Director Strategic Program Management


Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Develop, drive, lead, and deploy key strategic ERP initiatives and implementations, from planning to execution, across the North America organization

As the head of PMO, they will achieve this mission by:

  • Driving and guiding initiative owners in planning, execution and tracking the modules and initiatives – while providing deep-dive support on select initiatives with value-added analysis
  • Initiating regular communication and working sessions with the senior leadership team and board-level executives on initiative progress, issues, decisions and recommended future actions
  • Developing and sharing best practices across the entire organization 
  • Working closely with functional PM leaders and Global PM leaders to align and deploy ERP solutions and improvements


Key Responsibilities:   


  • Develop and execute a systematic approach to support senior management in identifying the right functions and processes to focus on
  • Coordinate and manage program development, planning and prioritization processes across functions
  • Drive and guide initiative business owners in setting objectives, developing detailed plans and defined KPIs


  • Engage with initiative business owners and senior management to determine roles and contributions for each initiative
  • Identify and implement organizational change management tools and techniques to maximize program success
  • Coordinate and drive initiative business owners to generate regular progress updates while ensuring consistent planning and execution from function to function
  • Coach, mentor, and develop PMs across all programs and initiatives they oversee


  • Drive project budget management, business casing, cost/return estimations (as required)

Systems and Processes

  • Closely track throughout the project life-cycle and organize regular updates with senior management on module/initiative progress
  • During planning and execution, provide value-added analytical support to enable fact-based decisions
  • Coordinate with Human Resources on initiative KPI’s and performance evaluation
  • Conduct detailed program retrospectives and apply learnings to future programs

People Management

  • Develop and lead the PMO team to fulfill its mission and targets
  • Provide senior management with objective perspective on progress, priorities and directions while managing their expectations
  • Provide advice and feedback to initiative business owners and team to ensure high quality, timely execution
  • Actively manage a network across the organization to ensure the PMO and the ERP project portfolio are focused and priortized


  • Drive and guide initiative business owners to further develop project and change management skills and discipline


Key Relationships:


  • Global project leaders & stakeholders
  • Function heads, senior management, key stakeholders of projects and initiatives



  • Service providers / vendors


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • ERP Program Management
  • Change Management
  • Executive Communication skills
  • Planning and organization
  • Manage relationships and diversity
  • Analysis and problem solving
  • Manage business – process and projects
  • Manage and develop people
  • Influencing others
  • Willingness and ability to rapidly learn and adapt – to build business acumen and develop general management competency
  • Initiative & entrepreneurial – to take initiative and proactively seek opportunity for improvement
  • Leadership & Influence – to lead diverse project teams and influence strategically towards common goal
  • Managing through change – ability to manage through changes and uncertainties


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience leading ERP implementations
  • Minimum of 10 years of general business experience
  • Experience with leading consumer brand
  • Extensive experience in and strong skills of process, project, and change management
  • Experience in working closely with executives, senior managers and leaders across functions
  • Experience in a leading management consulting firm is a plus
  • MBA or other business- related qualification
  • Solid skills in Word, Excel, Power Point etc.
  • Basic financial and modeling knowledge

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 Strategic Program Management

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Marketing & Communications
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  374549
Date:  Nov 3, 2021