Senior Director Development APP & FTW, Culture, Collaborations & Partnerships

Senior Director Development Apparel/Footwear – Culture, Collaborations & Partnerships



Area                                                                                                    Global Operations

Department                                                                                     Product Operations

Subsidiary/country                                                                     USA

Location                                                                                            LOS ANGELES

Direct Reporting Line                                                                 Vice President, Product Operations 

Number of Personnel Managed                                              20+

Cost Center/Budget and/or Revenue Responsibility    Yes


Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization


Product development Oversee the creative technical execution for Apparel / Footwear/ Accessories styles from seasonal kick-off through to commercialization / mass production (buy-ready) – in order to meet / exceed the aesthetic, quality, price and delivery needs of adidas and our Markets.

Style cost management Drive style engineering to meet commercial expectations / target prices / FOB

In-season responsiveness drive reaction to upcoming trends / new market insights w/in the season through rapid creation

Continuous improvement Lead and challenge the product creation teams to ensure that the source base, creation processes and culture are state-of-the art and support the evolving objectives of the business


Key Responsibilities

Product development / creative technical execution

Set and execute strategic development direction for product creation for area of responsibility.

Drive the development strategy by balancing, where appropriate, unique fashion calendar needs and global alignment

Ensure that product is finalized according to market needs in terms of timing, costing, product specification and product integrity (incl. proto quality)

Work closely with Sourcing to establish a seasonal development strategy


Style cost management

Monitor costing results at early & later stages in the creation cycle – together with T1 suppliers & Sourcing

Drive proposal of opportunities to Design and Marketing for where quality or cost could be improved without sacrificing product aesthetics (together with suppliers & Sourcing)


In-season responsiveness

Develop / evolve creation tracks to support in-season response

Drive execution of “reactive” creation processes in close collaboration with supplier and effective use of their in-house design and creation capabilities – in close collaboration with Design and Marketing


Continuous improvement

Structure/evolve the organization to ensure that the team keeps the highest emphasis on creating the best product (quality/cost), providing a high price/value relationship and ontime to market demand

Design, develop, and implement customized processes that support Partner Needs.

Continuously explore and implement new systems and technologies that make product development faster, more efficient and more effective while elevating product integrity

Drive strategic alignment with marketing and design to achieve shared business targets, in a committed and successful cross-functional team environment

Build up and develop the team (objective setting, assessments, training, development), foster productive cross-category cooperation within the greater department

Continuously monitor and evaluate team workload and organizational efficiency with the support of IT systems, data and analysis and team feedback and make appropriate changes in order to meet business needs.


Key Relationships

Marketing, Design


Supply Chain Management

Human Resources

Costing, Materials, Planning

Performance Management


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Strong technical knowledge of garment construction and manufacturing methods of shoes

In-depth understanding of products in the lifestyle/Fast Fashion environment

Pro-active (engaging & impact-oriented) mindset, willingness to take risks on decisions

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different international cultures

Business mindset: Strong numerical and analytical skills, experience in costing

Excellent ability to handle complex projects to meet deadlines

Ability to effectively present information and respond to information requests from senior executives, stakeholders, cross functional business leaders, peers, clients, and customers.

Ability to coach, manage, align, motivate and develop team members

Desire and ability to work closely and collaboratively with other members of Product Operations and Brand leadership teams

Ability to travel, domestic or international, as required

Fluent English (verbal and written) required, German/Asia languages is an additive

Strong MS-Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

Undergraduate university degree

13 years progressive work experience in the Apparel/Footwear industry, specializing in Product Development, Sourcing and/or Materials or directly related field with appropriate management experience

Previous experience in product development in a partnerships/collaboration enviornment is required

7 years of Management experience of leading cross functional teams


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 support, short 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 14 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,  ​twelve​ paid holidays throughout the calendar year and Service Time Off during milestone years.  

The anticipated low and high end of the base pay range for this position is ($193,200 - $265,000). Actual salary will be based on various factors, such as a candidate’s experience, qualifications, skills and competencies, and proficiency for the role.   

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 Los Angeles, CA.   

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 Director Development APP & FTW, Culture, Collaborations & Partnerships

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Los Angeles
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  CA
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  508940
Date:  Apr 2, 2024