Senior Manager, Allocation



  • Drive and monitor execution of the Sourcing Allocation strategy within the Development season: ensure development of high-quality products by optimally utilizing supplier capabilities, and continuously optimize for product availability, landed costs, risk balancing, etc.
  • Drive long/mid-term capacity management in-line with the Sourcing strategy, considering individual BU plans and outcomes of Integrated Business Planning (IBP) process
  • Support the Director Allocation on the operational and strategic planning process; and in identifying/implementing initiatives that enhance the capabilities, efficiency, effectiveness and collaboration within the Sourcing organization


Key Responsibilities:


  • Drive Development allocation via allocation guidelines to stakeholders including products with sustainable materials; ensure optimal leverage of the centralized development approach incl. subsequent transfers / multiple-sourcing options
  • Manage Development allocation process via own analyses and discussions with LOs, BU Planning, to optimally execute the Sourcing allocation strategy and to achieve optimal service levels to the company
  • Monitor Development capacity and projected fulfilment performance, through ownership of a development capacity tool and drive dialogue with relevant stakeholders using a fact-based assessment
  • Work closely with suppliers and country management to provide the required capacities; work with functional and LO teams to communicate issues that may impact product creation or Group delivery performance; identify and drive improvement actions jointly with all relevant stakeholders
  • Monitor and drive analysis of yearly/seasonal allocation, category mix, volume efficiency, model mix, etc. and (as needed/required) communicate findings to relevant stakeholders and initiate changes to secure consistency of the Sourcing allocation strategy
  • Holistically support the end-to-end planning process of the Allocation and Planning team and maintain a strong link between teams to ensure effectiveness of the team
  • Liaise with Material and Costing Sourcing teams on key strategic allocation decisions for upcoming seasons to drive a synthesized risk assessment
  • Support the operational and strategic planning process (capacity and capability requirements), and implementation of improvement actions across the supply base.
  • Suggest improvement opportunities to the Sourcing allocation strategy
  • Manage selected projects as defined by Director, Allocation
  • Proactively work across functions to identify and resolve issues that are posing obstacles to the business.


Key Relationships: 


  • Stakeholders within the Allocation & Planning team including Delivery Performance Management and Planning Capacity and Business Analytics teams
  • Product Operation (POPS) teams including BU Planners and Development teams
  • Material and Costing Sourcing functions
  • LO Planning and Product Creation Managers
  • Global product supply
  • other GOPS functions including Logistics, Customs, etc.



Knowledge Skills and Abilities:


  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, able to communicate at senior management level
  • Understands trade and macro economic trends (costs, import duties, FTA, trade barriers) affecting imports from key source base countries into major markets
  • Good knowledge of the sporting goods industry and manufacturing methods a plus
  • Good knowledge of standard Software applications (Excel, PowerPoint, PowerBI)
  • Project management skills a plus


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 


  • Undergraduate university degree
  • Minimum of 7 years working experience in a Sourcing role or operations
  • Fluency in English, knowledge of another an advantage.

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Job Title:  Senior Manager, Allocation

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Hong Kong
TEAM:  Sourcing
State:  HK
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  495175
Date:  Mar 9, 2023