Manager Strategy Purpose & Sustainability (Circular Services) (m/w/d) - Europe

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


Sustainability is a key pillar of the adidas strategy “Own the Game”, and Circular Services are part of the comprehensive consumer-facing sustainability program which will help us reach our ultimate target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Circular Services are initiatives that aim to extend the lifecycle of our products and close loops in the organizational system by minimizing resources, waste, and emission to reduce environmental pressure.


The Manager Strategy P&S (Circular Services) will be a key player within the Business Development Europe Purpose & Sustainability Team.  As an instrumental part of the team, you will execute and implement the creation of consumer facing Circular Services. You will be responsible to support execute up a brand-new business within adidas. You will provide insight & execute a plan that allows adidas to live our Sustainability efforts through this new Consumer Go-to-market strategy.



Key Responsibilities:



  • Support the set-up and execution of consumer facing product take back and re-commerce business models.
  • Drive new circular models’ ideation, conceptual design, through to execution to test and trial the constant evolution of Sustainability programs within the organization.
  • Act as center of excellence to Circular Services across product management and marketing.
  • Execute, monitor, and communicate the implementation of circular services between stakeholders across all levels.
  • Manage the ongoing metrics of project progression, monitoring inputs & outputs, and manage issues/risks to deliver against KPIs.
  • Deliver innovative ideas that disrupt the industry and provide unique consumer experiences.


Process Development

  • Partner with Digital, Strategy, and Marketing teams to deploy Circular Services.
  • Organize, and support objectives in alignment with seasonal brand and commercial strategy.
  • Develop and implement the Go-To-Market (GTM) processes for Circular Services.
  • Develop compelling program rollouts with a strong focus on sustainability and innovation.


Project Management

  • Develop seasonal plans in line with the global strategy.
  • Manage multiple workstreams across Circular Services.
  • Execute a new business plan.
  • Implement tools and processes to efficiently steer Circular Services.



Key Relationships:

  • Global Operations
  • Brand Strategy
  • Global Digital teams (i.e., membership marketing operations, digital activation)
  • EMEA market teams and local functions
  • Market e-com and Direct-To-Consumer Retail
  • External Brand Partners and Agencies



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Experience in setting up and executing new business models within an existing organization.
  • Background in product management, project management, or business development with additional sustainability experience preferred.
  • Supply chain experience including reverse logistics.
  • Passionate about Sustainability with a good understanding of Circular Economy principles.
  • Experience in product merchandising and understanding of business KPIs.
  • Innovation mindset and self-starting mentality.
  • Proven track record of problem solving in a team setting.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to communicate across all levels.



Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • 3 years of experience in Project Management, Business Development or similar.
  • Strong Project Management skills.
  • Analytical mindset
  • Cross functional experience, and successful in navigating a matrix organization Curious and entrepreneurial mindset, encouraging change, taking personal ownership, and motivating others to follow
  • A team player with a ‘can do’ and solution-oriented approach.
  • English business fluent, additional European Language preferred


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:  Manager Strategy Purpose & Sustainability (Circular Services) (m/w/d) - Europe

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Sales
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  407348
Date:  Jan 21, 2022