Recruitment Partner Early Careers (m/f/d)



As Recruitment Partner ECTA you will play a crucial role in identifying, attracting, and selecting the next generation of talent into adidas. You will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with these schools and will effectively represent the adidas brand on campus


You will have a deep understanding of the adidas’ culture, values, and strategic objectives and will utilize this knowledge to attract the brightest talent to the brand from our target schools. You will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with these schools and will effectively represent the adidas brand on campus


In collaboration with the ECTA Team, HR and ECTA Steerco, you will design and execute a comprehensive campus recruitment strategy for your assigned business area. This includes attending campus career fairs and the organization of information sessions, workshops, and other recruitment events. You collaborate with academic departments and student organizations to ensure maximum exposure and engagement with potential candidates.

During peak recruitment seasons you will travel often, balancing the delivery of on-campus events with ongoing recruitment processes.


Utilizing a data driven approach you will lead an industrialized hiring process, incorporating technology throughout. Throughout this recruitment process, you will provide a stellar candidate experience by offering guidance, timely feedback, and transparency.


As Recruitment Partner ECTA you will be passionate about the early careers space and will stay up to date on industry trends, academic programs, and emerging technologies to identify the most relevant talent for the organization.


This role will primarily focus on pupil recruitment (apprentices & dual students) incl. school engagement and plays a key role in identifying the brand’s next generation of leaders Impeccable communication, relationship building and networking skills are a must.





  • In partnership with the broader ECTA Team, HR and the ECTA Steerco, design and implement a comprehensives campus recruitment strategy that is aligned to the relevant business areas future talent needs.
  •  Identify key target schools, plan/attend career fairs, information sessions, utilize online platforms, and networking events, to engage with potential candidates and promote the adidas early career roles.
  • Build strong relationships with colleges, universities, career services offices, faculty members, and student organizations. Establish rapport and maintain regular communication to enhance the organization's brand and visibility on campus.
  • Lead an industrialized recruitment process, including video interviews, talent/role pooling and (virtual) assessment centres.
  • Deliver a positive candidate experience throughout the recruitment process. Providing timely communication, offering guidance and support, delivering a seamless and professional candidate experience from initial contact to final decision.
  • Effectively bring the adidas EVP to life on campus. Promoting the adidas brand, values, and culture to attract and engage potential candidates. Showcasing the brand’s unique selling points and creating a compelling employer brand presence on campus.
  • With exact precision, effectively track and analyse key recruitment metrics, such as candidate conversion rates, time-to-hire, and source effectiveness. Regularly report on key metrics and insights, highlighting trends, areas for improvement, and strategies for optimizing campus recruitment efforts.
  • Lead the entire recruitment process including requisition approval, hiring manager briefing, job advertising, candidate sourcing, application review, candidate screening, interview strategy, and offer process and continuously work with the hiring teams to identify opportunities to improve the process.
  • Provide guidance to the hiring teams throughout the recruitment process and frequently update them on the status of the process.
  • Own responsibility for candidate and hiring manager experience results and drives standards to ensure a quality performance against all standards.
  • Effectively utilize comprehensive knowledge of adidas brand and adidas Group offerings, benefits, comp strategies, and programs to market adidas and the adidas Group as an Employer of Choice.
  • Lead additional recruitment initiatives as needed.
  • Plan and participate in strategic planning meetings with functional/market leadership and key business partners of all levels to understand current and upcoming requirements in order to build a strategy on effective recruitment activities for positions within your area of responsibility.
  • Conduct ‘season’ review meetings with business leaders and key business partners to provide an overview of recruiting achievements as well as opportunities to improve hiring performance moving forward.
  • Utilize recruitment systems effectively following key standards, documenting key actions, recommending improvements and ensuring all data is accurate for reporting purposes.
  • Apply and adapt broader talent acquisition strategies (employer branding, internal recruiting, diversity, etc.) within your designated function or market.




Managers in adidas play a critical role in the execution of the priorities and core services of the HR function at adidas. They support a single-business-unit or region, in some cases extending across the organization and are functional experts who demonstrate subject matter expertise and take strong personal ownership over the delivery of great (final) work product and results. They have the ability to blend functional expertise with a comprehensive view of the bigger picture. They are able to prioritize without losing sight of the overarching goals. Our Managers are skilled at capturing data from a variety of sources and analyze and interpret the findings as well as presenting those findings to the business and HR leaders. They influence based on subject matter expertise and offers relevant (external) insights for input to business strategy discussions. They support their leadership in setting expectations and standards and coach others through change and transformation.





  • Minimum of 4-6 years’ experience in Early Careers Recruiting, ideally across multiple European locations
  • Industry experience and deep knowledge of the footwear, apparel and/or retail industry
    • Experienced working in large, international/global matrix company
  • Demonstrated track record of driving end2end, holistic recruitment mandates (including  sourcing, assessing and hiring talent in volume roles )and global recruiting initiatives (i.e. proactive recruiting, internal recruiting, diversity, etc.) to achieve hiring goals.
  • Experienced in offer negotiation, awareness of local legislation and employment market/compensation trends.
  • International experience, having worked on projects in multiple geographies
  • Knowledgeable about managing diversity & inclusion from talent acquisition perspective.
  • Min BA degree in HR, Business or related studies
  • strong written and verbal communication skills in English are a must
  • Spanish, Italian, French and / or German language skills beneficial







  • Adi values
    • champions our values and culture
  • Self leadership
    • continuously develop self to stay up to date on industry trends and developments in area of expertise, benchmarks performance against industry best practices, gives and receives feedback, incorporates it into their own development plan
  • Commercial and business acumen
    • good understanding of the business, from a business, strategic, financial and product point of view, able to translate this to strategy/plan in own area and convey in a compelling way to the market.
  • Effective communicator
    • Strong interpersonal skills, communicates effectively in writing and verbally, has gravitas and able to build relationships.



Role Specific Capabilities:

  • Driving results
    • Strong results and delivery focus, takes personal ownership to deliver best results, manages recruitment mandates of self and team, and strives & drives operational excellence in team and projects. 
  • Data & Insights
    • brings outside in perspectives, uses data and insights to influence decisions, drives broader talent/recruitment solutions. 
  • Candidate development
    • Candidate centric mindset, decisions inspired by how we can impact the experience positively in every touchpoint.
  • Drive change and transformation
    • Embrace change and transformation, able to problem solve, bring new ideas to improve and push the envelope.


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:  Recruitment Partner Early Careers (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Human Resources
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  509952
Date:  May 7, 2024