Senior Manager Costing Footwear- Originals (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

We’ll never launch a product unless we consider it perfect. Our product development teams create every shirt, every shoe and every piece of equipment for thousands of athletes and  fashion lovers as if it was one of a kind. And it truly is, as they weave their passion into every single product. But translating designs, drawings and renderings into real products requires a lot of decision making.
As Senior Manager Product Costing Footwear, you are contributing to the Brand's growth and profitability by gaining a full understanding of its business potential, anticipating requirements, proposing cost-based solutions to achieve Brand adidas objectives. You will be responsible to drive the overall costing performance of the Business Unit through implementation of Global  Footwear Costing process and standards, assuring product cost value maximizing and company go-in margin targets are met by leading and guiding the Creation teams to optimize landed  costs through a clear understanding of cost driver trends and product engineering opportunities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide product costing expertise during product creation cycles to advise on key cost drivers and options to maximize product value and costs to meet margin targets.
  • Provide technical costing expertise to enable design for manufacturing, facilitating conversations to maximize product cost value with cross-functional teams.
  • Create margin report at each of milestone and analysis gaps. Drive follow up with leaders, development, and product line manager for any variation’s vs target margin/FOBs.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of systems and process to ensure costing requirements are met and to improve costing performance.
  • Increase awareness and understanding for cost process within organization through effective communication and training.
  • Drive & Implement projects to enhance Costing processes & framework in collaboration with Brand & Operations.
  • Actively Participate in Sourcing meetings, sharing BU challenges & opportunities, to find solutions.
  • Influence allocation decisions, by creating transparency of landed cost optimization.
  • Ensure costing standards, policies and & practices are shared, followed accurately from start to finish while following established timelines and calendars.
  • Prepare & communicate additional analysis as required, Cost driver trend / FOB & Margin analysis.
  • Ability to bridge financial data.
  • Contribute to long term financial margin planning and FOB forecasting for Business Unit
  • Drive Senior Leadership Costing and Margin review meeting, preparing relevant executive summaries.
  • Strategically manage globally assigned cost drivers and develop an E2E costing.
  • Ensure all relevant costing systems are maintained, partnering with relevant stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with relevant stakeholders to drive innovation, ensuring transparency of cost 
    and maximizing product value.
  • Manage your team members by providing clear direction/targets and creating a motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained, and provided with career opportunities through development.  


Key Relationships  

  • Brand: Design, Marketing and merchandising
  • Product Operations – Development, Materials, Pattern and Planning 
  • Global Operations: LO/OC Merchandising, Technical Services and Costing
  • T1


Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of cost drivers and experience working with engineering, supply chain and sourcing partners
  • Strong knowledge of sporting goods industry, specializing in product costing, product development, or marketing
  • Exceptional analytical skills and ability to provide proactive solutions with limited direction and input
  • Highly collaborative with solid change management skills
  • Ability to work both independently and cooperatively with a diverse group of people
  • Advanced MS Office Skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Power-Point).
  • Excellent communication skills in English, convincing stakeholders up to the senior leadership level

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  1. University degree in footwear technology, manufacturing, engineering or business, or technical degree as footwear technician
  2. Alternatively, combination of relevant education, experience, and training
  3. Minimum 4 years of relevant work experience in Product Costing

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:  Senior Manager Costing Footwear- Originals (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  506594
Date:  May 14, 2024