Director Development Apparel - BU Outdoor (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


Leads and inspires a team of product developers (Apparel and Materials teams) in the creation and commercialization of assigned products. Actively inputs and implements development calendars to ensure deadlines, costing KPIs and quality standards are met. Acts as an advocate for product integrity by working closely with cross functional creation centre teams as well as all related support services.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Ability to translate consumer preferences and activity requirements into technical products and materials
  • Support the Head of Development to develop and implement the SBP, ensuring cross-functional alignment within the creation and market teams
  • Ensure achievement of goals and objectives (shared KPI’s) set by the BU through partnership with Marketing and Design
  • Identify new business opportunities and drive key product and/or process innovations. Provide input to short, mid and long term planning and budgeting to support the BU SBP.
  • Work with AC and Chemical Engine Innovation, and support research into new technologies, materials and communicate to Design and Marketing on new potential development options
  • Support the costing of apparel products in cooperation with the functional teams to ensure the BU objectives and KPI targets are met
  • Ensure continuous product, process and manufacturing improvement with emphasis on leading and Right First Time development of products in accordance with the operation calendar
  • Be responsible for Buy Ready performance through strong interfaces with T1, Quality Assurance, Sourcing and Product Marketing                      
  • Manage your teams Budget to yearly targets as set – Propose opportunities and manage risks when needed
  • Through positive leadership, manage workload and organizational efficiency with the support of the performance management team
  • Allocate/delegate the different products/projects to the respective development teams considering experience, product complexity and workload
  • Work with Head of Development to support and develop the T1, Sourcing and QA strategies
  • Provide team with clear direction, projects and targets that are aligned with business needs and GOPS objectives
  • Create an inclusive motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are challenged, coached, trained and provided with performance feedback and career opportunities
  • Take ownership for the entire development process for assigned products and/or projects with an emphasis on quality product development and timely completion of all tasks in accordance with the applicable product creation calendar



Key Relationships:


  • Product Marketing
  • Design
  • Sourcing (Brand Strategy, Merchandising, Costing, Materials, Tech Services)
  • POPs Horizontal Teams (Materials, Costing, Pattern, Testing, AC)
  • GSP and SCI
  • T1/T2

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Strong communication (both written and verbal) and facilitation (small and large groups) skills
  • Ability to deliver effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to diverse audiences
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate and define problems, synthesize complex data and develop innovative solutions
  • Ability to think end-to-end with a global mindset
  • Ability to manage through change, make decisions and act comfortably with risk and uncertainty
  • Ability to provide a clear framework for performance to direct reports
  • Ability to coach, guide, manage and develop a team
  • Good understanding of sourcing allocation impact on product from a quality and cost perspective
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Strong IT skills (MS office, PDM, CAD)
  • Travel, domestic and international as required by business needs

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


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 Development Apparel - BU Outdoor (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  310888
Date:  Jul 5, 2021