Director, Freight Transportation EU (m/f/d)

TA Contact Person: Mini Bawa Sharma

 

Purpose

 

The Director, Freight Transportation is a key in-house strategy execution role for an organized, passionate, goal-oriented and visionary people-leader who understands the challenges and the opportunities of EU wide supply chain and transportation network, and who is capable of end-to-end owning and driving the European Freight Delivery network with over a 120+ Million Euro annual spend.


•    Own the Freight Transportation Budget and Performance 
•    Manage freight (FTL/LTL) carrier portfolio across all countries 
•    Drive major change initiatives in EU network (New DCs, Stores, Launches)
•    Enable new services to provide convenience and choice to our customers/stores
•    Upskill and develop the EU Freight Transportation Team
•    Drive proper communication and stakeholder engagement

 

Key Responsibilities
•    Lead overall freight delivery network for EU in alignment with strategic direction
•    Actively manage the EU freight carrier portfolio with proper cadence and governance
•    Improve overall transportation KPIs (COTIF, Speed, Sustainability, VAS and cost) for wholesale/retail channels.
•    Budget ownership over a 120+ Million Euro annual spend
•    Run and optimize the transportation network, with optimized cost, service and reliability  
•    Drive the sustainability vision of the company for the B2B transportation network
•    Improve the delivery process end to end from Customer Service, to Fulfillment, to Added Services with a holistic view 
•    Be customer centric in everything we do, owning the customer delivery experience
•    Ensure the capacity is secured to serve the high volatile transportation demand 

 

Key Relationships 

  • Initiate and drive discussions with cross-functional internal stakeholders, as well as external partners; to collect and consolidate input, issues, feedback, and insights to prepare, plan, align and deliver solutions 
  • Deliver execution of the aligned tactical / strategical initiatives
  • Proactively manage stakeholders, build relationships, and manage communication

 

Stakeholders can relate (but not limited) to the following core functions

  • EMEA Supply Chain Management (all functions) 
  • EMEA Market (all functions)  
  • External partners (carriers, solution providers and consultants)
  • Global Operations (Global Transportation, Procurement, Digital, Strategy and IT)
  • Corporate functions (e.g., legal, finance & performance management)

 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Soft skills:

  • Thinks Big and has a bias for action. Expected to be creative, to plan, shine and deliver.
  • End-to-end mindset with a holistic view of problems and opportunities on hand
  • Has backbone, develops and constructively communicates his opinion, not scared to disagree, and yet commit to the decision. Seeks the best for the business always.
  • Solution builder with a creative mind and solid experience in delivering results
  • Highly self-motivated, and acts like an ‘owner’
  • Earns trust, both of his/her team and internal/external stakeholders. Does what he/she says in due time, and dares to say ‘No’ when required so.
  • Engaging, open and perceptive to feedback and improvement
  • Autonomous and capable of handling all-way communication (upward, lateral and downward)
  • Change management skills, influencing a network of internal and external stakeholders
  • Solid presentation and storytelling skills
  • Discipline in planning, time management and organization skills 

 

Hard skills

  • Expertise on EU freight (FTL/LTL) carrier network, with suppliers, services, and customer requirements particularly for wholesale and retail channels
  • Working experience with a Transportation Management and Optimization system
  • Advanced MS Office skills, especially MS Excel and MS PowerPoint
  • Dives deep with proven data analytics skills, and willing to ‘get his/her hands dirty’
  • Frugal. Knows success is not to have the biggest team, but to deliver the biggest value.
  • Financial literacy and budget ownership
  • Has experience in building and evaluating Business Cases with scenario planning

 

People management skills

  • Hires and Develops the Best. Builds, Manages, Coaches and Upkeeps the EU Freight Transportation Team
  • Works with an ‘authentic / servant leader’ mindset. Leads by example.
  • Insists on the Highest Standards. Setting right expectations is a determinant of success.
  • Good at prioritization, effort estimation, job assignment and delegation
  • Provides feedback and owns the development and performance of his/her team
  • dentifies needs and skills required, runs recruitment, and ensures a smooth onboarding
  • Curious, Open to learn & develop. Encourages / puts leverage in his/her teams’ learning
  • Fosters a team culture that encourages trust, open and constructive discussion 

 

Qualifications 

  • A Bachelor’s degree from relevant departments of universities required. A Master’s degree and PMP / lean sigma certification preferred.
  • Minimum 8 years of relevant work experience in an advanced supply chain and/or transportation management environment (relevant consultancy included) 
  • +3 years of relevant team management / people leadership experience

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, Freight Transportation EU (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Global Operations
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  458348
Date:  Sep 23, 2022