Die Schuhleister | Team
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Our team is diverse,

our competences distinct,

and with a lot of fun we will achieve our common vision!

 Our team’s aim is to bring innovative products to the footwear market –  Step into 3D Technology with us!

At Schuhleister we value team work and an entrepreneur mindset. We are looking for sharp minds that are not afraid to take on the challenge of transforming the shoe industry.

Founder and CEO

Timo Marks

Timo Marks is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Die Schuhleister GmbH & Co. KG. He comes from a Management Consulting background. He has worked with several European organizations including Arvato, which is a global service company. He recently finished his doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kassel. He is also a professor at the Fresenius International Business School in Cologne, Germany. He enjoys watching or playing football on his free time.

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Founder and CEO of BFTS GmbH

Dominik Gräßle

Dominik Gräßle is the leader of the technical team. He has over 18 years of experience in Sports Science where he focused in rehabilitation and prevention. Before he co-founded the startup he was with the German Sport University Cologne, where he began his studies and career. He attended an apprenticeship program in Orthopedic Technic. During his free time, he enjoys spending it with his family and participating in recreational sports such as power kiting.

Co-Founder, Head of Operations

Joshua Meskemper

Joshua Meskemper is in operations and product development. He has over 4 years of experience in Sports Technology, where he specialized in adaption of technology to the functionality of the human body. He studied at the German Sports University Cologne. He enjoys his free time with his family and likes to participate in endurance sports.

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Head of Business Development

Christin Grube

Christin Grube is the Head of Business Development. Before joining the Schuhleister team she was a consultant for Ernst & Young, where she specialized in market research for the retail sector. She has several years of experience in Enterprise and Market Development of New Markets from her own entrepreneurial endeavors. She has a Masters from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business in Innovation Management. She enjoys her free time reading.

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Business Development Specialist

Luise Berkmann

Luise is responsible for customer care and strategy implementation. At Die Schuhleister she contributes with her experience in reducing complexity and bringing customers’ needs into focus. She has 4 years of experience working for Roche in the field of Sales and Finance. Her academic background is in Business Administration (Diploma) and Sustainable Development (Master).

Luise loves spending her free time seeking remote spots in and around Cologne with her family and endeavouring a sustainable lifestyle.

Strategic Marketing Manager

Patricie Pelikovska

Patricie is our Strategic Marketing Manager and she is a part of our international business development team. She is responsible for running our marketing campaigns and contributes to our team with her creativity. She is from Prague, where she also graduated from the University of International and Public Relations. She loves photography, especially when it involves traveling.

Operations Specialist

Nadya Jelil

Nadya Jelil is supporting the operations team specializing in our digital last making process. Before joining the Schuhleister family she worked in shoe design. She recently finished her studies at the Schuhfachschule in Pirmasens, Germany where she specialized in industrial shoe building. She enjoys here free time reading, or singing and dancing with her friends.

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Strategic Sales Manager

Andrés Mauricio Caicedo

Andrés is our Strategic Sales Manager. He comes from Colombia where he graduated as an Industrial Engineer at Javeriana University. Before joining Die Schuhleister family he did a Master in Business Development at Grenoble Graduate School of Business in France. He has several years of experience in process optimization and business development. At Schuhleister he focuses on developing new markets, with special focus on the Spanish speaking market. Andrés loves traveling and experiencing new cultures. He has lived in Colombia, India, France, Luxembourg and now Germany.

Product and Project Manager

Christof Baum

While helping out at various places in the company, Christof's current focus lies on the operations side - doing operations support as well as optimizing the company's product portfolio and sourcing strategy. While doing his undergraduate studies in management at the University of St. Gallen, Christof set out on a mission to create the world's most comfortable yet gorgeous high heel - collaborating with both renowned orthopedists and shoemakers. The result is a patent-pending ergonomic footbed that significantly increases foot comfort in high heels and can be licensed by shoe brands. After he then completed a specialized Masters program in Footwear Innovation, Christof now combines a special mix of business as well as insole and footwear-related know-how to go the next steps together with Die Schuhleister.

Operations Manager

Christopher Grund

Christopher is our Operations Manager. Before joining Schuhleister, he worked in orthopedic industry. He is very well experienced in this area and he continues developing orthopedic shoe technology with us. He graduated of the Meisterschule of Orthopedic Shoe Technology in Düsseldorf, where he received his master degree. In the free time, he enjoys cooking and chilling with his friends and family.

Supporting Supply Chain Specialist

Tim Engels

Tim Engels supports the team with his skills in Supply Chain Management. He recently graduated from University of Applied Sciences Fresenius with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. His areas of specialization are International Management and Total Quality Management. Moreover, he has participated in the EFQM-Journey to Excellence Training and is a qualified EFQM-Assessor. In his free time he does a lot of sports especially playing golf, field hockey and tennis.

Supporting Digitization Specialist

René Schürmann

René Schürmann supports the technical team. He is a business engineer and studies Human Technology in Sports and Medicine at the German Sport University Cologne. Where he gets a detailed insight in the relation of human body and modern technology. In his free time he enjoys playing and watching football and spending time with his friends.

Supporting 3D Specialist

Julian Gauder

Julian Gauder is a supporting member the technical team. He is a technical product designer and mechanical engineer. Primary he works as a scientific assistant at the institute for tooling and manufacturing technology, where he is responsible for 3d-printing. This makes him an ideal support for Die Schuhleister in technical belongings and in product development. In his free time he is studying to get his masters in Technical Management.

Best job ever!

This could be you!

We are looking for the most talented and motivated people who want to drive the revolution in the shoe industry with us! Do you qualify for any of these?
- Background in 3D Tech: 3D Print, 3D Scan, 3D modeling or else
- Background in IT: Java Script, PHP, Python, Rhino, Magento, API, Atomization
- Background in Shoes: Industry insights, Business, Product
- Skills in sales, marketing, design, scripting, engineering
- or Anything in between?

Then you are the perfect candidate?

Contact us!