Director Distribution Operations

Purpose:   The Director Distribution Operations is a senior leader in the adidas North American Supply Chain organization responsible for one of the Spartanburg, SC Distribution Centers (Footwear or Apparel).  He or she will have 24/7 ownership of all Distribution Center operations and associated business results.  This position offers an opportunity to make a significant impact on adidas’ Wholesale, Retail, and e-Commerce channels.  We are looking for a smart, analytical, and innovative leader who can drive sustainable improvement in these areas to support rapid growth as well as our long-term business strategy. The Director Distribution will work to continuously optimize our end-to- end supply chain by engaging with various stakeholders to improve operational metrics, refine processes, and remove waste from operations.

A successful candidate possesses superb business judgment, supply chain experience, and strong skills in working collaboratively and cross-functionally. The candidate must also possess a proven track record of delivering results in a Lean / Continuous Improvement environment. He or she will have strong analytical capabilities, including experience handling large and complex data sets. This individual will be a strong people manager with the ability to effectively manage multiple layers of management across a 24/7 operation. The position requires an individual who can work both autonomously and collaboratively in a demanding and often ambiguous environment with strong attention to detail and effective prioritization.


Key Responsibilities:
•    Manage all Distribution Center operations and be accountable for achieving all balanced scorecard metrics (safety, quality, service, cost, cash, people).

•    Foster a culture of engagement and bias for action at all levels of the organization.
•    Develop annual strategy deployment plans and key performance indicator (KPI) targets linked to adidas 3-5 year business objectives
•    Drive cross-functional strategic initiatives to continuously improve customer service and compliance to customer expectations.
•    Hire, train, and manage Distribution Center management team and associates.
•    Manage development of standard documentation and training / qualification to appropriate skill matrices.
•    Manage all external-facing documentation and messaging including periodic distribution of operational metrics.
•    Manage collection, reporting and feedback regarding inventory transactions using SAP, Excel queries and WMS reporting.
•    Assist in development and manage annual budget for direct labor and overhead of $10M+.
•    Maintain full working knowledge of the Distribution Center systems / platforms; Provide guidance and support to the operations and IT staff as needed.
•    Develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders across the adidas supply chain network and other functional areas.


Key Relationships
•    Interface with Distribution Directors, Transportation, Finance, FTZ/Customs, HR and Distribution Supervisors, Managers, and Associates.


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
•    Experience leading high-volume, fast paced operations with direct ownership of end user consumer experience.
•    Experience in Lean / World Class Manufacturing principles and tools.
•    Good interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written, with ability to effectively and efficiently interact with various levels of the organization.
•    Ability to bridge strategic, tactical and operational business concepts by applying an end-to-end Global mindset.
•    Ability to accept and meet critical deadlines with good planning and organization skills.
•    Excellent project management and process management skills.
•    Strong analytical and data manipulation skills. Proficient use of Microsoft office applications (Prefer Advanced Excel skills).
•    Strong people management skills
•    Position requires extensive walking and standing on hard surfaces.


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree and seven or more years of related industry experience.
  2. Prefer Master's degree
  3. Minimum five years of experience managing staff of at least five direct reports with responsibility for multi-million dollar budget.
  4. Strong experience with managing complex Distribution Center or Manufacturing operations and leading process improvement projects.

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 Distribution Operations

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Spartanburg
TEAM:  Supply Chain Management
State:  SC
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  305996
Date:  Feb 22, 2021