Senior Manager, Material Portfolio Management & Costing Footwear

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

  • Ensure a best-in-class and balanced supplier portfolio and actively manage the material category
  • Define data-driven sourcing best-practices and own advanced materials costing approaches 


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and build deep category knowledge, including supply market developments, manufacturing & costing processes to ensure best-in-class category management 
  • Build-up and manage a balanced and competitive supplier portfolio for the material category, taking into account internal and external factors (e.g., cost competitiveness, innovativeness, quality and speed)
  • Identify and evaluate new suppliers for material category and manage their onboarding in alignment with Materials Operations
  • Define sourcing strategies for the material category jointly with the Director of Portfolio Management and Costing
  • Execute the portfolio strategy for the material category and give input to local Materials Operations teams to derive and execute local sourcing strategy across categories
  • Own & drive commercial relationship to all material category suppliers across countries
  • Prepare, align internally and conduct seasonal price negotiations, this includes but is not limited to  the negotiation strategy, monitoring of raw material markets and the break-down of negotiation targets to supplier level
  • Propose seasonal supplier reactions in alignment with Materials Operations and other stakeholders,  as a result of the seasonal negotiations and the tracking of, e.g., the supplier’s performance 
  • Re-allocate optimized materials towards the best performing suppliers and ensure the required system implementation
  • Consult HQ teams as well as LO Development and Production on the allocation of new developments
  • Track the implementation of the defined portfolio strategy, e.g., no new developments with suppliers that will be phased-out
  • Develop, maintain and apply advanced materials costing approaches, e.g., should-be costing or comprehensive cost breakdowns for the material category
  • Share cost indications for new developments to stakeholders where appropriate
  • Develop and apply advanced procurement techniques, e.g., tendering of materials
  • Track, monitor & create reporting on category KPI’s, including spend, savings, volume, etc.


Key Relationships:

  • T1 & T2 suppliers
  • Materials operations
  • Materials technology incubation
  • LO Operations
  • LO Costing
  • Finance
  • BUs
  • Horizontal teams


Knowledge, Transferrable Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong business sense and analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal relationship building skills with different cultures
  • Strong negotiation and costing skills
  • Excellent presentation and communications skills (written and verbal)
  • Advanced knowledge of polymer market – especially rubber, EVA, PU foams, adhesives, and thermoplastics - formulations, processing, machinery, and physical testing knowledge an advantage
  • Ability to drive initiatives and change
  • Knowledge of footwear manufacturing industry preferred
  • Ability to work independently under pressure and to deadlines
  • Fluent in English both written and spoken

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Finance or Procurement preferred. Or technical degree with major focus in Manufacturing & Project Management, Textile Engineering, Polymer Chemistry or other material related field
  • Knowledge of project management methodology preferred
  • Minimum 6 years professional experience, preferably in an analytical position in a manufacturing or procurement environment (or materials)
  • Knowledge of athletic footwear industry preferred but not required
  • Great skills in MS office applications

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, Material Portfolio Management & Costing Footwear

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Ho Chi Minh City
TEAM:  Sourcing
State:  65
Country/Region:  VN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  327929
Date:  Jun 11, 2021