Senior Design Director Brand Expression - BU Sportswear and Training (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


  • Lead the brand design team by providing brand defining creative leadership for the visual image, tonality and voice of the Sportswear brand across all communications and touchpoints.
  • Create and build the creative direction for Sportswear Brand Identity and manage the brand design team in executing against it, be it in-house or via creative partners.
  • Harmonize direction with all other Brand Expression disciplines and key stakeholders.



Key Responsibilities:


  • Lead the brand design team by providing brand defining creative leadership for the visual image and voice of the Sportswear brand across all communications and touchpoints, ensuring end-to-end creative excellence, from sell-in (internal) to sell-out (consumer-facing).
  • Own the visual direction and brand voice of Sportswear for consumer facing work: images, both still and moving, photography, illustration, typography, branding, color, composition, copy and brand voice/tonality.
  • Create a holistic big picture vision for the Sportswear brand and lead the creation of annual and long-term Creative Direction strategies for sub-brands, including the creation of a brand bible, seasonal guidelines and franchise specific creative direction.
  • Collaborate and align sub-brand creative vision with the wider brand vision and Brand Expression teams and equivalents in other BUs.
  • Advise BU Comms on the effective implementation of Brand Expression, including defining creative territories and briefing of third party agencies. 
  • Consult and collaborate with senior stakeholders of Product Design teams to ensure holistic  end-to-end storytelling.
  • Review and approve creative execution at key creative milestones, aligning feedback with the Creative Director and communicating edits, changes or opportunities to agencies/internal teams with clarity.
  • Seek out new creative resources and partners that can deliver world class results.
  • Support Brand Comms with on-time and on-budget completion of initiatives and projects.
  • Contribute to adidas’ creative community – culture and behaviors.
  • Give concrete direction for selection of creative partners such as photographers, illustrators, videographers, directors, writers, agencies and freelancers consistent with budget allocation.
  • Brief external design agencies according to Creative Direction.
  • Act as a creative leader and thought leader in the realm of creative direction and brand building for the wider BU.
  • Build and lead a highly engaged creative team through the recruitment and professional development of members, including coaching and performance management.
  • Delegation and distribution of projects and budgets to the brand expression team.




Key Relationships:


  • Creative Director
  • Director Creative Projects
  • Design Directors, Senior Designers
  • Holistic Brand Expression Team
  • Product Marketing teams
  • Product Design teams
  • Brand Communications
  • Retail, C2C
  • External Agencies and Art/Creative Directors
  • External Creative Resources



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • IT skills:  Excel, Word, PowerPoint: advanced /Outlook
  • Design apps: expert
  • Strong visual and verbal skills with the ability to create impactful/exciting visuals
  • Language: English: excellent
  • Passion for adidas Sportswear and the culture it represents
  • Passion for creativity & design



Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:


  • Under-graduate level Design education or combination thereof
  • Solid education and advanced experience in the creative development of communication tools and brand building
  • At least 10 years experience in Sporting Goods/Fashion Industry or Design on managerial level
  • 5 years personnel management experience
  • Proven experience with the entire design process (project scope and time planning, design steps, production/execution of design solution, pre-press processes)


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 Design Director Brand Expression - BU Sportswear and Training (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  354109
Date:  Dec 25, 2021