Senior Director for Apparel Design, Advanced Concepts

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


  • Drive revolutionary Innovations for the category, lead the sport into the future; create a vision for sport.
  • Liaise between Sports Performance and other BU functions regarding strategy/roadmap to fulfill the vision
  • Create holistic Innovation experiences that span product to retail.  Work horizontally to drive, collaborate and communicate concepts.
    Key Responsibilities:
  • Drive and disseminate research in both soft (Psychological) and hard (Technical) innovation.  Develop a deep understanding of the sport, and consumer as well as key research.  Work with universities, agencies, and partners to stay on the cutting edge of research in the sport.
  • Immerse the team in the lives of the consumer to understand their needs, wants, and pain points – be consumer centric.
  • Collaborate and communicate with the trend group to understand macro and micro or vertical trends.
  • Develop the story of the concept that translates into an innovation experience.  Develop and hand over a complete concept story that takes the inline team and ultimately the consumer on a journey.
  • Work with Technology partners to find new materials, techniques, constructions, and solutions for consumer pain points and to fulfill needs and desires.
  • Steer the category Future team to fulfill innovation stories and experiences to hit all deadlines.
  • Work with other BU functions to create concept launch plans, lifecycle, and business models and plans (if needed).
  • Unite Sports Performance team including design, engineering, research, and project management toward a common goal.
  • Ensure the transition of projects to other BU functions smoothly and consult if needed.
  • Drive the testing of products and materials for quality, fit, wear, and biomechanical properties to fulfill adidas standards.
  • Be the spokesperson for specific innovation for internal communication as well as outside media.
  • Manage a team and develop their functional and social skills using available resources to create a top performing team.
    Key Relationships:
  • All BU functions
  • Future group competencies
  • Global Consumer Insight
  • Trend group
  • External partners – universities, agencies, factories, and suppliers
  • Athlete Services
  • Athletes and consumers
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Leadership – Visionary thinking – ability to envision the future of the sport.  Create and inspire a vision and a strategy to achieve it. 
  • Provide a framework for performance to the team to achieve the vision and strategy. 
  • Display analytical and strategic thought in decision-making.
  • Effective and consistent collaboration and communication within a cross-functional team and cultivates strong cross-functional relationships. 
  • Display a deep understanding of the consumer, the market and trends associated that shows a category specific competency.
  • Strong analytical, process and organizational skills.
  • Experience and understanding of marketing principles
  • Ability to manage and motivate a diverse and highly skilled/educated team as well as develop them through talent management and personal development plans.  Aid in mentoring and identifying career paths.
  • Understanding of the product creation process and costing
  • Very strong presentation and communication skills – internal and external (media, university, and agency partners)
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to manage a budget
  • Ability to manage change
  • Fearless and risk taking – ability to learn from mistakes, challenge the status quo
  • Confident in conflict resolution
  • Positive and productive – positive team culture, and inspires creativity
  • Persuader and motivator
  • Fluent in English (spoken and written)
    Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university in a relevant Design subject or equivalent relevant industry experience
  • Minimum of 10 years practical experience in a relevant area
  • Minimum of 5 years of management including team leadership

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Job Title:  Senior Director for Apparel Design, Advanced Concepts

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Design
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  262050