Director Human Resources - Distribution Center Operations (m/f/d)


To lead and enable a people eco system around moments that matter – delivering value at every touchpoint by ensuring the implementation of the People Strategy for the respective function/business area. Act as "Strategic HR Partner” to the organization and our people and lead the HR team locally, regionally.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Key contact for the VP SCM Europe - DC Operations  and respective business leaders
  • Trusted advisor on people issues to Senior Leadership Team, coach and mentor Senior Leaders to be empowered around people, engagement and performance topics/decisions
  • Drive and execute the People Strategy for the area of responsibility, focussing on any areas of strategic importance
  • Drive complex organizational design, change and transformation programmes, redesigning structures around strategic objectives.
  • Identify and build skills and capabilities against strategic initiatives, lead strategic workforce planning process
  • Use data, analysis and dashboards to shape organizational strategy
  • Support Business with building succession and talent pipelines with robust succession plans for Senior Leadership positions within the area of responsibility.
  • Develop Leadership Bench for the future
  • Manage consistent execution of core HR Processes in full compliance with adidas policy, legal and regulatory boundaries.
  • Quickly respond to complaints, questions, needs from senior managers
  • On a regional level drive and support on site activities e.g. campus closure, holiday parties, all local initiatives, branding, etc.
  • Highlight business priorities to Rewards, Talent and Strategy Office to ensure needs and requirements are embedded in new initiatives, programs and systems
  • Ensure a global HR reporting for respective functional area in close cooperation with controlling and global partners. Anticipating people trends/trend forecasting
  • Maintain a high level of communication with Management and contribute to the decision-making process of structuring and developing the team for the organization Actively support business initiatives and business needs with effective HR measures and promote positive employee relations in the work environment


DC Operations specifics:

  • Drives consistent harmonization and standardization of HR processes across all European DCs in close collaboration with local HR partners
  • Defines and executes the strategy on local external labour providers across the different European DCs. Manages, reviews and controls external contracts and negotiations
  • Leads and manage all negotiations and relations with Works Council, Trade Unions, Tariff committees regarding all DC tariffs and legislation agreements (where applicable)
  • Defines and constantly reviews shift systems and shift benefits across different industries and implements best practices in close alignment with mid/long term DC volumes and forecast plans
  • Give functional direction to the local European DC HR partner on global and regional strategies and initiatives to ensure harmonized approach to all relevant HR programs
  • Be the HR site lead for DC Rieste and DC Scheinfeld/Uffenheim


Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • HR Capabilities: Employee relations, German labour law, change management, organizational design delivery, maintain external perspective, workforce planning, reporting & analytics
  • Business Capabilities: Commercial Awareness, Supply Chain & DC/Logistics knowledge, customer focus, knowledge of the value chain and key processes to use and impact on the people outcome and strategy
  • Consulting Capabilities: Brokering solutions to meet business needs, ability to customise/sell HR solutions in creative ways. Trusted Advisor, impact & influence, facilitation and coaching, project delivery and leadership development
  • A team leader with excellent management skills
  • Strong customer orientation, coaching and mediation skills
  • Articulate and clear in written and verbal communication. Engaging presentations to large groups and teams. Provides ideas and thought leadership on people topics. Confident, creative and collaborative and role models this within the team, coaching others across the team
  • Presentation and facilitation skills to all employees including senior management
  • Drives innovation and fosters the development of new ideas, approaches and methods
  • Drives change processes by applying change management methods
  • Shows deep understanding of the overall strategy and derived goals. Translates goals in actionable projects or tasks
  • Strong convincing and influencing skills. Communicates clearly, has a clear opinion and conveys ideas to the point


Requisite Education and Experience:

  1. Master degree focusing on Business Administration, Human Resources Management, or related field 
  2. Minimum of 8-10 years of progressive experience, mainly in a DC environment ideally with experience in HR DC Management, Rewards, Talent or business function
  3. International experience and mindset
  4. Fluent in English and German
  5. Proven strategic HR partner, who supported business partners and contributed to the further development of standard global HR tools and programs
  6. Experience in handling complicated employee relations issues (including union drives/organizing attempts, discrimination claims, sexual harassment investigations).
  7. Experience in leading a HR team on acquisition/divestiture and integration of a new organization



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Job Title:  Director Human Resources - Distribution Center Operations (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Rieste
TEAM:  Human Resources
State:  NI
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  245192