Director Procurement

Purpose & overall relevance for the organization:


Drive the development and execution of procurement strategies and sourcing in alignment with the Vice President Procurement, Americas. Execute stakeholder management to maximize total cost of ownership savings and Procurement’s value contribution. Strive to meet the mutually agreed procurement targets contributing to the overall budget targets. Assure achieving compliance targets with policies, strategies, and processes.  This role will be based in Portland.


Key Responsibilities:


Define category strategy for the respective procurement categories:

  • Lead and manage the development and execution of the respective categories. Ensure procurement category related strategies are in alignment with global procurement, senior management and relevant Business Partners and their Brand objectives.
  • Implement the seven step sourcing process
  • In partnership with stakeholders deliver breakthrough sourcing solutions, and improve the supplier ecosystem
  • Continuously manage, challenge and develop capabilities across categories
  • Benchmark category practices to identify initiatives for improvement
  • Build category specific strategic plan in alignment with global, markets and countries
  • Align strategic plan to financial budget and global business strategies
  • Define P2P and buying channel strategies, identify and consider automation potential and P2P/ channel effectiveness


Lead market strategy implementation and savings realization:

  • Initiate internal and external analysis (industry and supplier)
  • Consolidate requirements and act as business partner for business/ other functions, supporting the alignment and optimization of specification with the business / other functions
  • Lead contract implementation and drive contract compliance
  • Be accountable for efficient enablement of negotiation outcomes by increasing the level of automated content within the category, instructing on new content updates and by providing clear instructions about the category strategy to enable compliance
  • Be accountable for savings delivery according to the mutually defined targets


Support the work and efforts of a cross-functional sourcing team in all stages of a strategic sourcing project:

  • Collaborate and align with global/ market/ country procurement teams as applicable
  • Support supplier selection and fact-based negotiations
  • Contribute to leading practice exchange throughout Procurement organization
  • Lead RfX execution: Select supplier and drive fact based negotiations
  • Collaborate with legal to finalize contractual agreement and its administration
  • Work with Procurement Leads to implement and activate contracts globally


Manage commercial supplier relationship management with key suppliers within the defined category scope:

  • Maintain and manage relationship with suppliers identified as key suppliers in the respective category, monitors performance of key strategic suppliers according to the guidelines
  • Lead supplier development activities; set up cross-functional review meetings with key strategic suppliers to improve performance and further cost / demand reductions
  • Support the identification of potential contract improvement opportunities and re-negotiations


Manage relationship with key stakeholders and business representatives:

  • Provide input on volume/ specification/ price to build smart consumption policies
  • Act as an escalation point for category related issues and drive resolution in line with global Procurement policies
  • Achieve “buy-in” from key stakeholders for major procurement initiatives
  • Create and outline contribution for budget improvements
  • Manage relationships with market and country business units. Foster that needs are being identified, represented and incorporated into category strategies
  • Own price information, contributing to budgeting process
  • Support resource allocation between global and market/ country category initiatives
  • Act as Point of Contact for the business to assure business requirements are met



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Advanced in sourcing and procurement methodologies and concepts and business partnering
  • Expert in category management and sourcing execution
  • Extremely good knowledge of procurement strategy development and conveyance
  • Strong knowledge of procurement tools and data, content and automation
  • Expert in risk and compliance management
  • Strong ability to analyze specifications and influence demand
  • Extensive capability to independently interact throughout the adidas Group
  • Project and process management knowledge and experience
  • Excellent presentation, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Action oriented and solution minded team player with high degree of self-management
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written
  • Travel up to 25%


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a 4-year accredited college or university with emphasis on the areas of business, economics, finance, procurement or legal, MBA is a plus.
  • 10+ years relevant working experience, preferable with project and people management elements
  • Industry specific experience preferred


adidas requires all US based employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved accommodation.  Proof of vaccination is required. adidas is an equal opportunity employer and will consider requests for accommodation in accordance with all relevant laws.  

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 Procurement

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  414889
Date:  Jan 13, 2022