Research & Innovation Manager (M/F)

Research & Innovation Manager (M/F)

The Oberalp Group is a management driven family business - a house of brands that creates high quality technical mountaineering products. We have 6 own brands Salewa, Dynafit, Pomoca, Wild Country, Evolv and LaMunt. As an exclusive partner of other brands in the sports sector we offer our entire know how in communication, sales and image building. 

We are a team of 900 employees in 10 countries worldwide – a group of adventurers and dreamers, mountaineers, looking for their next peak. 

As a world leading mountaineering group, Oberalp is always looking forward. Innovation and Sustainability are key and play a crucial role in shaping the future of the group. Therefore, we established the Research and Innovation Laboratory in 2019 to specifically foster Innovation in Oberalp Group. 

Defined as a cross functional service, the Research and Innovation Lab’s main goal is to intercept and develop innovative ideas that are too distant in time or too uncertain to be developed by the product developers and marketers. The ultimate vision is to discover the technologies, products or business models that will shape the future of Oberalp Group. 

As the Manager of the Research and Innovation Lab, you will be responsible to lead a team of 4 Specialists and collect, develop and disseminate new ideas (technologies, products, processes, business models, etc.) across the group. 

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Communicate constantly with brands, divisions and central services to understand their innovation needs
  • Feed and manage the ideas & projects portfolio, setting priorities and defining resource needs
  • Manage and support a team of 4 Specialists, allocating projects and resources
  • Cooperate with external partners as Universities and Innovation Centers (as NOI)
  • Be updated about last innovations in several fields, as digital, materials, business models, etc. 
  • Serve as inspiration and foster cultural change inside the group
  • Raise publics funds for Research and Innovation projects


  • Technical background
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, leading personality
  • Able to navigate in a complex organization
  • At least 5 years of experience in driving innovation in a similar sector
  • At least 3 years of experience managing a team
  • Wide knowledge and understanding of the mountain sports
  • Wide knowledge and understanding of the latest technologies in different fields (including fields as digital, 3D printing or design thinking)
  • Very good English and Italian skills, German is a plus

We offer:

  • Flexible Office Time
  • Extended Parental Leave and Company Kindergarten (in Bolzano HQ)
  • Thrilling company activities, free Climbing Hall (in Bolzano HQ)
  • Company Canteen with fresh and seasonally prepared food
  • A variety of training & development opportunities
  • Generous product discounts

Workplace:  Bolzano, IT

If you are interested to work in a challenging, international and dynamic environment then apply now!