Director SCM Product Owner - Customs (m/f/d)


The purpose of the SCM Product department is to enable operational excellence and future readiness of the process and system landscape across SCM, covering global SCM (and adjacent) functions, as well as market SCM teams. The key objectives of the department are:


  • Translating strategic direction & demand into a domain strategy and product portfolio which is well-balanced between enabling future readiness (3+ years horizon) and solving operational challenges (12-month horizon).
  • Executing product ownership for all digital products in the domain.
  • Executing business process ownership on an operational level.
  • Providing change management & support for these processes and related systems.


As a Director Product Ownership at S&P SCM Products, you are responsible for the quality and strategic impact of a wide range of digital products which within a domain. Together with your agile team(s) you work on continuously improving and evolving the product area in order to maximize the value for all internals customers.


Partnering with IT and internal stakeholders to define a robust product backlog, managing capability expansion increments and leading the team towards definition of new functionalities & best practices are a few examples of the activities that will be expected from this role. Additionally, you will be the strategic interface to various key stakeholders (such as global SCM functions, local SCM teams and adjacent Global teams such as Finance & Sourcing) for the product area, to drive user engagement and satisfaction, as well as ensuring future readiness.


Key Accountabilities

Scope:  Accountable for a wide range of products & capabilities  (>1m € budget)


  1. Product Strategy & Delivery
  • Be accountable for the success of the product, considering the value for the consumer and the company (ROI).
  • Define the mid to long-term vision and roadmap of the product considering the value for the user community and the company.
  • Be accountable for product delivery in line with the roadmap and committed delivery dates.
  • Identify and solve dependencies within and beyond your product to ensure efficient delivery.


  1. Stakeholder Management
  • Represent the business for the product, fostering strong relationships with key stakeholders to ensure that their views and requirements are captured in the product backlogs
  • Act as the ambassador for your products, showcasing the key functionalities, driving product adoption and assuring operational excellence together with IT peers.
  • Manage relationships outside the product efficiently to ensure that the product teams can work autonomously.


  1. Backlog Management
  • Drive the evolution of the product backlogs in collaboration with the product owners.
  • Coach the product analysts in your area to ensure that the product teams are delivering the right enhancements to drive user satisfaction and business value.
  • Influence backlog priorities in the own product.
  • Influence dependent product backlogs from other products.


  1. Monitoring
  • Be accountable for monitoring, optimization and enhancement of the configuration, features and functionalities related to the product.
  • Ensure that objective data sources and feedback are used for the optimization of the product.


  1. People Management
  • Build the appropriate structure to be able to manage the organization effectively, identify and develop the future talents and create realistic succession scenarios for key positions.
  • Ensure appropriate leadership skills are present at every level by creating a motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained and provided with career opportunities through development.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate team workload and organizational efficiency with the support of data and team feedback and make appropriate changes in order to meet business needs.
  • Provide team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and strategic objectives


Key Relationships

  • Product Team(s)
  • Global SCM functions, Market SCM teams & adjacent teams (Finance)
  • Global IT teams
  • S&P and Market SCM Development teams


Knowledge, Capabilities and Experience

  • The qualities necessary to forge strong interpersonal alliances and motivate others at all levels both within and outside the global organization. Leverage relationships effectively to drive individual performance and move the team agenda forward
  • Strong analytical skills
  • In-depth domain knowledge
  • In-depth understanding of IT products and capabilities
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking / Big Picture in supported initatives
  • Experience in transformation programs and change management projects.
  • Excellent communication skills and facilitation skills especially when interacting with different levels of business
  • Pro- active (engaging & impact-oriented) mindset, ability to think end-to-end
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different international cultures
  • Ability to travel, domestic or international, as required
  • Fluent English (verbal and written)
  • Excellent presentation skills



  1. University degree in business administration or a related field
  2. Minimum 10 years of relevant business experience in Supply Chain / IT
  3. 2+ years of experience in leading a team
  4. Market experience preferred
  5. Experience in working with stakeholders and experts at various organizational levels
  6. Experience as a Product Owner in multiple product areas or domains

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Job Title:  Director SCM Product Owner - Customs (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Strategy
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  314908
Date:  Apr 22, 2021