Director - Environmental Assurance


  • Develop the strategy and oversee the implementation, of the adidas’ environmental assurance and occupational health & safety (OHS) management programs for all tiers of our global supply chain, from raw materials to the manufactured product across the company’s three sourcing regions: EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific and in concert with all relevant business entities, be these direct or indirect relationships, including licensees and agents.


Key Responsibilities:  



  • Formulate strategies and develop implementation plans for the delivery of effective environmental assurance and supplier facing EHS systems and practices across all tiers of our global supply chain, from raw materials to the manufactured product, with due consideration to the environmental and chemical management programs delivered by our inhouse Sustainability Sourcing team.
  • Lead in the development of appropriate environmental and occupational safety risk mitigation and reporting strategies in relation to global supply chains, engaging closely with relevant environmental, sustainability and business experts in adidas’ headquarters, within GOPS, and regionally with Global Sourcing.
  • Engage with internal and external stakeholders to integrate and align SEA program requirements, including environmental assurance and OHS management strategies, into the larger due diligence practices of the company.
  • Build and maintain industry partnerships and represent adidas in brand collaborations with respect to environmental assurance and OHS programs and, where required, engage with high level government advisory committees.
  • Through the pursuit of technical excellence and clear communications, ensure the ongoing recognition of adidas’ leadership in environmental assurance and workplace safety in our industry.

Risk Management

  • Advise the SEA Global VP and SEA Senior Leadership Team on the delivery of the environmental due diligence and OHS programs across the global supply chain and regularly review and identify the potential areas of risk with respect to EHS conditions and standards.
  • Share recommendations on risk management opportunities /options, design strategies and deploy resources to reduce these risks.

Operational Planning & Management

  • Develop the relevant tools for the measurement of environmental due diligence and safety performance and maintain their relevancy to the SEA program. 
  • Maintain the technical oversight and integrity of the adidas’ environmental due diligence and OHS programs, which are managed locally in each region including close engagement with IPE as a key collaborative partner in China.
  • Oversee the implementation of environmental auditing and other due diligence processes for adidas’ supply chain to ensure compliance with adidas’ guidelines and national regulations, including the appointment and management of specialist environmental consultancies and external monitoring firms.
  • Conduct independent assessments and work with GOPS’ Sustainability Strategy team and Global Sourcing’s Sustainability Sourcing team, on remedial programs to manage environmental risk and improvement programs with respect to water, waste and wastewater emissions, chemicals, and greenhouse gas emissions.


Human Resources Planning & Management

  • Recruit and retain staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the company’s mission with respect to environmental assurance and OHS.
  • To supervise and direct line managers and work synergistically with SEA field staff and operational teams to deliver the environmental assurance and OHS programs in EMEA, Americas and Asia Pacific.
  • Define training needs for internal teams and suppliers aimed at achieving the environmental due diligence and supply chain environmental and occupational safety topics.




Key Relationships: 

  • SEA Field Operations and SEA Program Operations teams in Asia Pacific, EMEA and the Americas
  • Global Operations (GOPS, HQ), GOPS Sustainability Strategy team and Global Sourcing heads
  • Global Sourcing’s Sustainability Sourcing and Manufacturing Excellence teams
  • Other major departments, such as Legal and Corporate Communications
  • Industry practitioners such as other brand representatives as well as third parties
  • External stakeholders such as NGOs, Government bodies and International Institutions dealing with environmental due diligence, and occupational health and safety


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Deep understanding of current international environmental, health & safety issues and the regulatory and policy positions of governments in key sourcing countries, globally
  • Strong communication skills, good written and verbal English, plus another Asian language preferred
  • Proven ability to collaborate with all levels, partnering, facilitating, and influencing and utilizing internal and external resources
  • Project management knowledge and experience, including developing and maintaining project plans, providing regular communication, coordination, problem resolution and undertaking strong budget administration.
  • Knowledge of excel and data management systems
  • Well versed with manufacturing operations, materials management, as well as supply chain issues related environmental sustainability and occupational health and safety
  • Experience in working collaboratively with others in industry associations and in multi-stakeholder initiatives


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Degree in Engineering or Environmental Science
  • A Master’s degree in Engineering, Science, Environment Management and / or Health & Safety
  • A minimum of 10 years of solid work experience on environmental assurance and impact assessments, and occupational safety.

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 - Environmental Assurance

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Hong Kong
TEAM:  Legal / SEA
State:  HK
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  349882
Date:  Jul 16, 2021