas gives young people the chance to shape their own future and the one of the sports brand. With apprenticeship and dual study programs for school graduates, internships for students and their functional trainee program for everyone looking for a job after university. Just the right entry in the sports industry and in one of the top sports brands worldwide. With all in all 7 headquarters and 20 international hubs, we are talking about career opportunities in almost every part of the world.Here’s the thing: adidas recruites one year in advance, opening their positions for a special period only. And right now there’s the chance to apply for their Functional Trainee Program, for example offering sport jobs in Product Marketing and Creation. You can still apply for open positions until the 17th or 30th of April.But what about the other programs? We took our time to summarize the possible adidas career entries. There’s one thing they all have in common though: a passion for sports and the will to influence the future of sport.By the way: Current sport jobs from adidas can be found here.

Internships at adidas: For pupils and students

Just imagine a sneak preview in your future job: That’s what the internships at adidas are meant for. For pupils, the internships last a week and normally take part in the summer break. Normally, if you like what you see, that’s an early entry for a later comeback. The internships for students are the more intensive version of this. It’s still a preview into your sports career, with internships in PR, Marketing and Communications and other fields. Six months long you’ll be able to gain experience, share your ideas and prepare for the time after graduation. The positions are offered world wide in the different adidas headquarters, for  example in New York, close to Munich, Portland or Hong Kong, to name just a few. One of the most mentionable parts of the recruitment at adidas is definitely their hiring criteria: Instead of only hiring students with best grades, they rate the whole profile - your engagement and motivation make all the difference!However, to apply you either need to be enrolled in university or be in your Gap Year between Bachelor and Master. 

Your career entry without studying: An apprenticeship at adidas

Especially for young people with a hands-on attitude: An apprenticeship will change school books against practical engagement. The apprenticeship takes place in one of the headquarters of adidas. The different possibilities prepare you for jobs in sport management positions, IT, Media Design or even more practical jobs like shoemaker. 

The possible apprenticeships are:
  • Office Management Assistant
  • Management Assistant for Personnel Services
  • Retail Management Assistant
  • Sales Associate
  • Computer Science Expert – System Integration
  • Computer Science Expert – Software Development
  • Warehouse Logistics Expert
  • Shoemaker
  • Shoe Finsher
  • Orthopaedic Shoemaker
  • Product Refiner – Textiles
  • Audiovisual Media Designer
In the 2-3 years, you’ll switch the different departments of the sports company every 3-6 months, combined with 1 or 2 days of class where you’ll learn about the theoretical background. No matter if you imagine your future at adidas, the apprenticeship will give you enough experience to start your career in the sports industry and live your passion.

The Functional Trainee Program for Graduates

With their functional trainee program adidas aims for graduates who look for jobs in the sports sector. Working in the fast changing industry needs more than motivation, but a will to stay up to date with the development, based on flexibility, creativity and passion. The FTP will train you in one and a half years of work at adidas with the hard and soft skills to master the expectations of the industry.You’ll start your job in an adidas store to be close to the clients and the lifestyle of adidas, before changing to the departments in the hubs. However, don’t expect to start in the comfort of your home base: Your first stop will be in a department abroad, challenging you right from the start with not only a new job, but also new surroundings to handle. An exciting opportunity to gain international experience in different teams. By the way team: Being able to work in a team is essential for jobs in sports. That’s why team projects with other trainees will teach you how to bring in your own strengths and also learn from others. Furthermore, during your whole traineeship, you’ll have a guiding mentor from one of the departments who will offer advice and orientation

Dual Study Program: Combine Work & Study

While a degree can prepare your brain for mastering complex ideas by founding a theoretical base and teach you skills on how to increase productivity and creativity, the practical experience can show you how different real life can be from the theory. That’s why the dual study program by adidas extends your studies with practical engagement. For 3 years, every three months you’ll switch university for an office in one of the different departments of adidas. According to your field of study, each practical engagement will take you to another relevant department giving you the chance to put your learned theory into practice. Furthermore, even during your lectures, there’ll be one day per week in the office, so you won’t lose the connection to your department. adidas offers 7 different degrees which are
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management in Commerce
  • Bachelor of Arts in RSW Accounting & Controlling
  • Bachelor of Arts in Taxes and Auditing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Industry 4.0
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Dialogue & Online Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems
Biggest plus? It’s a guaranteed entry into a career at adidas.If you want more information about the jobs at adidas or the requirements, it can be found in their career portal.© images: adidas