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Director Tech Project Management Trading & Digital Analytics

At adidas, our love for sport drives who we are and what we do. But just as a ball is more than leather and thread, and a shoe more than padding and plastic, we are bigger than our products. We don't just work to create faster shoes and lighter fabrics. We strive to help athletes everywhere perform their best. We believe that it's hard work inventing the future of sport, and that's why we love it; that when you push your limits, you make it possible for others to push theirs.

We believe that through Sport, we have the power to change lives.

To change lives, we have to create direct relationships with consumers and the best way to accelerate building direct relationships is through Digital.

 

PURPOSE:

Part of the Trading & Digital Analytics team in Digital Tech, the role will focus on standardizing and improving portfolio management processes, including rituals and governance, and driving improved dependency management with clear transparency and prioritization, as well as running portfolio level product area lead scrum, building and operating a high-throughput, high-volume data products towards real-time fact-based trading and consumer experience.

The role acquires and utilizes the necessary resources and skills, within agreed parameters of cost, timescales, and quality. The adoption and adaptation of project management methodologies based on the context of the project and selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approach or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches. Additionally, the Tech Project Manager is capable to manage technology-focused projects and understands software solutions or system architecture.

 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

 

Demand management

  • Implements demand management analysis and planning activities.
  • Provides advice to help stakeholders adopt and adhere to the agreed demand management approach.
  • Performs what-if analyses and scenario planning; develops insights and proposals to improve business value.
  • Manages the process of integrating demand management with complementary strategic, operational and change management processes.
  • Reviews new business proposals; provides advice on demand issues and routes requests to the right place.
  • Works with business representatives to agree and implement short-term and medium-term modifications to demand.
  • Maintains a register of business requests, including the status of each request, reporting as required.

Project management

  • Takes full responsibility for the definition, approach, facilitation and satisfactory completion of medium-scale projects (typically with direct business impact and firm deadlines).
  • Identifies, assesses and manages risks to the success of the project.
  • Ensures that realistic project plans are maintained and ensures regular and accurate communication to stakeholders.
  • Adopts appropriate project management methods and tools whether predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Ensures Quality reviews occur on schedule and according to the procedure.
  • Manages the change control procedure and ensures that project deliverables are completed within agreed cost, timescale and resource budgets, and are signed off.
  • Provides effective leadership to the project team and takes appropriate action where team performance deviates from agreed tolerances.

Portfolio, program and project support

  • Takes responsibility for the provision of portfolio, program and project support.
  • Advises on the available standards, procedures, methods, tools and techniques.
  • Evaluates project and/or program performance and recommends changes where necessary. Contributes to reviews and audits of project and program management to ensure conformance to standards.

Business analysis

  • Takes responsibility for investigative work to determine business requirements and specify effective business processes, through improvements in information systems, information management, practices, procedures, and organization change.
  • Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate business analysis methods, tools and techniques; selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders at all levels, in the conduct of investigations for strategy studies, business requirements specifications and feasibility studies.
  • Prepares business cases that define potential benefits, options for achieving these benefits through the development of new or changed processes, and associated business risks.

Requirements definition and management

  • Plans and drives scoping, requirements definition and prioritization activities for large, complex initiatives.
  • Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate requirements definition and management methods, tools and techniques selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Obtains input from, and formal agreement to, requirements from a diverse range of stakeholders. Negotiates with stakeholders to manage competing priorities and conflicts.
  • Establishes requirements baselines.
  • Ensures changes to requirements are investigated and managed.
  • Contributes to the development of organizational methods and standards.

Change implementation planning and management

  • Creates the business readiness plan, taking into consideration IT deployment, data migration, capability deployment (training and engagement activities) and any business activities required to integrate new digital processes or jobs into the "business as usual" environment.
  • Determines the readiness levels of business users with regard to upcoming changes; uncovers readiness gaps and creates and implements action plans to close the gaps prior to going live.
  • Assists the user community in the provision of transition support and change planning, and liaises with the project team.
  • Monitors and reports progress on business readiness targets, business engagement activity, training design and deployment activities, key operational metrics and return to productivity measures.
  • Defines the series and sequence of activities to bring stakeholders to the required level of commitment, prior to going live.

Relationship management

  • Identifies the communications and relationship needs of stakeholder groups.
  • Translates communications/stakeholder engagement strategies into specific activities and deliverables.
  • Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact by developing, maintaining and working to stakeholder engagement strategies and plans. 
  • Provides informed feedback to assess and promote understanding.
  • Facilitates business decision-making processes.
  • Captures and disseminates technical and business information.

 

PEOPLE / RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

  • Identifies the communications and relationship needs of stakeholder groups.
  • Translates communications/stakeholder engagement strategies into specific activities and deliverables.
  • Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact by developing, maintaining and working to stakeholder engagement strategies and plans. 
  • Provides informed feedback to assess and promote understanding.
  • Facilitates business decision-making processes.
  • Captures and disseminates technical and business information.

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • BS/MS with a focus on Computer Science, Business Administration or IT or related areas, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Passion about Software, Data and People
  • Minimum 10-year experience in Tech.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in team management including professional.
  • Proficient spoken and written command of English.
  • International Experience - ideally working abroad and mobile in leadership roles for multiple years and has functional/market experience in projects with a local/global perspective
  • Participated in a global project execution/ significant contribution to local/functional project
  • Drive and collaborate on team blueprint design internal/external, central ownership of sourcing. Setup for both quarterly and annual planning, including tech & delivery hubs (team blueprint design/agile experience)

 

FROM US YOU WILL GET:

You will join us as a senior leader of our fastest-paced organization, enriching our team and capabilities to even better push forward with more initiative to make adidas a better place. Together and individually, we will use, contribute and release open source.

You will be working in a flexible and family-friendly environment. We have options for childcare, fitness, an onsite canteen, a nice campus and other benefits that you’ll love:

  • A choice between MacBook Pro and Windows laptops
  • Mobile smartphone
  • Flexibility to work from home or the newly renovated Amsterdam headquarters (when restrictions are lifted)
  • 28 days paid holidays per year
  • Online and offline education resources, like Udemy and LinkedIn Learning
  • On-site gym
  • Employee discount on adidas products
  • Collective insurance discount
  • Commuter benefits
  • Discounted lunch at the office 

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 Tech Project Management Trading & Digital Analytics

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Amsterdam
TEAM:  Information Technology
State:  NH
Country/Region:  NL
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  375528
Date:  Nov 5, 2021