Director Deployment

Join adidas Europe and shape the future! For over 75 years, our European heritage has been a fusion of culture and innovation, driving global sports trends. Our offices, from Herzogenaurach to London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Athens, Milan, Manchester and Paris, are centers of creativity and collaboration. We aim to be Europe's best sports brand, seeking pioneers and visionaries to join our bold journey. At adidas, you're not just getting a job; you're invited to make a global impact, joining a team that values creativity, courage and innovation. Are you ready to be part of our journey?


Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:


The Deployment director always considers the consumer first. They are responsible to build and

execute the multi-node strategy across commercial and operations in Europe. To serve our

marketplace through building an advanced network operating model. They are accountable for running a state-of-the-art network to support strategic ambitions through data and analytics decision making.


In this role you will focus on building and strategically enabling network management with

strong collaboration within operations and commercial counterparts. This role is critical in

ensuring product is positioned at the right place and time for the consumer.



Key Responsibilities and General Accountabilities:


Manage and oversee strategic network decisions both tactically and strategically

  • Implementing the right tools and build strong collaboration with commercial stakeholders to ensure the right pre-season & in-season planning to utilize the European DC Network
  • Responsible for seasonal article and range deployment across all DC’s, taking into consideration overarching business strategy, defined and agreed deployment principles, transportation costs, warehouse capabilities / capacities (throughput & storage) and ranging
  • Ensure appropriate transparency to seasonal article and range deployment to senior leadership and business partners (inside and outside of SCM) through relevant master data, reporting, key meetings and communication
  • Lead and manage the implementation and improvement of DC Network planning tools and processes to constantly optimize the way of working and create agility to adapt market changes
  • Support Network strategy initiatives with Global Teams to drive decisions for the service oriented and most efficient DC Network set-up across Europe including scenario planning, tracking & data collection
  • Advising the business with short term, tactical, in-season modelling capabilities to optimize setup, reflect latest trends or to take advantage of changes in demand
  • Identify DC Network related improvement opportunities and innovation to deliver best in class consumer service and operational efficiencies
  • Support with Business Case information / analytics regarding current and future volumes creating best fit deployment options across the DC network


Build collaborative relationships across multiple levels

  • Ensure proactive communication of DC network developments to stakeholders within a matrix organization to drive action
  • Lead and engage a diverse team of deployment experts, providing direction and clarity on strategy, ensuring individuals can perform to their highest capability
  • Active participation in European DC Operations team through value-add contributions to discussions and leading strategic topics from concept through implementation
  • Routinely benchmark what a ‘best in class’ deployment function looks like, how adidas compares to others and what capabilities are needed to prepare successfully for future supply chain challenges



Key Relationships:

  • European SCM Leadership Team
  • Global Deployment team
  • SCM Global and Market teams
  • DC Operations Leads
  • Sales and SCM Controlling
  • Demand Planning
  • Global IT



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Consumer and Customer mindset
  • Strong analytic skills within a complex environment
  • Strong leadership skills to coach, guide and manage a team of experts
  • Pro-active mindset (engaging & impact-oriented), ability to think end-to-end
  • Ability to think strategically, synthesize complex data and develop innovative solutions
  • Ability to be self-directed while working under tight deadlines within a fast paced environment
  • Business mindset: strong numerical and analytical skills, experience with finance
  • Strong experience in working on several projects simultaneously
  • Strong communication (both written and verbal) and facilitation skills (various group sizes)
  • Fluent English (verbal and written),
  • Strong MS-Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint),


Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four-year college or university degree with focus on Supply Chain Management, Information Systems and/or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Minimum of 10+ years of progressive work experience in a multi-DC network environment
  • Strong experience with managing complex distribution network projects. Ideally experience related to leading complex network studies in an agile FMCG industry
  • Sound understanding of network planning tools – experience with Llamasoft advantageous
  • 5-8 years of experience managing a team


adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Director Deployment

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Amsterdam
TEAM:  Supply Chain Management
State:  NH
Country/Region:  NL
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  508965
Date:  May 18, 2024