Senior Director Employee Relations - m/f/d

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

This is a new role in the recently created Employee Relations (ER) team. You will work alongside the newly appointed VP Employee Relations to implement the ER strategy ensuring a consistent employee experience across the Globe. As an ER expert you are required to educate and advise our employees about ER related policies, investigate concerns about potential policy violations and other workplace behavior, and support our employees through challenging workplace situations. A strong analyst, effective communicator, and calm operator you’ll make recommendations and decisions that have a direct impact on stewarding the adidas culture.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for all employee relations matters at our HQ in Germany and the rest of the Globe (excluding North America)
  • Supports the development and implementation of an ER global framework for all key ER activities
  • Conducts complex investigations in relation to ER matters e.g. bullying, harassment, discrimination and retaliation
  • Restores organizational health following an investigation or conflict in the workplace
  • Provides advice and counsel when complex workplace issues arise among employees at key points of the employee life cycle such as performance management and end of employment
  • Leads the mediation of complex disputes between different parties
  • Responsible for maintaining accurate ER records within a Case Management System allowing collaboration with key partners to share data insights and trends
  • Advises and trains managers and/or HR Business Partners on key ER processes
  • Coaches and develops ER experts (to be recruited) sharing skills and knowledge in a manner that is credible and inspires trust and engagement
  • Champions the adidas values and behaviors to drive a feedback culture


Key Relationships:

  • HRBPs and HR Community
  • Employment Legal
  • Compliance


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expertise in conducting complex workplace investigations and restoration of organizational health
  • Expertise in Employee Relations crisis management issues e.g., societal movements #metoo
  • Expertise in conflict resolution
  • Knowledge of discrimination and harassment laws in key EMEA countries e.g. UK, Germany, the Netherlands
  • Ability to comprehend, interpret, and apply the appropriate sections of applicable laws, guidelines, regulations, and policies
  • Thorough understanding of negotiation techniques and dispute resolution
  • Ability to remain tactful, calm, and persuasive in controversial and/or confrontational situations
  • Strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills with a proven ability to handle sensitive matters with empathy, tact and diplomacy
  • Proven leadership, people management, interpersonal and consensus building skills
  • Proven track record in interacting with senior management in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to work in and thrive in a changing business environment
  • Excellent English, both in speaking and writing


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Law, Labor Relations, Human Resources or equivalent
  • Min. 10 years of deep experience in Employee Relations at an international and matrixed organization working across EMEA. Employee Relations knowledge of other Geographies a plus e.g., Greater China
  • Employment/Labor Law experience applicable to Employee Relations issues in EMEA
  • Experience of leading an Employee Relations team
  • Significantly contributed to the strategy and vision of an Employee Relations Geography and/or overall function
  • Trained and/or qualified mediator a plus
  • Knowledge of sporting goods industry beneficial and retail and DC experience valued
  • Working knowledge of other languages than English are a plus, ideally German


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 Employee Relations - m/f/d

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Human Resources
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  437311
Date:  Jun 15, 2022