Director GOPS S&P - Sustainability temp. until Sep. 2023 (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

This is a key strategy position for an organized, passionate and goal-oriented future leader who understands what projects have in common, and their strategic role in how organizations succeed, learn and change. In the role, you will support the advancement of our Sustainability strategy, including:


  • Support vision creation and evolution of our roadmap in the Sustainability field
  • Plan and collaboratively steer implementation of solutions and tools and set strategic direction for roll-out of capabilities
  • Represent the brand of GOPS S&P to Global Operations community and beyond



  • Support overall representation of Sustainability within/beyond function / market area
  • Anticipate and capitalize on opportunities for transformation within Sustainability and GOPS
  • Drive Sustainability strategy development process and project portfolio prioritization with Senior Leadership
  • Own and manage a program, project portfolio that drives change in the function / market organization
  • Lead multiple (senior) project managers to deliver program, projects in alignment with strategic direction
  • Effectively deploy team and program, project resources to ensure high quality and consistency of deliverables
  • Drive GOPS S&P people strategy definition and ensure growth and development of team members
  • Perform line manager role on direct reports (e.g. recruiting, performance appraisal, team approvals, team budget control)



  • Lead project activities and partner with stakeholders
  • Steer and encourage discussions with x-functional stakeholders to ensure adequate and timely alignment on proposed direction(s)
  • Independently identify and manage (senior) stakeholder group, establish solid working relationship and steer communication
  • Stakeholders can relate to the following core functions:
    • Sustainability
    • Product (Creation functions, Footwear, Apparel and A&G product ops, etc.)
    • Markets (SCM and Sales functions) 
    • Marketing (horizontal and vertical BU divisions)
    • GOPS (Sourcing, SCM, Tech, etc.)
    • Corporate functions



Soft skills

  • End-to-end ownership mindset, can-do attitude, big picture view of problems on hand
  • Conceptual and analytical problem solving to tackle ambiguity and raise the bar
  • Creative, energetic personality, able to influence the agenda and inspire others
  • Decisive, taking ownership, bringing unique perspectives and leadership
  • Team player and track record on coaching, talent and team management
  • Experience in multi-cultural and cross-divisional management


Hard skills

  • Advanced leadership and management training
  • Ability to launch and deliver large-scale transformation projects in leading role
  • Proven track record in building, managing and developing high-performing teams
  • Excellent presentation and story-telling skills, including to senior management
  • Business acumen and understanding of the sporting goods/fashion industry and our key business operations (e.g., Sourcing, product creation, supply chain management)



  • Between 7-8 years of relevant work experience in MNC environment (e.g., top tier consulting, project management, apparel/fashion)
  • Within which 1-2 years proven track record of large scale project / program management experience; direct report / team management
  • Proven passion for and professional exposure to Sustainability a plus
  • University degree, advanced degrees in business, engineering or sustainability contexts a plus


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 GOPS S&P - Sustainability temp. until Sep. 2023 (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Global Operations
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Limited Duration
Number:  380488
Date:  Nov 13, 2021