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01-08-2008, 12:42 AM

Head of Footwear Research

Since its foundation in 1976, Decathlon (www.decathlon.com) has always
had a very clear goal: to make sport more enjoyable for everyone. In
every corner of the globe, this purpose is expressed through two
complementary areas of expertise:
- The design and manufacture of sporting goods
- Retailling sporting goods

With more than 3,5 Billion Euros Turnover, 350 stores and 30 000 peoples
in our staff, Decathlon is one of the most important brand in the world.
In order to develop more comfortable products, a Research Department was
created in 1997.
Today, in this spirit, Decathlon Research Department, who now employs
more than 30 research staffs, wants to reinforce its foot and footwear
research laboratory.

Purpose: You develop a team and a laboratory to improve research and
innovation for footwear comfort.

Job Description:

- You work at Decathlon Research Department in Villeneuve d'Ascq (North
of France, 1h from Paris by train)
- You manage and develop a team (starting from 3-5 researchers, full
time and trainees)
- You ensure, with your team, scientific and technical surveys of your
- You organize and manage research programs in collaboration with
research labs all over the world, testing labs and your network of
doctors, podiatrists, kinesiologists,...
- You transfer your scientific findings into technical innovative
- You publish your knowledge and findings
- You patent your inventions and guarantee confidentiality and
industrial property of your projects

Salary according to experience

Appropriate candidate:
- Minimum of 10 years experience in Footwear research (biomechanics,
mechanics, component, physiology, ...)
- Experience in management of a research team or a laboratory
- Strong ability for team working, leadership and conviction
- Affinity with shoe production or footwear components
- Creative and both curious and rigorous
- You can work in English, French language will be of course a plus for
your integration
- Active sportsman or sportswoman

Decathlon Research Department: Laurent BALY
4 Boulevard de Mons,
59 665 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex