Senior Manager Human Resources - DC Operations


Leads the HR business relationship for assigned departments in the areas of team performance, employee engagement, talent development, employee relations, performance management, immigration/mobility and rewards.  Partners with the Sr / HR Director to develop and implement HR strategies that enhance and support the business.  Strategically partners closely with assigned leaders and employees to ensure global and regional HR programs are implemented and supported thoughtfully and in accordance with adidas policy.  



•    Establish HR as a trusted business partner and ensure HR initiatives, programs, and policies are fully understood and implemented thoughtfully within the line of business.  
•    Partners closely with senior management in structuring and developing their respective teams to maximize performance and employee engagement.  Coach managers on talent management and how to best motivate and challenge all members of their teams (from high performers to under performers) to ensure employee performance, engagement and accountability.  Advise and guide in areas of organizational design and development.
•    Coach and consult with assigned managers on talent and succession management, and how to best motivate and challenge members of their teams, (from high performers to under performers) to ensure employee performance, engagement and accountability.
•    Address employee relations issues as both a management coach and employee advocate.  Apply effective mediation and problem-resolution with a solid understanding of company policy and practice.  Manages high-level or sensitive employee relations matters, such as terminations and investigations.
•    Support talent identification and provide support for recruitment for assigned line of business including aligning offer letters, start dates, non-competes, collaboration with mobility, ensuring compensation aligns with structure and internal equity.  
•    Leads complex multi-disciplinary projects that partner closely with our HR partners including Global and Market HR, Talent Acquisition, Rewards (Compensation, Benefits, eHR), Talent Management (Learning, Leadership, Succession Planning/Perf Management) to achieve the project’s objectives.
•    Lead & drive HR processes for assigned groups including:  Performance Standards (appraisals), Rewards initiatives, Succession Planning, & Talent management initiatives.  
•    Work closely with managers, HR Services and Finance to ensure consistency among various systems and Finance.  Drive consistency in tracking of FTE/position review and personnel expense tracking for assigned client groups. 
•    Partner closely with assigned line of business to write and evaluate job descriptions with Rewards.  Confirm all positions have been appropriately evaluated using GSMS, are consistent with similar positions in other regions and across line of businesses.
•    Maintains a strong connection with assigned lines of business to keep a finger on the pulse, develop relationships with leaders and employees and makes strategic recommendations/implements changes or actions to drive high performing teams and increased levels of engagement.  
•    Challenges current processes, proposing complete changes of existing processes where necessary and creates/implements solutions.
•    Acts as a mentor for less experienced HR Managers.
•    Other duties as assigned by HR leadership



•    NAM HRBP Team
•    Employees and line managers within assigned client group
•    HR Talent and Talent Acquisition
•    HR Services
•    Finance
•    HR Rewards
•    Legal & Employee Relations
•    DE&I Team


•    Proven ability to influence senior management in relation to people and team matters including the ability to establish a strong rapport and professional credibility with individuals in order to influence at all levels of the organization, including senior management at the M1+ level.
•    Ability to evaluate organizations, identify themes and work with leaders in order to identify HR solutions which enable them to increase effectiveness.
•    Strong business judgment with the ability to connect human resources with business goals. 
•    Ability to objectively coach employees and management through complex, difficult, and emotional issues.
•    Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information in a professional manner within the HR framework.
•    Must possess strong conflict resolution skills.
•    Must possess strong analytical skills to assess data, facts, and figures used to develop strategies designed to improve the business and see hidden problems
•    Proven ability to work independently and prioritize work
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – includes understanding of cultural differences, nuances and working effectively across borders with the ability to connect with all levels of the organization
•    Comfortable operating under high workload, navigating through gray areas and juggling competing priorities
•    Ability to learn and understand database concepts (SAP), how adidas tracks and maintains data
•    Advanced MS Office Skills
•    Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and oral
•    Ability to exercise sound judgment and effectively use decision making skills
•    Ability to make complex and difficult people decisions that will have a major effect on success of business
•    Must possess strong mental stamina to remain positive and approachable during times of stress
•    Ability to be able to interact comfortably with a diverse range on individuals and personalities
•    Strong employee relations and investigative capabilities to resolve and mediate conflict 
•    Excellent team orientation experience in a global organization preferable 
•    Must have the ability to participate in meetings across multiple global time zones for early morning (pre- 8:00 AM) calls and meetings 
•    Occasional travel domestically and internationally as required, sometimes with limited or no notice


•    Four-year college or university degree, preferably with emphasis in Human Resource Management, Business or related area.  Equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for degree 
•    Minimum 7 plus years progressive human resources experience
•    Previous HR experience working in a large, corporate structure, matrixed company environment as plus


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at adidas means championing individual uniqueness and cultivating a culture of belonging in which everyone can create at their best.  We embrace diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives and seek to create a workforce that reflects our consumers and communities.

adidas offers robust and progressive medical, including HSA (Health Savings Account) with employer funding or FSA (Flexible Spending Account) options, dental, vision, prescription drug coverage, adoption, with surrogate and fertility supportshort and long-term disability, and basic life and AD&D insurance, which can be supplemented with employee-paid coverage. Employees are able to enroll in adidas’ 401k plan and Stock Purchase Plan with employer match. Full-time employees are eligible for education assistance and generous Leave policies including 12 weeks of paid parental leave.

Employees are eligible to earn an annual bonus based on both company and personal performance. Employees accrue prorated flexible time off in the amount .4388 hours per day that increases with years of service,   eleven paid holidays throughout the calendar year and Service Time Off during milestone years.

We officially returned to office in a hybrid work environment, working 3 days in office and 2 days remote. 

The working location of this position is Indianapolis, Indiana.

Though our teammates hail from all corners of the world, our working language is English

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 Human Resources - DC Operations

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Indianapolis
TEAM:  Human Resources
State:  IN
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  501777
Date:  Sep 15, 2023