Director Materials Portfolio Management & Costing FW, Global Sourcing

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


  • Plan and develop strategies to ensure that FW Materials Sourcing contributes to the overall profitability of adidas
  • Ensure a best-in-class and competitive supplier portfolio for every material category
  • Lead and drive the implementation of data-driven sourcing best-practices and advanced materials costing approaches

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure a balanced and competitive supplier portfolio for every material category, taking into account multiple factors like cost competitiveness, innovativeness, quality and speed
  • Define the materials sourcing strategy and sign-off the portfolio strategy per material category jointly with the VP Materials Sourcing
  • Ensure and track the implementation of the material category specific portfolio strategy in line with the overall materials sourcing strategy [e.g., onboarding or phase-out of suppliers)
  • Own commercial relationship to all T2 suppliers across locations and material categories
  • Establish standardized, advanced and data-driven materials costing approaches and procedures across material categories, e.g., should-be costing or comprehensive cost breakdowns for material categories
  • Collaborate with the head of Materials Operations and VP Materials Sourcing on translating strategic portfolio decisions into operative actions across
  • Lead the seasonal Buffer Management process for materials and collaborate with Finance and T1 Costing to set the material buffer
  • Ensure together with the Sr Director FW Materials Sourcing that the materials strategy defined by the BUs/Horizontal teams and the materials sourcing strategy are always aligned and transparent to the Brand, Horizontal and Sourcing
  • Define and continuously improve the seasonal material price negotiation process, including system tasks such as price uploads as well as a comprehensive savings tracking
  • Lead the seasonal price negotiations and set targets for the material categories
  • Collaborate and align sourcing strategy with stakeholders
  • Steer and ensure the implementation of the defined portfolio strategy and supplier reactions with all stakeholders, e.g., no new developments with suppliers that will be phased-out
  • Ensure the accurate and continuous tracking of market data for raw materials, currencies, and other cost factors to enable the comprehensive analysis of material cost
  • Ensure that general price trend information as well as cost indications for new developments are shared with stakeholders where appropriate
  • Ensure and guide the application of advanced procurement techniques, e.g., tendering of materials
  • Develop business reporting capabilities that enable effective tracking of supplier performance measures as well as a comprehensive analysis of adidas materials spend
  • Manage the Quarterly Business Reporting process including material localization, turnover, and complexity reporting
  • Communicate seasonal savings to Finance

Key Relationships:

  • T2 suppliers
  • Materials operations
  • Materials technology incubation
  • Costing
  • Finance
  • BUs
  • Horizontal teams

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, able to lead a team and communicate at senior management level
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Strong business sense and analytical skills
  • Strong negotiation and costing skills
  • Excellent presentation and communications skills (written and verbal)
  • Ability to drive initiatives and change
  • Strong knowledge of Footwear industry and manufacturing methods
  • Good knowledge of MS office, especially PowerPoint and ExcelFluent in English both written and spoken

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in Business Administration, Finance or Procurement preferred
  • 7-10+ years professional experience in footwear manufacturing, preferably in Costing or Materials function.
  • Fluent in English, knowledge of another language (ideally Mandarin, Vietnamese, Bahasa, or German) an advantage
  • Knowledge of athletic footwear industry and/or project management preferred

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Job Title:  Director Materials Portfolio Management & Costing FW, Global Sourcing

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Hong Kong
TEAM:  Sourcing
State:  91
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  284428
Date:  Jan 6, 2021