Director Project Management - GOPS S&P - Temp until August 2022 (m/f/d)


This is a key in-house 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.


  • Shape [Product/Fulfilment] Programs with focus on function / market area.
  • Own a program, project portfolio and ensure delivery of major change initiatives across functions
  • Support vision creation and roadmap for global implementation of solutions and tools and set strategic direction for roll-out of capabilities across brands
  • Build and cultivate high performance team
  • Represent the brand of [Product / Fulfilment] Programs to Global Operations community and beyond


Key Accountabilities

  • Support [Product/Fulfillment] strategy development process and project portfolio prioritization  
  • Anticipate and capitalize on opportunities for transformation within [Product/ Fulfillment] and Global Operations
  • Own and manage a program, project portfolio that drives change in the Product/ Fulfillment areas
  • Lead multiple (senior) program, project managers to deliver projects in alignment with strategic direction
  • Effectively deploy team and project resources to ensure high quality and consistency of deliverables
  • Lead communication to sponsors and senior management through effective story telling
  • Support [Product/Fulfillment] 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)


Key Relationships

  • 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:
    • Product (Creation functions, Footwear, Apparel and A&G product ops, etc.)
    • Markets (SCM and Sales functions) 
    • Marketing (horizontal and vertical BU divisions)
    • GOPS (Global IT, SCM, etc.)
    • Corporate functions


Knowledge, Capabilities and Experience

Soft skills:

  • End-to-end mindset, big picture view of problems on hand
  • Creative, energetic personality, able to influence the agenda
  • Decisive, taking ownership and leadership appearance
  • Track record on coaching, talent and team management
  • Experience in multi-cultural and cross-divisional management


Hard skills:

  • Advance leadership and management training
  • Excellent presentation and story-telling skills
  • Proven track records in managing large teams and/or external consultant
  • Ability to launch large-scale projects and proven track records of strategic project management experience, advanced understanding of business process management, methodologies, and principles
  • Business acumen and in-depth knowledge on Sourcing and/ or operation related processes


People management skills:

  • Lead and direct team of (senior) project managers
  • Handle all related line management responsibility
  • Coach and mentor team members with people development plan
  • Foster a highly motivational and encourage highly diverse working environment
  • Instills a team culture in which all important issues are discussed openly and constructively
  • Support definition and drive people strategy (e.g. recruitment)
  • Empowers individual team members and generates a can-do culture
  • Ambassadorship across network



  1. Between 7-8 years of relevant work experience in MNC environment (e.g.  top tier consulting, project management, apparel/fashion, supply chain management, background)
  2. Within which 1-2 years proven track record of large scale project / program management experience; direct report / team management a plus
  3. University degree, PMP and lean sigma certification preferred

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 Project Management - GOPS S&P - Temp until August 2022 (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Strategy
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Temp
Number:  327711
Date:  Jun 5, 2021