Senior Director Global Procurement - Professional Services (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization


Drive and lead the development of procurement category practices on a global scale together with stakeholders, including

  • Define and deploy sourcing strategies for professional services
  • Develop, own and execute stakeholder management to maximize total cost of ownership savings and Procurement’s value contribution 
  • Develop and Execute supplier relationship management strategies
  • Meet compliance targets with company policies, strategies, and processes
  • Deliver committed annual Procurement Savings targets & Working Capital improvements
  • Drive innovative approaches and continuous improvement practices for the category


Key Responsibilities
Drive and lead the category strategy for Professional Services

  • Analyze category and defines category profile, incl. risk assessment, supplier base assessment and SRM strategy 
  • Benchmark category practices to identify initiatives for improvement
  • Build category specific strategic plan in alignment with relevant business functions
  • Align strategic plan to financial budget and global business strategies 
  • Define P2P and buying channel strategies, identify and consider automation potential and P2P/ channel effectiveness


Drive and lead market strategy implementation and savings realization 

  • Initiate internal and external analysis (industry and supplier)
  • Consolidate requirements and act as business partner for business/ other functions, supporting the alignment and optimization of specification with the business / other functions
  • Lead/support contract implementation and drive contract compliance
  • Deliver annual savings according to the defined targets 


Govern and support the work and efforts of a cross-functional sourcing team in all stages of a strategic sourcing project

  • Collaborate and align with global/ market/ country procurement teams as applicable
  • Drive supplier selection and fact-based negotiations 
  • Lead e-RfX execution: Select supplier and drive fact-based negotiations
  • Collaborate with legal to finalize contractual agreement and its administration 
  • Work with Procurement Leads and business stakeholders to implement and activate contracts globally


Drive commercial supplier relationship with key suppliers within the defined category scope 

  • Implement, maintain and manage relationship with suppliers identified as key suppliers in the respective category, monitors performance of key strategic suppliers according to the guidelines
  • Lead supplier development activities: set up cross-functional review meetings with key strategic suppliers in order to improve performance and further cost / demand reductions
  • Support the identification of potential contract improvement opportunities and re-negotiations


Drive and manage relationship with key stakeholders and business representatives

  • Provide input on volume/ specification/ price to build smart consumption policies
  • Act as an escalation point for category related issues and drive resolution in line with global Procurement policies
  • Achieve “buy-in” from key stakeholders in the market for major procurement initiatives
  • Create and outline contribution for budget improvements
  • Foster that business needs are being identified, represented, and incorporated into category strategies
  • Act as Point of Contact for the business to assure business requirements are met

Key Relationships

  • Board members, CLG & ELG members
  • SVPs, VPs, Sr Directors & Directors (global & markets) of all functions and markets
  • Global & Market Procurement teams

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Advanced in sourcing strategies and procurement best practices in Professional Services 
  • Expert in professional services category management and sourcing execution on a global basis 
  • Extremely good knowledge of procurement strategy development and conveyance
  • Strong knowledge of procurement tools and data, content and automation
  • Expert in risk and compliance management
  • Strong ability to analyze specifications and influence demand
  • Extensive capability to independently interact throughout adidas
  • Proficiency in MS Office and preferably Ariba Guided Buying, Ariba eSourcing, SAP Fieldglass
  • Strong experience in Zero Based Budgeting Methodology related to Prof. Services
  • Project and process management knowledge and experience
  • Excellent presentation, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills
  • Action oriented and solution minded team player with high degree of self-management
  • Fluent in English, spoken and written 

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  • A master’s degree with emphasis on the areas of business, economics, finance, procurement or legal, or comparable professional education
  • At least 15 years’ working experience in similar or adequate roles in Professional Services in global companies

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Job Title:  Senior Director Global Procurement - Professional Services (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  381673
Date:  Jul 3, 2022