Senior Manager, Creative Shoot & Production

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


Manage and deliver internal and consumer facing cross-media (print, digital and TV) shoot and production solutions for all Communications activation levels:

  • The leadership and management of internal / external producers on executing shoots
  • Executing more complex and large-scale productions
  • Input and support on strategic and production infrastructure directives (AKA “Production Operations”) including leading certain assignments under such directives



Key Responsibilities:

Leadership and management:

  • Understanding Communications agency briefs, calendars, budgets, creative approach and final creative to inform team resource decisions, realise shoot efficiency opportunities and ultimately ensure on-time delivery to markets, on-budget and quality productions
  • Within geographical / category teams identifying resource gaps, recruitment of internal and external producers and production support, training and development, externals’ SoW and payments, assignment / placement per shoot and general management of their daily tasks



  • Producing, leading and being the production authority on large-scale shoots
  • Creatively producing best value, innovative and integrated shoots that fulfil the creative vision and optimise the creative opportunity, feasibility checks, art buying of creative capture (directors / videographers / photographers) when required, procuring appropriate production resources (agency production resources, production companies / houses, freelance producers, crew, glam, locations etc.), managing production costs (bids / estimate reviews, negotiations and payments), production timelines (pre-production, shoot and post schedules), correct Business Affairs (clearances and insurances), product sample sourcing and provision, securing athlete and talent attendance (together with Communications and Sports Marketing / Entertainment and Influencer Marketing), travel requirements of non-adidas persons, on-set attendance and production, facilitating the post-production retouching / editing to English language master process, facilitating the music sync to picture, wrapping including Production Completion Reports and initiating cost reconciliations and shoot image / footage archiving
  • Responsible for the marketing content creation at events


Strategic and production infrastructure directives (Production Operations):

  • Supporting the creating, developing, implementation and use of production standards, processes, policies and tools
  • Supporting the management of production infrastructure including the Shoot Calendar, Team Flight Board, Production Preferred Suppliers List, internal owned / leased studios, external production cost consultancy, Business Affairs initiatives, stock imagery relationships and shoot product samples process
  • Lead certain assignments



Key Relationships:


  • Business Unit Communications teams
  • Brand Design
  • Sports Marketing
  • Entertainment and Influencer Marketing
  • Finance and Group Procurement
  • Legal
  • Brand Communications Operations colleagues including internal / external producers, Business Affairs, Music, Localisations and Global Asset Creation Team
  • Local adidas markets (Production, Marketing, Design and Procurement teams)
  • Corporate Property and Services



  • Creative agencies (account and production teams)
  • Independent creative / art directors
  • Production partners (agency in-house production, production companies / houses and independent producers)
  • Creative capture – directors, videographers and photographers and their agents
  • Production resources (crew, glam, models, security, locations, catering etc.)
  • Post production agencies
  • Production cost consultants
  • Stock imagery suppliers
  • Product sample warehouse






  • Realising the creative vision and optimising the creative opportunity with creative producing
  • Shoots and quality final deliverables delivered on-time and on-budget
  • Cross-Business Unit and cross-discipline integrated shoot solutions
  • Solid internal and external resourcing of producers and production support to service internal clients and balanced allocation of workload
  • Financial efficiency of Communications production budgets and OOH including travel and expenses



Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Team management experience - recruitment, training and development of internal and external personnel
  • Experience in cross-media (print, digital and TV) shoot or event production with knowledge of producing in worldwide locations / for worldwide markets
  • Working knowledge of production in client, agency and production company / house
  • Experience within or servicing an international brand
  • Budget management and cost negotiations of 1+ mio EUR budgets per production (and mostly TV lead)
  • Experience in working with athletes and / or celebrities
  • Solid understanding of marketing industries, processes and communication channels
  • Experience in contributing to the development and deployment of marketing strategic / operational initiatives
  • Broad understanding and passion for the sports industry



Soft Skills:

  • Relentless drive and a commitment.  Believes the impossible is possible.
  • Confident, professional and calm – works well under pressure
  • Organised, proactive, solution orientated and energetic multi-tasker able to use initiative, prioritise team and personal workload and have a team deliver creative production solutions under tight timelines and budget constraints
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Strong interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Collaborative.  Able to partner with internal and external teams of all professional levels / experience.  Flexible to variable team dynamics and cultures.  Quickly builds and nurtures mutually strong working relationships.
  • Embraces and promotes new ways of working.  Fosters a learning culture.
  • Works well under remote management and can manage a team remotely whilst travelling
  • Able and willing to travel locally, within Europe and internationally at short notice up to 40% annually





Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ years’ experience in cross-media (print, digital and TV) shoot production with knowledge of producing in worldwide locations / for worldwide markets
  • 2+ years’ experience managing a team
  • Experience in managing a mixed model internal / external team an advantage
  • Proven strong academics including a Shoot Production, Marketing, Business, Art or related degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience client-side within an international brand is an advantage
  • Experience within sporting goods and / or fashion brands an advantage
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Apple OS
  • Fluent (spoken and written) in English.  Additional languages are an advantage.


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 Manager, Creative Shoot & Production

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Marketing & Communications
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  268588