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  • Director Sports Science - ANTA Sports Ltd - Xiamen CHINA

    ANTA brand was established in 1991, while ANTA Sports Products Limited (Stock code: 2020.HK), a leading sportswear company in China, was listed on the Main Board of Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2007. For many years, we have been principally engaging in the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of ANTA sportswear series to provide the mass market in China with professional sporting products including footwear, apparel and accessories. In recent years, we have started moving full steam ahead on the strategy of “Single-Focus, Multi-Brand, and Omni-Channel” to deepen our footprint in the sportswear market in China. By embracing an all-round brand portfolio including ANTA, ANTA KIDS, FILA, FILA KIDS, DESCENTE, SPRANDI, KINGKOW, KOLON SPORT and NBA, and by seizing every opportunity arising in various important retail channels, we aim to unlock the potential of both the mass and high-end sportswear markets in China. ANTA is actively looking to expand it's brand portfolio through mergers & acquisitions.

    We are looking for an experienced candidate to lead our sports science team within the Innovation organisation based at our Xiamen HQ office. The ideal candidate will have experience working in a world leading brand or sports science lab. The role will report directly into the Head of Innovation.


    At ANTA, we believe in the magic of movement and the vitality that results from being fully present in every step, every rep, every shot…every moment. We believe in a life motivated by the next experience – the next run, workout, game or challenge. We discover ourselves, and our passions, through active experiences that empower our bodies, minds and, ultimately, our souls. It’s not about winning or losing; the ultimate prize resides in the ongoing pursuit of our best self.
    In 2017 the ANTA Launch Team was created to deliver world class innovations that enable athletes of every level to achieve their best. We are a collaborative international R&D team of Sports Scientists, Engineers, Chemists, and Designers driven to disrupt the sports world.
    If you are looking for a challenging opportunity that will ignite your passion for designing cool and innovative products, are exceptionally creative, are a great problem solver and can make things happen - apply today!
    • To build and lead a team of Sport Science experts working towards a comprehensive understanding of athletes’ needs and the corresponding product solutions to meet those needs.
    • To collaborate with Engineering, Design and Product Development in the creation of innovative solutions for all types of athletes
    • Develop the strategic direction for the Sport Science team

    Develop and lead a world class sport science team to bring the needs of the athlete to the product innovation process.
    • Manage the activity of all team members, including managing project prioritization and manpower allocation.
    • Manage team budget including capital expenditure and operating expenses for the lab activities.
    • Establish a global research network to support product research and development.
      • Manage relationships with external research partners
      • Manage all aspects of contractual agreements with new and existing external research partners.
      • Seek out and identify potential new external research partners as needed.

    • Maintain knowledge of capabilities of all relevant sports performance research laboratories and facilities.
    • Manage internal relationships for the sport science team.
    • Manage the relationship between the Sport Science team and the other LAUNCH innovation teams and ensure that their sport science needs are being met.
    • Manage the relationship with footwear product testing team and ensure that methods and capabilities are aligned.
    • Manage the relationship with upper management to ensure that their expectations are met.
    • Provide additional technical support to the team as needed.
    • Coordinate and execute any laboratory Public Relations activities
    • Creation of innovation roadmap for the advancement of sport science know-how within the Anta LAUNCH innovation team.
    • Coordinate with the Engineering, Development and Design Directors to align strategic initiatives towards the development of product innovation
    • Hire and manages expert-level scientists to complement the existing skills and expertise

    • PhD in Biomechanics, Physiology, or (Bio) mechanical engineering, or Bio-/Electromechanical Engineering, or equivalent.
    • At least 4 years industry relevant experience in a leadership role in Research, Engineering, or similar position.
    • Fluent English language skills.

    Xiamen is one of the best cities to live in China. It has a beautiful coastline, great access to nature and plenty of sporting options.
    Xiamen is an island city in the southeast China’s Fujian province. Recently, this cool travel destination has emerged as a magnet for creative types.

    These designers have found creative comfort and refuge in Xiamen, away from the high-gloss cachet of China’s congested commerce capitals.

    For more information on the role please contact Angus Wardlaw, Head of Innovation,
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